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Matt Derrick
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Slab City, CA
Professional Adventurer

Matt Derrick

StP Founder, Admin, and travel addict, Male,

Slab City, CA, United States

Staff Member Admin

got my first root canal today, fuckin shit cost $1,700 bucks! May 14, 2018

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May 20, 2018 at 8:23 PM
    1. Littlecrow
    2. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      got my first root canal today, fuckin shit cost $1,700 bucks!
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      3. Matt Derrick
        Matt Derrick
        thanks! did you get the book? have you had a chance to check it out yet?
        May 19, 2018 at 11:26 AM
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      4. NotmybestNotmyworst
        PS. You guys need some "socialist" welfare :p
        May 19, 2018 at 11:26 AM
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      5. NotmybestNotmyworst
        Never really did yet. Quickly looked through it. It will be the next book i read though. Im a one book at a time kind of guy in general. It will be kept in the campe at all times for anyone to see though. Thanks again :)
        May 19, 2018 at 11:28 AM
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    3. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      Finally updated the featured threads slider after neglecting it for a year or more...
    4. dumpsternavel
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      2. Matt Derrick
        Matt Derrick
        awwww! you too!!!
        May 9, 2018
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    5. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      Made some changes to our caching system, if you see anything weird try ctrl+shift+R and it should work fine again.
    6. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      haven't been on stp much lately due to catching a pretty annoying cold.
      1. sd40chef
        garlic and tea tree oil. hehehe....
        May 11, 2018
    7. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      StP will be offline for 2 hours starting at 11pm tonight while we do some server maintenance.
      1. Gaucho Deluxe likes this.
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      3. Gaucho Deluxe
        Gaucho Deluxe
        Its not doing it now but it was yesterday a bunch and did it a bit when I first logged on today. Like everything was scrambled. I will if it does it again. I'm on mobile so that might be why.
        May 1, 2018
      4. Matt Derrick
        Matt Derrick
        yeah sounds like a browser issue. i'd try a different one if you can (chrome/firefox/opera).
        May 1, 2018
      5. Gaucho Deluxe
        Gaucho Deluxe
        Yea I'm on puffin browser. I like it though because its fast on mobile.
        May 1, 2018
    8. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      added may day to the annual event list, you should add your own events if you know of something other travelers should check out!
    9. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      dentist visit today was 500 bucks; 2nd will be 780. Better than the 4k i was quoted by the other one. New job's dental should do the rest
      1. Koala, croc, Hillbilly Castro and 3 others like this.
      2. A Simple Step Van
        A Simple Step Van
        That sounds much more reasonable, good luck on yer second visit. ~ peace and heard your podcast yesterday
        Apr 26, 2018
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      3. Hillbilly Castro
        Hillbilly Castro
        goddamn dude, that's a lot better. hope everything gets patched up just right.
        Apr 26, 2018
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      4. Coywolf
        Heal up quick, Matt. Dental pain/work is the worst. I'm sure I'm due pretty quick. In glad it was less than quoted. Killin' it with the dental coverage!
        Apr 26, 2018
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    10. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      generally feeling a bit better about my lot in life right now. gonna use my time off the road to do productive things!
      1. meatcomputer, Koala, Odin and 5 others like this.
    11. Haxsys
      On my way out to slabs.

      Would love to meetup
      1. Matt Derrick
        Matt Derrick
        i'm long gone man, left over 2 months ago. im up in washington state if you're coming through this way.
        Apr 4, 2018
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    12. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      Added an 'edit' button to the Urban Exploration Wiki page. Now that this works, more wiki pages will be coming to various sections soon!
      1. Lob, Nailz, Geraldo and 1 other person like this.
    13. PeacefulSoul
      you been to tucson? id like to know a few things about the place while i try to make my way east
    14. Mad Mike
      Mad Mike
      So I tried to donate and the only option I see is PayPal haven't had much luck with them do I have to buy a prepaid PayPal card I can't do it through a Visa card
      1. Matt Derrick
        Matt Derrick
        we also take well-concealed cash or money orders mailed to:

        Matt Derrick
        1501 Twin Lakes Rd.
        Cle Elum, WA 98922
        Mar 29, 2018
    15. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      StP has it's first working wiki page that you can test in the Urban Exploration section!
    16. 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.
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    17. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      Making good progress on getting the articles area rebuilt, looking forward to posting my article about slab city soon!
    18. Matt Derrick
      Matt Derrick
      Copies of the Anarchist's Guide to Travel are available once more on our Etsy store!
      1. dumpsternavel likes this.
    19. 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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      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
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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:
    • Cis 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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