Over the last few years, people have been increasingly opting for the homestead way of life. The concept of living a scaled-down, simpler, off-the-grid life is very much the hype. But what most first-timers never consider, is the steep learning curve. The transition from a well-provided lifestyle to where you have to get everything for yourself is not as easy as many think. This is where Marty Raney steps in. Marty journeys to several homesteads teaching the families how best to survive. The adventure of Marty and his crew is well documented in the reality TV series, Homestead Rescue. In this article, we will explore Marty’s biography.
Who is Marty Raney?
Marty Raney is a television personality, author, homestead builder, master stone mason, hunter & mountain guide. Marty was born on July 28, 1956, and grew up in North Bend, Washington. As a young kid, Marty preferred the wilderness as opposed to the concrete jungle. Marty dropped out of school at the age of 16 and worked as a logger.
Career and progression:
A student of mother nature, Marty did not bother to finish high school. In 1974, at 18 years of age, Marty decided to move to Alaska. His very first home in Alaska was a floating logging camp on Prince of Wales Island. Not only was his home off-grid, but it was also off-land. After his marriage, Martin came abroad but moved deeper into the Alaskan region. Marty was living in a place that would barely classify as a part of Haines, Alaska. The place had a greater concentration of Alaska Bears than humans.
In 1979, the family moved to the Wasilla Area. We can say it also opened the door for his mountain expedition. In 1986 Marty climbed Denali mountain for the first time. And a few years later in 1998, he got into the guiding expedition business. And while guiding expeditions was off during winters, Marty found a way to occupy other businesses as well. He started building homesteads through his company Alaska Stone and Log. As the name suggests Marty runs the business with the use of stones, logs, and natural materials lying around to make or reform old homesteads.
Choosing to live life off the grid is never easy. While the way of living does have its perks, it requires tremendous patience and courage. After all, the family had to do without power, water, plumbing, or heat. But over the years, Marty and his family built immense character and started enjoying their time on the cold continent.
Now, Marty does the teaching and travels helping other homesteaders learn the ways. He is often joined by daughter Misty who is a good carpenter and a farmer, and son Matt a proficient hunter. Their journey is chronicled on the Discovery show “Homestead Rescue” and Marty is the poster guy. He made his show debut during season 1 episode 1 Abandoned & Alone which aired on June 17, 2016, and has since been a regular cast member. The ninth season of “Homestead Rescue” premiered with the episode “Home Is Where the Yurt Is” on October 17, 2021, and concluded with “Smoky Mountain Hope” on December 19, 2021.
Other Television works:
Marty is a man of the wilderness, and the other thing that goes hand in hand is his music. With his knowledge of the territory and ability to play music, Marty became a go-to guy as a travel guide in Alaska. During the 90s Marty worked as a guide and it also opened doors to a few documentaries. Marty was an additional crew for Alaska: Spirit of the Wild, a 1997 short documentary, as he guided the team in Denali Park. Marty was the second cameraman, climber, and musician in the 1999 documentary “Climb Against the Odds.”
Despite several early documentary exposures Marty had to wait for his big break which came in the form of the reality television show Ultimate Survival Alaska. He appeared in 10 episodes during the first season in 2013 and did not return for the following seasons.
Alaska: Spirit of the Wild
Climb Against the Odds
Second Cameraman, Talent, Climber, Musician
An Idiot Abroad
TV Series documentary
Talent / Guide / Musician
Ultimate Survival Alaska
Reality TV series
Reality TV series
Homestead Rescue: Raney Ranch
Reality TV series
Josh Gates Tonight
Marty is a man of many talents and we have to give him credit for that. A wilderness expert turned reality television actor, now he has shown a completely different side as an author. Marty penned Homestead Survival: An Insider’s Guide To Your Great Escape.” Through the book, Marty has shared his first-hand experience and knowledge of homesteading and surviving wilderness. The book was published on September 13, 2022.
Marty Raney is huge on privacy and doesn’t want people to snoop around his daily life. He once broke a drone that was hovering over his homestead. The drone belonged to Justin Pursley, who went on Facebook to report the incident. He later sued Marty on grounds of damaging property, but the petition was denied and the case was closed. The two sides met at a much later date on the field and settled things like real men. Marty even apologized for his behavior and offered to pay for the drone.
Marty is doing pretty well considering the way he chose to live in the isolated wilderness of Alaska. His wealth is the sum of earnings from different professional endeavors. As of now, Marty Raney has a net worth of over $1M.
Marty Married to Mollee Roestel, father of four:
If there’s one thing that’s well documented in the reality TV series, Homestead Rescue is Marty’s love for his family. Marty loves his wife and children and often spends time with them. He married Mollee Roestel way back in the day and the pair have been together ever since. The pair had their wedding in Washington, a few months after Marty’s first visit to Alaska in 1974. Since, the couple has shared wilderness and hardship in different parts of Alaska.
Marty has never been divorced, his one and only marriage to Mollee is a testament to their commitment over 48 years. The fruitful relationship has given them four children. In the first four years, the pair had the birth of Melanee Stiassny and Miles Raney. They welcomed third child Misty Raney in 1979, the same year they moved to the Wasilla area. Their youngest and only son Matt Raney was born in 1982. Marty and his wife raised all four children without proper power, water, plumbing, or heat. Among four, Melanee was born in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada.
Age, Nationality, Ethnicity:
Born on July 28, 1956, Marty Raney is 66 years of age now. He holds American citizenship and belongs to the white ethnicity. As a Leo Born Marty is said to possess traits of being protective, warm, exceptionally helpful, fiercely loyal, and very generous according to horoscope reading.
Marty has led a life of a homesteader most of his life which means he chose to do a lot of chores and hard work. Marty is an athletic individual although with growing age he might not have the strength or speed of his youth. Talking about his body traits, Marty has wide shoulders and possesses a height close to average American height which is 5 feet 9 inches. Marty has a brown set of eyes and with declining age, his hair, beard, and mustache are gradually turning white/grey in color.