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With my current knowledge and experience it would be very VERY tough. But I'm improving my skills every day. Maybe someday I will be able to.

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As of right now i am learning alot but do not have the hands on skills down good enough yet but if i really had to i would have to learn quickly

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I feel that my chances would be pretty good. The most important thing in any situation of extreme stress would have to be personal strenghth and confidence in yourself. We all have a amazing ability to adapt and overcome harsh adversity.

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Very good, and would love the chance to do so.

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I feel that my chances would be pretty good. The most important thing in any situation of extreme stress would have to be personal strenghth and confidence in yourself. We all have a amazing ability to adapt and overcome harsh adversity.

 

Exactly!!!

 

A few skills wouldn't hurt either. Its something that My wife and I talk about ALL the time!! We have actually drawn up some rather detailed plans for a Proenke-style log cabin! I've taken a number of courses in traditional wood working and timber framing, my wife is as proficient at many of the fundimental bushcraft skills as I am. We are both in great physical shape, and psycologically we would propably welcome the challenge and adventure of the "living off the grid". As many of you know, I'm not the most technologically adept person around, and I doo seem to gravitate more towards a "simpler", slower, more self-reliant lifestyle.

 

In short:  Bring it on!!!

 

 

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I would have responded to this question much differently a week ago.

 

Last weekend I went camping with my 9 year old (His first backpacking trip) and found that my skills have waned a lot since i used them all the time. Even basic firemaking didnt go as well I wanted (Yeah it took my a  while, and I finally had to resort to tearing a couple of pages out of the back of my journal).

 

While my wife and I have planned for something to happen where we had to up and go and live off the land, I can honestly say that it wouldn't be easy. If/when I can knock some of the rust off my skills that will help. We/I could do it, but it wouldnt be my first choice.

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I would love to do it :), and have been thinking of it for years. im very confident that i could do it, the first month would probably be the hardest untill i got my 'system' down.

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Age can be a factor and health issues can arise, but I have an internal (almost morbid) desire to be able to do it. Not a death wish by any means. I just know I could.

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I've gone a week before with no real issues.  I think that I would be good until winter.  I've never had any experience surviving in the snow, although I have been camping in the winter.  From that small experience, I know that being cold constantly really gets to me mentally.  Admittedly, you can warm up a bit near a fire or in your sleeping bag, but even then, you aren't totally warm. 

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I would be able to do it. although there of course would be very tough times, its just ignorance to think it would be a breaze. just like AJ I would LOOOOVE the chance to do it.

 

EDIT: I just realized that i already responded to this topic, i didnt even remember!

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Even 3 years ago, I would have said no problemo, but today, with my medical problems, it would be tough.  Still, I'd give it the best I had and if it wasn't good enough, well, at least I fought for it. ;)

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The realty is if you had to do it you would do it and you would learn by your mistakes as you went. People think they would not cope with out the modern trappings of life but take them away and it does not make much difference to our lives. And, if you had to do it for real you would not have the pressures that go with modern life, like going to work to earn a living and to pay the bills, your days would be taken up by surviving, living and prospering. We are wonderful creatures we are able to evolve and that includes adapting and overcoming quite amazing obstacles.

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It would be real tough to be out there "living off the land".  North America is still full of remote corners but most are in regions that are inhospitable.  Long term survival can be accomplishd by a resolute, trained and equipped individual if one is willing to compromise.  Wild Bill Moreland is the model for this.  He spent 10 years on the run in the wilderness of the Bitteroot Range along the Montana-Idaho border.  He hunted, snared, fished and he also broke in to Forest Service lookout cabins and pilfered what he could.  Point is that to live off the grid long term you have to use what is available.  Be resourceful and not worry about "pure" survival or self imposed rules.

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Thought I would bring this one back up.  There has been more recent comments about this topic.

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I would love to have the chance to try it. I think I would do well. I would need to learn the art of tracking, trapping, and hunting first as I have never done any of those things. Give me the tools and I can do the job. As for living without all the modern do-dads, I'm pretty sure I could manage.

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I believe one of the hardest tasks is keeping the food supply going strong.  It would require much time and effort.

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That is where growing your own vegtables comes into play. And good magazines for living off the grid and self relience are the following,  Countryside, Backwoods Home, BackHome, Mother Earth News, Grit. These all have articles of self relience and living off the grid.

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I have but there is some things I want to get to make things better first then I want to go back to that life Alaskans do live off grid a lot it is a way of life up here no power no running water and the outhouse is the way a lot live the next house 5-10 miles or more away

I want to get wind power or something like that for lights I think a float house this time so I can fish from the window again no joke we do live this way up here

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Guess it beats sitting outside and freezing to death while you fish.

 

Give us some details of your life up there.  Sounds very remote.

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sorry I did not see this

 

well there is 300 people in this town but this not the smallest town I have lived in we have one store you can get here by boat ferry or plane it is a island  with 8 towns on it with a lot of road for southeast Alaska so you can drive to town if you want the biggest town is 1500 people and the island has about 5000 people on it

in the winter the temp. get down to about +20 so we are not cold and in the summer the temp. gets to 80 to 90 on the hot day most of the time the temps are in the 50 to 60s

people fish and hunt for a lot there food

we live on a boat in a harbor 

 

there is all the backpacking kayaking boating and camping you can want if you like to ruff it 

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a lot of people live on float houses up here on that in off the grid as you can get and still live in a house a float house is belt on a log raft and tide up in a bay somewhere out of sight so no power or running water you have to have a boat to get to town and that is if the weather is good

 

 

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i think my chances would be good i lived off grid as a kid for over a year in arkansas mountains cooked on open fire outside outhouse

drinked rain water and from creek bath in rain and horse troth cut and sold fire wood dug and sold landscape rock with dad

did homework before dark or by oil lamp started in tin shack nailed to four trees with wood floor then built small two story house

but one wall left unfinished blankets nailed to frame for wall  during winter walked on rafters upstairs no flooring just beds laying on rafters to sleep on.woodburning stove kept very warm up there. my wife thinks this was child abuse but i think it was a learning experince

that i cherrish too this day and gives me the appreciation of what i have and the confidince that i can make it on my own without

modern things.

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Pretty rough childhood there Indiana Joe. I was raised on a farm and we heated the house with an old oil burning stove in the living room. I can still remember the constant oil smell. We didnt get an indoor bath room till I was in the 6th grade.

 

Im with you I didnt really think anything about it at the time. Now as I look back at it It does seem like child abuse but it really made me a stronger person for it.

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