Boing Boing's secret lair in the Alps

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Our intrepid moderator Antinous has settled on the location of the next Boing Boing secret lair. It will be in the Austrian Alps. Two 6,500 feet peaks in eastern Tyrol -- Grosse Kinigat (above) and Rosskopf -- are currently for sale with an asking price of approximately $170,000 each. Once we've secured the real estate we will of course advise you of the location. We kindly ask for your discretion`though, especially as the buyer is forbidden from fencing off the mountains and must not deny right of way for anyone just passing through. "Twin peaks up for sale in Austria" (BBC Europe)


  1. Better start that PayPal donation account – I’m sure BoingBoing readers could cough up $.50 each for the Secret Lair Fund.

    And of course the BB team wouldn’t fence off a such a great common space, but are you allowed to hollow out the mountain for your secret lair? Oh, I advise the BB team play a lot of Minecraft and Dwarf Fortress between now and then… practice, practice!

    1. Mark F has been talking about Minecraft to anyone who will listen. And it’s all Rob’s fault. We’re set.

  2. As cool as it would be to have a secret BB lair in the Tyrolean Alps, (as long as I was allowed to visit whenever I wanted to), I gotta wonder… who “owns” them now? And how exactly do they have the right to sell them?

    Just askin. BTW, I hear there’s a cool underground fort in Nevada that’s not being used for anything. I think its called Yukka or something.

  3. I take it there’s no skiing there, or they’d be worth a lot more than $170k.

    You could put the “Creative Commons Cavern” between them. ;-)

  4. Sounds like a bargain. You can’t even buy a used ICBM silo in Bumfuck Oklahoma for that kind of money.

  5. Minecraft players and hackerspace organizers. Two communities enter, one epic capital of geek creativity and resourcefulness emerges.

    1. Who’s gonna clean up all that messy scree left over from “the erosion in the last decades or hundreds and thousand of years”? Not me boyos. I’ll tell ya that right now.

  6. I’m thinking Grosse Kinigat, Mount Rushmore style = Mark, David, Cory, & Xeni carved into the majestic peaks… Boing b Boing, Fuck Yeah!

    1. Whattaya say Boing Boing? Kickstarter to buy the land for conservation and public use?

      According to Austrian media, the new owners can’t really change anything. It’s just a (rather pointless) investment.

  7. I think df fits the mad scientist type theme better than minecraft.

    Yknow, lots of expendable henches, diabolical execution systems and traps, not to mention magma.

    Strike the earth bb!

  8. Both peaks together are going for precisely half what I paid for my century-old 1,600-square-foot Craftsman in the unfashionable end of Pasadena in 2006. And the dishwasher was broken, to boot.

    Jesus wept, that market crash was something else.

  9. Man, I’ll bet D.D. Harriman feels pretty stupid after spending all his money on the moon.

    Be careful. I here Ernst Blofeld has the HOA in his pocket.

  10. Maybe you guys should start a little smaller, like secret decoder rings, before secret lairs.

  11. $170 K is cheap compared to the cost of building in a remote spot like that.

    If you want an evil lair, there’s a lot of empty office buildings on the market right now.

    Give it an obscure sign on the corners, like “Brown & Sons Ltd.”.. something the average Joe can drive by on the freeway to work a million times and never give it a second thought.

    Hide in plain sight, lets you save on construction and redirect those monies towards a more competent security staff.

    Although the loading dock with a rocket pad and submarine base might attract a bit of attention.

  12. With restrictions like that, isn’t it less “buy a mountain” and more “Adopt-A-Mountain”?

    1. It says that you have to allow right of way; it doesn’t say that you can’t have a trapdoor to the shark tank.

  13. > “Twin peaks up for sale in Austria”
    Little did they know it was actually just the two-season boxed set.

  14. You can’t even buy a one bedroom condo in Vancouver for the price of both peaks! Which now makes me feel even more depressed about living in Vancouver.

  15. If we buy this, can the entrance be “Get Smart” themed?

    First, find the telephone booth in the Tyrolian Alps…

  16. Bad news, the Austrian government is getting involved and is, as you’d expect, against selling mountains to private individuals for very little money.

  17. You could probably buy a nice south Pacific island for 340K, which might be more enjoyable.

  18. One thing James Bond villains have taught me: Your lair needs to be as ostentatious as possible for the governments of the world to assume it’s impenetrable. Just make sure the air ducts are small enough that no one can crawl through. You guys know you ARE evil scientists, right? Tsk tsk, if you have to ask who the evil scientist in the room is…..

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