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The mountain man

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by cooperritchey, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. cooperritchey

    cooperritchey molalla OR Member

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    Ever thought of giving up life's troubles and just becoming a mountain man? I have been thinking about it for a long time and I don't want to work till I'm 60.
    who in the right mind would ever do that! I'm thinking about just giving up on life's bullcrap, and becoming a true mountain man. so who's going to join me if I do???
     
  2. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Too late.

    I am 61, and I am going to work another 5 years. Sue me - I like my comforts, even though I do live on a mountain, in a forest, I do so in a house, with a shop and I drive to work (with a career that I like, even enjoy at times).

    Besides that, I had/have responsibilities and family.

    If you don't have a wife or children, you don't need to take care of an elderly parent, and you want to live a solitary life in the mountains, then go for it. Don't expect much company though.
     
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  3. 45alive

    45alive South Douglas County- Orygun Well-Known Member

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    Mick Dodge has done it for a long time, so he claims.:s0076: I have bugged out for 3 months many moons ago and it was the best 3 months of my life ! :s0115:If I were to give advice I would say be very,very, VERY PICKY with WHO you decide to become self reliant and off the grid with ! :s0124:As far as doing it successfully KNOWLEDGE is king. If I was 20 years younger I would do it all over again and I say be PREPARED AND GO AS FAR OUT AS YOU CAN AND BE CAUTIOUS !:s0020: Look out for POT GROWS and BOOBY TRAPS:s0103: and signs of other dangerous PEOPLE. :s0077:Good Luck! :s0152::s0155::s0160:
     
  4. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    But.....You live in Molalla! Isn't that pretty primitive?:D
     
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  5. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Yeah, they only got running water and electricity just last year out there.... o_O:)
     
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  6. MikeE

    MikeE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Been there, done that, with wife and child. Began with a tipi, worked for 15 years until we had a house, two cars, a TV, kid in college, and a divorce. Ooops...
    It's a good idea to learn all the skills to live in a remote location. It's fine to live there too. But you can't get away from You, nor the idiotic social arrangements we have going on this planet right now.
     
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  7. Decker

    Decker My house Active Member

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    Will there be coffee? :)
     
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  8. Mongo1

    Mongo1 Santiam Canyon Active Member

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    I bought 5 acres in 1973 where the seller and county planning dept said there would likely never be electric service available. I live there 4 years with no electricity hauled water in barrels etc. I'm glad to have done it while I was younger. It was difficult to live there. I wouldn't trade it for anything. It turned sour when electricity became available.
     
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  9. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    check out those people that live up in northern Alaska. Got to be a hard man to live like that and thats modern compared to what a true mountain man lived like.
     
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  10. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    No kidding. The term "mountain man" runs the gamut.. from someone on foot or with a couple horses to someone with a "base".. be it a lean-to to a tipi.
    I'd say go for it, to whatever degree or capacity you desire. Know though that it gets dang cold out there.. and you gotta eat.. probably 3-7000 calories a day.
    I spent two months unsupported (no horses either) in the Bob Marshal a long time ago. It was in the fine and nice weather though. fun times
     
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  11. Hawaiian

    Hawaiian Tigard Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Too old, too tired, and I like my internet connection. If you are young, go for it.
     
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  12. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    Personally, as much as I would love to. I lack the skills. every generation will drift further and further from being fully self relianced.
    My great grand dad could make bows and arrows and kill game. he could chip a arrow head from a coke bottle if he had to. me, I lack all of those skills and would die the 1st winter I am sure.
     
  13. Mongo1

    Mongo1 Santiam Canyon Active Member

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    I have watched "Life Below Zero" four seasons. I can appreciate all they do to survive. Then there is " The Last Alaskans" also very interesting and also the show " Mountain Men". I really like watching these programs but have no intention to try it now.
     
  14. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Ive always dreamed of a vagabond lifestyle living out of a van and going where I wanted.
    Its what got me interested in "freestaters".

    However Im tied down by the coowbership of a small business and the love of my family that Im VERY close to. Not seeing them for even a few days would hurt my heart.

    That being said, GOD FORBID anything and I mean ANYTHING happens to my family but if it does, Ill be a drifter or mountain man at that point. Nothing more to really live for if they werent around so I may as well go on my own great adventure.
     
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  15. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Yer absolutely right, ZA. The loneliness will strike many home, were they to do such a thing, even were they not to have a family. I think it'd be a wash between loneliness/mental state and sheer bodily hardship.. starvation/hypothermia.
     
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  16. cooperritchey

    cooperritchey molalla OR Member

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    If the SHIFT happend I would rather live somewhere primitive.o_O
     
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  17. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    Living alone does suck. but you have to counter that against the freedom you have.

    I love being able to get up and simply walk around in my boxers or less and no one around to say any different.
     
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  18. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    All mountain man style!
    yea, maybe you missed the part
     
  19. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    Hell yeah, nothing beats walking around in your drawers.. or less. unless you wish to offend the dogs.
     
  20. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Preach it! Lego waffles and cartoons all alone are serious bizness!