When Wisconsin highs are below zero, the last place most people would think about spending their time is outside. But for a University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP) senior, outside is home – with a little help from his tipi.
Gerrid Greenwood, a 21-year-old wildlife ecology major, has been living in his tipi since August, only taking time away during UWSP’s winter break.
The idea came to him during his sophomore year of high school when he read “The Last American Man.”
“When Eustace Conway was in college he lived in a tipi so I thought, ‘well, why can’t I do the same thing?’ He lived in North Carolina – living in Wisconsin is a little different,” Greenwood said. “I have been living out here through the dead of winter.
“It is more ecologically sustainable than living in a traditional dwelling and allows me to experience the natural world at its most natural level, which cannot be achieved by separating myself by concrete and siding,” Greenwood said. “It has changed the monotony of everyday life and is a great conversation starter.
“It is fulfilling to know I am capable of supporting myself in many aspects of my life, which gives me the feeling of freedom,” he said.