Dave Whipple is a popular outdoorsman and YouTuber.

He has more than 800 thousand subscribers on his YouTube channel by the name Bushradical.

Dave is also a motivational speaker and also appeared on a TV show.


David Whipple (Dave Whipple) was born on 8 February 1976.

He grew up in the middle of lower rural Michigan amongst Amish.

Dave did his schooling from Morley Stanwood High School in Michigan.

He has a brother, Ryan Whipple and a sister.

Ryan Whipple is also a YouTuber and has a YouTube channel by the name black spruce focusing on outdoor projects.

Survival and Danger books of Ben East influenced Dave towards the outdoors and survival.

Career & his first YouTube channel-

Dave has been a concrete tradesman, specifically a cement finisher since passing out from the high school, his job involves pouring concrete.

He also worked as a cement contractor and did foundations and slabs.

Apart from this, Dave also flips a lot of musical instruments and he also built and sold many houses and cabins.

He used to love playing guitar and singing in his rock band, The Atomic Honkies.

In 1999, Dave worked as a caretaker at the Starrigavan Campground in Sitka, Alaska and then, he moved to the Aleutian Islands in Alaska and became Remote Caretaker of a remote homestead for a period of seven months.

On 7 January 2014, he started his first YouTube channel by the name whip’s cheap guitars.

As of November 2022, Dave isn’t active on this channel and the last video on this channel was published on 15 November 2019.

In 2000, he and Brooke met Neil Eklund who at that time was operating a 40 by 70 foot log raft on the Yukon river and they got an opportunity to work on the log raft.

From 2014 to 2015, Dave worked at National Geographic and from 2016 to 2017, he worked at History television network on the Alone series.

In 2018, he also started making and selling regular knives and ulu knives.

Meeting Brooke & getting married-

Dave met Brooke at the Ferris State University and at that time, he was a guitarist in a rock band and she was the lead singer of another rock band by the name Dive.

They fell in love and got married on 12 October 1998 on a beach in Jamaica.

Much like Dave, Brooke Whipple is also very much into outdoors and has a popular YouTube channel by the name Girl in the Woods.

This couple has a son, Mickey and a daughter, Belle who are also interested in the outdoors.

Building his first off-the-grid cabin-

In 2001, Dave and Brooke built their first ever cabin on their two-acre property outside of Fairbanks, Alaska.

This was the first property that they ever bought and it cost them $6,000.

Dave and Brooke built their 12ft x 12ft cabin with the timber logs on their property and during this process, they lived in an 8ft x 8ft tent.

During that time, he was working as a cement finisher in Fairbanks, Alaska and she was working as a Recreation Director at Chena Hot Springs Resort in Fairbanks.

The total cost of 2-acre land and building the cabin was $7,970.

It took them three months to build the cabin and they lived in it for two and a half years.

Thanks to this cabin, Dave learnt a lot of skills and gained confidence and a positive perspective on living off-the-grid.

Later, they purchased multiple properties and built cabins on them.

In 2021, he and Brooke bought an 80 acre remote wilderness property near Lake Superior.

How does he afford living off-the-grid?

Since the beginning, Dave has been living frugally.

He built cabins with only the money out of his pocket without any bank financing and thanks to this, he stayed free from mortgages and he used to sell his cabins in cash sales.

Also, Dave never had a car payment and he used to buy only used vehicles which he could fix himself.

Thanks to all the above mentioned things, he was able to stay debt-free and this greatly helped him live off-the-grid.

Dave prefers living off-the-grid as it is more affordable as here, he doesn’t pay power, water, TV and heat bills and also off-the-grid is more peaceful and laid back which allows him to focus on doing creative things like working on his YouTube channel, etc.

His multiple streams of income greatly helps him in living off-the-grid.

Appearing on the History television network-

In 2016, Dave along with Brooke participated in the Alone season 4 on History television network.

They competed in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada and lasted for 49 days but weren’t able to win.

Starting Bushradical-

Dave observed that the My Self Reliance YouTube channel of Shawn James focusing on the off-grid cabin lifestyle was performing very well and as he too was into the off-grid lifestyle for many years, he decided to start his YouTube channel.

So, he started his YouTube channel by the name Bushradical on 27 January 2017.

As Dave has been living an off-grid lifestyle for many years, he plugged those clips into his YouTube videos and also started showcasing his new cabins and as the off-grid has been a popular niche on YouTube, his channel succeeded.

As of November 2022, he has 858K subscribers on Bushradical YouTube channel and he earns from advertisements on his YouTube videos.

He uses a Canon Vixia HF G20 camera and uses a MacBook Pro and edits his videos with iMovie.

Dave loves travelling and has travelled extensively in Alaska (he lived in Alaska for six years) and also travelled to Canada.

He is tall at 6′2″.


In 2006, at 30, Dave developed severe stomach pain and lost 40 pounds and ended up in hospital.

He was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease but in 2008, a CT scan revealed that he was suffering from scar tissue bowel obstruction, he eventually lost a lot of weight.

Then, a surgery was performed upon him in Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota which was successful and thankfully, he eventually recovered.

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