Off the Grid




Off the Grid and Living in the Woods on Ose Mountain, Alaska

My name is Duane Arthur Ose and I am here to tell you a story.

I became disabled 1977. I first came to Alaska from Minnesota in 1982. I liked what I saw and I spent the next several years researching the federal Homestead act of 1864 while I explored the deep wilderness of Alaska.

In July of 1985, I staked out my Homestead and filed in October of 1986 to become the last homesteader in America. My wife and I have spent nearly 3 decades living off the grid and in the deep woods of Alaska.

I named Ose Mountain after my surname Ose. My ancestry dates back to Norway and the Vikings. We are a hardy adventurous people.

I came to Ose Mountain by hiking 3 1/2 miles up a high hill, 1205 feet above sea level,
hauling everything on my back. I climbed the mountain because I did not wish to live in a valley where the cold air settles a rather high up where the warm air rises.

Being at the top of the mountain I am also blessed with a beautiful southern view view of  “The Great One” Mt Denali.  The earth here comes from a ancient Birch forest, giving us a fertile soil nested in a sheltered bowl protected from the North winds. Our massive log home is built on a ridge which my wife Rena and I live within our means, off grid and created a new life.

All that you will see is what we made ourselves from the resources provided by the land and our hard work

Before I was married to Rena, I was asked where is your wife? I replied as soon as I have the house built I will search for that special lady.

They told me quite sharply, I had to find that lady first in order to work together as one in the building of your home.

I searched the world over and Rena and I came to be. Rena is from a city in Ontario Canada. We both prefer the northern climate and enjoy our Mountain home.

Please feel free to visit often as I will be adding more pictures and stories for you. I ask that you leave comments because we like to read them and we like to reply.  Also, please subscribe to our site and we will send you an e-mail when I add more pictures and posts.

 Here is a song about our home on Ose Mountain by my long time friend Steve Mahlum

Thanks for stopping by

Duane and Rena Ose

Living in the woods and off the grid on Ose Mountain, Alaska.


  • Living in the woods Ose Mountain, Alaska
    This is a 3,000' bird's eye view of our home completely off the grid on Ose Mountain, Alaska