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Matt Derrick
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Slab City, CA
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Matt Derrick

StP Founder, Admin, and travel addict, Male,

Slab City, CA, United States
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StP has it's first working wiki page that you can test in the Urban Exploration section! Mar 12, 2018

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    1. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      StP has it's first working wiki page that you can test in the Urban Exploration section!
      1. Countrytime Sky likes this.
    2. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      I'm testing a new push notification system for StP, so if you see an alert window, press the 'fuck yes' button.
    3. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      Making good progress on getting the articles area rebuilt, looking forward to posting my article about slab city soon!
    4. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      Copies of the Anarchist's Guide to Travel are available once more on our Etsy store!
    5. anyiki
      chuckling to myself reading the guide from time to time ... thank you for this work of candid brilliance !!!!
      1. Matt Derrick
        Matt Derrick
        ha thank you! let me know if you have any suggestions!
        Feb 4, 2018
      2. wISDOM
        I like the diagram/guide for choosing dumpster food. " dont mind diarrhea? Go for it!
        Feb 8, 2018
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    6. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      Man running StP means you gotta do a shitload of repetitive work that no one will ever notice or appreciate (fixing the help section).
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      2. anyiki
        forever gr8ful forever young
        Feb 4, 2018
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      3. Aussie Timm
        Aussie Timm
        Rather than me constantly reporting spambots that pop up, if you make me a mod im happy to remove the spambots myself. Even if thats all im allowed to do. Then you and the other mods can concentrate on the more important stuff. I can be the "office junior" doing the simple mundane boring tasks
        Feb 4, 2018
      4. Hobo Mud
        Hobo Mud
        I am sure that most of us have no clue as to what is involved into updating and keeping things operational.

        I do certainly appreciate all the hard work matt. You have created something special here and I hope it is here for years to come. Safe travels matt!
        Feb 12, 2018
    7. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      Last chance to get an StP bandana, only 8 left and they're not coming back for a long time!
    8. AutisticSpider
      Hello. Why does my introduction post have handcuffs? Does that mean no one is allowed to view it?
      1. Matt Derrick
        Matt Derrick
        that's a pair of binoculars. it means you're 'watching' the thread and you'll get alerts/emails when someone replies. also, this is a terrible place to get support, please post in the feedback/announcements section instead.
        Feb 12, 2018
    9. NoMaDicT
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      2. Matt Derrick
        Matt Derrick
        Thanks man! I'm glad you liked it! Would you mind taking a minute to write a review on the Amazon page? I'm trying to get 25 reviews posted, since then it starts showing up in more search results, and then (hopefully) more people will find out about it!
        Dec 2, 2017
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      3. NoMaDicT
        Yeah sure :p Anything to help man
        Dec 2, 2017
    10. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      Back in Slab City after visiting the family for the holidays. Looking forward to getting some work done on StP!
      1. RucksackRevolt
        Might come out there in a couple weeks. Look forward to possibly meeting you in person!
        Dec 2, 2017
    11. JohnMorningstar
      I was wondering if there was any way to change user names?
      1. Matt Derrick
      2. JohnMorningstar
        Much love
        Nov 21, 2017
    12. Pinklemonade666
      Im from East Van. I might to get evicted in 2 days. Is there anyone I can couch surfing at or set a tent for a little while . Or Revelstoke
      1. Aussie Timm
        Aussie Timm
        Hey matt, hows it going? Im pinkle :) Absolutely awsome site you have here :) Thanks for pouring your time and effort into it to help your fellow misfit traveling hobo. Anyways, im in a spot of bother. Im about to get evicted from my place in East Vancouver. Could you please give me some advice on some good squats or a couch to surf in the area? Thankyou
        Oct 29, 2017
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      2. Matt Derrick
        Matt Derrick
        i don't know about that area specifically, but itsn't it really cold up there? why not hitch down to slab city? it's nice and warm here....
        Nov 21, 2017
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      3. leathertramp
        Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island are both near to you. These are both places I have found it easy to live in tents and shacks all year. Not as warm as the slabs, but it is also not 'maarica.
        Dec 4, 2017
    13. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      1. Geraldo, Coywolf, Aussie Timm and 2 others like this.
      2. Aussie Timm
        Aussie Timm
        Ive ordered one. Should see it in a couple weeks. Look forward to reading it
        Oct 28, 2017
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      3. Matt Derrick
        Matt Derrick
        thanks timm! i appreciate the support and i really hope you like it! if you have time, post a review on amazon when you finish it, it helps a lot!
        Oct 29, 2017
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      4. Aussie Timm
        Aussie Timm
        Will do!
        Oct 29, 2017
    14. Doc Road
      Doc Road
      Hey just noticed you up in Seattle. Im still hear. Hit me up if you are.
    15. NotSoSirius
      happy late birthday dad. I got you exactly what you got me last year, jack shit. lol
      1. Matt Derrick
        Matt Derrick
        and I heard Jack left town...
        Aug 17, 2017
    16. landpirate
      Happy Birthday! ::drinkingbuddy::
      1. Matt Derrick and AAAutin like this.
    17. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      I don't always speak in paradoxes, but when I do, I don't.
    18. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      Headed out to Seattle today, StP folks in the area feel free to hit me up and say hi.
      1. happythoughts123 likes this.
    19. VikingAdventurer
      Just out of curiosity, how much $$ should I donate to StP in order to become a "lifetime donor"?

      I'd like to do that this year, if I can swing it.
    20. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      1. dumpsternavel and RucksackRevolt like this.
      2. dumpsternavel
        Jul 16, 2017
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      3. Coywolf
        Bought one. Thanks!
        Aug 9, 2017
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  • About

    My Website(s):
    Current Location:
    Slab City, CA
    Professional Adventurer
    Baltimore, Maryland, USA
    Favorite place:
    Tortuga Islands (Near Key West, FL)
    Preferred method(s) of travel:
    Bike Touring, Sailing, Vandwelling
    Are you traveling now?:
    Planning to
    Spoken Languages:
    English (fluent)
    Gender Identity:
    • Male
    Sexual Orientation(s):
    • Heteroflexible
    Preferred pronoun:
    He / Him
    Relationship status:
    Open / Polyamorous
    Political leanings:
    Computers, programming, graphic design, writing, travel research
    Instruments played:
    Guitar (6 string), Bass Guitar (4 string)
    Favorite curse word:
    Fucking shit.
    Favorite websites:
    Hey, I'm Matt Derrick, the founder of Squat the Planet. If you're reading this, you obviously want to know more about me, so here we go:

    So if you haven't guessed from seeing this website, I'm a big computer geek / gamer, but I like to do other things as well. I enjoy photography and making videos, and I'm pretty much addicted to traveling by any method necessary. I've been thinking about bike touring a lot lately, since it seems to meet a happy medium between freedom and minimal cost.

    I love metal, some punk rock and especially punkish electronic music. I'm also big on comic books, sci-fi books, horror movies, conventions, etc... I told you I'm a nerd :p

    I'm a huge fan of exploring abandoned places (aka Urban Exploration), and I'm constantly documenting places I'd like to explore someday, which has kind of made me an encyclopedia for that kind of stuff. Check out my list of destinations!

    In the future, I'd like to ride trains in Australia, bike across parts of America, and see what the squats in Europe are like. All the while documenting various punk/anarcho cultures around the world.

    I'm always looking for people to travel with, so if you're interested in any of these things, send me a message!

    My History:

    I first started traveling when I was eighteen, after my car blew up in Eugene, Oregon on my way to Los Angeles in 1998. After meeting my first travelers there I spent the next six months hitchhiking up and down the west coast, and finally hopping my first train.

    After that adventure I did eventually make it to Los Angeles where I spent the next three years working and living in the punk rock scene. I eventually figured out that LA is fucked, and it was at that point I finally left that awful place and started traveling full time.

    It was at that point (2001) that I started Squat the Planet as a website. Keep in mind this was long before anyone knew what a 'blog' was, so I was just coding the html in windows notepad to fulfill my geeky needs while also documenting my adventures. My hope at that time was to inspire others to travel in the same way I was at that time. You can still see an old version of this website here.

    It wasn't until 2006 that I added a forum to the website, which turned out to be StP's most popular feature. Since then it's grown into the community you see before you today.

    In 2008 I decided to give up train hopping as my main form of transportation, and moved on to buying a school bus on ebay that I named Thunderhorse. I spent almost a year in New Orleans before driving up to Yellowstone National Park to work for the summer.

    I drove down the west coast through San Francisco and Los Angeles on my way to Slab City. After spending a few months there I finally made the bus' last trek to Austin, where I eventually traded it for a van that crapped out on me a few months later :(

    Since then I've ridden a go kart on railroad tracks in the desert, renovated a boat to sail the Caribbean, and worked my ass off to make StP the website you see today. I hope you find it useful!


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    Questions? Contact me at [email protected]!
    You can also get the latest updates regarding StP on my Twitter account!
    Please do not ask me questions about train hopping. There's an entire forum section for that. Thanks!

    Also, the rumors of my oogledom have been greatly exaggerated. :p

    The long-awaited book, The Anarchist's Guide to Travel is now finished!
    The ultimate guide to answering all your questions about underground travel is here!

    Click here to find out more info and where to purchase!
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