Living off the land

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No, not farming, but hunter gathering in 2005, could you do it for a month, 2,4,
6, a year ?
 

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I did, but then some men in blue clothing came and stopped me. They then took me to some people in white clothing who would stick some strange objects with needles in my arm when I got hungry. After which I would get sleepy, sleepy... o:)
 
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Without other commitments, and with the help of a few others (including the support of landowners, the authorities etc) there are few things which I'd like to do more.

I've done it for about 3 days, I hardly cheated at all. Built my own shelter, found (and purified) my own water, caught my own fish and fruit, and generally had a really nice time. I did use a sleeping bag, and had some essentials which I didn't use, but could have needed (general survival kit stuff, and some emergency food).
 
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I have wondered what it would be like to go and live alone in the wild glens of Scotland, being completely self reliant, but I don't think I could really do it.
 
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brewnog said:
Without other commitments, and with the help of a few others (including the support of landowners, the authorities etc) there are few things which I'd like to do more.

I've done it for about 3 days, I hardly cheated at all. Built my own shelter, found (and purified) my own water, caught my own fish and fruit, and generally had a really nice time. I did use a sleeping bag, and had some essentials which I didn't use, but could have needed (general survival kit stuff, and some emergency food).
Did you do this in summer or winter Brewy? There are plenty of munk jacks,
rabbits, pigeons, pheasant etc, round here, just got to catch
the beggars.
 
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matthyaouw said:
I have wondered what it would be like to go and live alone in the wild glens of Scotland, being completely self reliant, but I don't think I could really do it.
You could become a legend, tourists would come and try to get a photo
of the, "wild man of the glens", have a go ,they might even make a film.
 
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I think it would be fun for a few weeks or months, just as a learning experience. I wouldn't want to revert back to being a caveman though.
 
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I like to go camping at really nice hotels.
 
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wolram said:
Did you do this in summer or winter Brewy?
It must of been those few days he didn't post. :biggrin:

My idea of roughing it is a motel without color TV. I do admire those who can live off the land. Just no interest in it myself.
 
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It can be done. Several of my elder paternal kin have lived off the land for periods of time out in the Mojave. There seems to be a decent account in Into the Wild. Even if Chris McCandless wasn't too successful himself and died when he finally got out into the wilderness, Krakauer alludes to many others, whose adventures I'm sure are chronicled somewhere.
 
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I could do it for as long as I had to. With a few basic tools I could be very comfortable. With just my bare hands, I would still survive using sharp rocks and making fire with sticks.
There is still enough forrest here for a person to vanish very easily. But darn, I'd sure miss my pillow top bed :cry:
 
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wolram said:
No, not farming, but hunter gathering in 2005, could you do it for a month, 2,4,
6, a year ?
I could do it for a month, but when I got back, I'd weigh 65 pounds...
 
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I'm a camping nut, but I'm not sure if I'm that good as of now. I'm sure with a few months of reading and practice I could get to where I could, but I'd be Coyote food if you dropped me out there with nothing right now.

True self sufficiency is hard though. Give me clothes (1 pair of Jeans, a shirt, under clothes, boots, and a jacket), a knife, a hatchet, a roll of high strength twine, two butane lighters, and an emergency MRE just in case I have to hike my butt back to civilization, and I'm set for at least a few days, probably a week. But without those. . .
 
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Is this a revisitation of the 'Survival' thread, Wooley? I was really enjoying that until it veered off into some fictional chain-story. If you can get that sucker back on track, I'd like to see it revived.
As much as I loathe the concept of dwelling any place where the bugs outnumber the bathrooms, I'm pretty sure that I could survive in any reasonable climate without external aid. It would probably be an ugly, stinky, completely undignified existence, but if the alternative was death I'd make it work.
 
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wolram said:
No, not farming, but hunter gathering in 2005, could you do it for a month, 2,4,
6, a year ?
i could do it for an extended period of time. i used to be big inot camping. i have 1337 survival skillz
 
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yourdadonapogostick said:
i have 1337 survival skillz
I didn't realize that they're catalogued. I probably only have a few dozen, but it's enough to stay alive.
 
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yourdadonapogostick said:
i could do it for an extended period of time. i used to be big inot camping. i have 1337 survival skillz
:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
 
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Lisa! said:
yourdadonapogostick said:
i could do it for an extended period of time. i used to be big inot camping. i have 1337 survival skillz
:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
If swimming isn't one of his 1337 skills, you just might have done him in. :biggrin:
 
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I was into primitive camping and backpacking from about age 12 on. As a Boy Scout I learned plenty of survival skills. Back in the those days the scouts were all about survival in the wilderness, and we applied those skills frequently, so I probably could have done alright. But now, primitive camping means that I don't have an internet connection.
 
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What kind of situation are we talking about here? I was imagining having the necessary supplies and being in a relatively safe location, not being dumped naked in the Serengeti.
 
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honestrosewater said:
I was imagining having the necessary supplies and being in a relatively safe location, not being dumped naked in the Serengeti.
Hmmm.... :devil:
I was thinking in the context of having nothing to start with. On the other hand, if the scenario involves you being dumped naked in my vicinity... :tongue2:
 
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Danger said:
Hmmm.... :devil:
I was thinking in the context of having nothing to start with. On the other hand, if the scenario involves you being dumped naked in my vicinity... :tongue2:
Well, fortunately, that's all I need for my one survival skill. :wink:
 
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honestrosewater said:
Well, fortunately, that's all I need for my one survival skill. :wink:
I think women need to know 1 more survival skills than men. I mean women need to know how to protect themselves against men! :devil:
 
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Lisa! said:
I think women need to know 1 more survival skills than men. I mean women need to know how to protect themselves against men! :devil:
Yes, my one survival skill is getting the man to do all of the work. Wasn't that obvious?
 
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honestrosewater said:
Yes, my one survival skill is getting the man to do all of the work. Wasn't that obvious?
And you're still single... WHY?
 

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