What is the longest ..?

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by dango, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Just wondering , "What is the longest" , time you've spent off the grid..? No out side help , not military but totally on your own.! All you have is what you carried in or can forage , How long..?

    Me , the longest I've been removed was 6 1/2 months..! Between fishing and foraging , I spent with my gear and a canoe..! (THE Great Dismal Swamp)..!
    Was very tough at times . Deer fly's , greased lightening and one hell of a wallop! Hate them . This time was spent on the border of Southern Virginia and North Carolina..! A million snakes and them Danged Fly's..! Eeeek..! :mad:

    The second longest time was the "Appalachian Trail" over 4 months..! To all those who wish to free themselves , Well , if I can do it , so can anybody else..! Should be way simpler out of a stable home with all prep. done , peace of cake..! ;)
     
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  2. eatmydust

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    Never more than 1 week, on Appalachian Trail or sailing Chesapeake Bay, all that happened about 25 years ago.

    I've become accustomed to and fond of "modern conveniences", when/if SHTF, it will be VERY inconvenient! Oh well!!
     

  3. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Yo , eatyourdust , It's like riding a bike , you've done it , it's in the ole "Hard-Drive"..! Since I got married , things got a bit trickier , but , she can come with me or not.

    At least four times a year and I won't pack my pack for less than ten days..!
    Only time I had to quit was when we were raising the kids.! As soon as they were old enough , they came with us and became camping fixtures..! :D

    I believe roughing it ain't really roughing it..! Well planned , all the right gear , it's home away from home..! I had to make trade-offs for the sake of the family , but was worth it..!

    Trade-offs examples:
    Big ole fluffy air mattress for the wife and kids..!
    Big ole three burner camp stove with oven...!
    Big ole "Poly tarp" living space , porch with lots of space , (12' x 16'..!
    Coleman "Mister Coffee Machine"..!
    Little things to make it a fun experience and they love..! :)
    All things are possible , keep it fun and not so serious..!

    All these years later , I got even the kitchen sink , almost..! Even got my own mini weather station , can predict up to 36 hours , better than nothing and pretty darned accurate..! :)
     
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  4. hiwall

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    I often camp for a week or 10 days in the RV. But that is not "roughing it"(though it suits this old body just fine).
     
  5. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    It doesn't half to be a tent or cave. What I'm meaning is , is detached , removed from city life . The RV is just a big hard wired tent . Making it on your own. The idea is to be comfortable as you can with no out-side assistance .
    Be able to survive by food caches , growing , foraging , hunting , etc. !

    If you can do this , I envy you , I ain't got no RV..! :p. How long can you hang in there..? With out the local grocery store..? It could be your house , but then again , how long before you need something..? Self sufficiency is what we're shooting for.! :D

    Lets say , the fuel runs dry , then the stores have no food , electricity goes down,
    communications break down , you are on your own..! Can you survive for an UN-limited length of time..? How long..? :D What do you need to live..? Do you have a plan..? :D
     
  6. WNGMSTR

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    Three months, twelve days. In the beginning I would boat to the nearest primitive landing every 10-12 days to gather supplies used to keep the enemy from penetrating the perimeter.
    The perimeter was tested 24/7 and was breached twice but secured quickly to save the compound.
    My preps were deemed insane by those close to and around me but his real life SHTF scenario cleared me from the admittance to the funny farm......
     
  7. trip286

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    DammitDango, the dismal swamp? Braver man than I.

    My longest time, within the parameters listed, not counting military and such? A few weeks, camping here and there. My most challenging? 3 days. But I was 6. I had a stick that I sharpened on a rock, and a bic lighter I stole from the old man. I weren't hungry when they found me ;)
     
  8. HockaLouis

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    12 days. In winter. There was no "grid."
     
  9. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    A toast to the insane..! :) A big welcome to my world Wngmstr , one nut case to another..! Been called crazy by everybody , everywhere , all my life.! Is good to be the King of something..! :D

    Ma man , Trip286 , six..? So , you started the path of the insane early..? :D
    The "BIC" , again , the best invention since the wheel..! :D

    That thar swamp , started out tense but by the end of the 1rst month , gators are slow and stupid , a real pest when "Float" fishing..! :) Snakes , by end of the second month , I was chasing them bare footed , FOOD..! The only aggressive snakes I ran into were the "Moccasins" or "Cotton mouths", well , they could get Really , really big..! Eeeek..! Won't even tell you how big.!Eeek..!

    Them flies though , make a man insaner ! Good thing I did a little research before hand , complete mosquito mesh body suit and you really need one..!
    The only difference between me and all others is that I didn't get married till I was almost 36.!Full of energy , the still industry crashed and I had nothing but a bucket list with no responsibilities..!I do not understand why my life is tough to believe for some..? I absolutly understand their lives , got married young with obligations up the "Yin-Yang" , I got it..!
    Why do not most others get me..? Whatever..? :confused:
     
  10. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Love that winter stuff , almost to death..! :D Eeeek..! :) Won't tell you how long..! :p :)
     
  11. yayamamasami

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    Back in da Nam, man. It was hot! HOT, I tell you! 120% humidity in the shade!! Hot! Damn hot! In da jungle outside some stinkin' ville. Goin' in by chopper. Hit an iceberg and crashed in 12 minutes. It was HOT!! Only survivor cos I was piloting the Huey by myself. Hurt my left ankle jumping for the life raft! Army spent $650,000,000 training me to use every weapon system ever developed by anyone!! I was a lethal weapon, my hands registered with the EPA! Loved that chopper!! Who in the hell puts an iceberg in the jungles of Vietnam? Didn't see that comin'. Did I tell you it was hot? Couldn't even fart cuz they'd blow like a acetylene torch. Spent 23 years in that jungle!! Ate mostly monkey meat. Tastes like chicken. Found this trail, kept following it but I kept ending up in the same little clearing I landed in. Couldn't figure that out, either! Supplemented my diet with these little mushroom things. Tasted like chicken. It was the most beautiful jungle Keebler elves ever made!! But, damn, it was H O T, HOT! I was one of them ultra special force Ranger Recon SEAL Berets. Army spent $400,000,000 teaching me how to survive behind enemy lines and avoid capture. Money well spent, I'd say. Built me a shack out of zip ties and 100 mile an hour tape. Survived 7 typhoons. Ate mostly monkey. And mushrooms. Funny thing, tasted like chicken. But damn, it was hot! Except at night. Then it was cold, with a capital COLD! -40 with the wind chill! Army taught me 358,372 ways to start a fire. Used all but 7 of them. All that survived with me after the collision was my US Army Ka-bar. Made me a blowgun out of a stalk of bamboo. Used sharpened zip ties as darts with the fuzz from around the monkeys anus as stabilizer for the dart. Made me some poison from the saliva of the Mugabazineegadubodhsbdehjddtc fly. Killed them monkeys dead, I tell you!! That knife came in handy, lemme tell you! Learned to play tiddlywinks on them long, COLD nights. Only lost three fingers but I got seven left so I guess I win. Yuppers, that was probably the longest time I spent off the grid.
     
  12. trip286

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    Went for a walk in the woods with my dog. A well known trail. He took off after a deer, and I took off after him. No idea how far we went from the trail initially, but I was told I was about a mile off when the neighbor found me. It was not intentional, and one of the scariest things to ever happen to me.

    Also pretty much what got me into primitive camping.
     
  13. yayamamasami

    yayamamasami New Member

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    I win! You may all pay homage to the Great Nutjob!!! Hahahahahahaha
     
  14. Rick1967

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    I have been homeless twice. Once in Arizona-not a big deal. Four months in Virginia. It was durring winter. There was snow on the ground. That was a big deal. I have lived in a camper in the dessert for extended periods of time. I had access to grocery stores. But often didn't have any money. I never stole from anyone. I know without a doubt I could survive indefinately. I never had electricity or running water for any of those times. I currently have a 26 foot travel trailer and a generator. It is my Zombie/SHTF rig.
     
  15. bluez

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    Lived in an ice cave 100 miles north of the arctic circle in winter for 14 days.. but it doesnt count since i had access to military supplies :(
     
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  16. yayamamasami

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    Oh, yeah, I did, too. So I guess I don't win after all. My bad!! Carry on!!
     
  17. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    LOL , I want you on my team and your close , it were 126 Degrees with 300% humidity..! :p. Ever eat Monkey crap .? Tastes like chicken.Reminds me of the time I spent in an active volcano , Hot , Damn HOT , Fire Hot , Melting granite HOT , ....YO "HOT"..! Sooooo HOT. Like walkin on the sun "HOT"..! Needs asbestos lips ("HOT") , "HOOOOOOOTER than HOT"..! :rolleyes:
    Then , coarse there were the time I was Hijacked buy a flock of terrorists Penguins..! Cold , soooo Cold , Stole right out ma crib , butt nakked , EeeK.! Used ta suck on "ice-bergs" to break in Ma new Teefs , Yeap , Soo Cold , Colder n than that , Pluto on a winter's night Cold , Brrr..Cold , coldest-er.! Bit right into it , the "Ice-berg" that is , Tastes Like Chicken , but Cold , colder than 117 year old virgin lost in the Artic sea COLD , Brrr.! Mmmm..!
    Or maybe the time I were a professional Taradactical wrestler , Dry , so very , very dry..! Yeap , You know , the "Dino" bird ? Tastes like Chicken , Mmmm..! Talk about BBQ , EeeK..! So's dry , :confused:Dryer than the desert dirt dry , Eeek..!
    Or the "BOMB" you know the "BOMB" yeap , they's sposed to drop it Nagasaki and Hiroshima ..? Well , It didn't make it all the way down ,High , so High , you know , defying gravity and alls..! Eeek..! Had to git out an Kick start them Sum-Beotchs , Yeap..! Higher then high , made Ever-rest look like a zit high , very , just , HIGH..! T'so I bit into them to giv em a push , Tastes like Chicken Mmmm..!

    How's bout that Hitler thing ..? No biggie , By ma-self , won the war Yeap , Many of them Nazis , So many , many of them ! They tastes like chicken , no biggie ! Eeek..!
    Then the the time I was attacked by farm animals ,
    Stankin , smelly animals , sooo Stankin ,They'd keep a coming , No biggie , I ate em all , and ya know what , ? They tastes like chicken , but so stankin smelley , so like chicken , more like chicken than chicken..! YO..! Eeek..! Time out , you are the man..! :D

    You the man , hands down..! :D Tell me bra , you heard of LBJ..? :eek: Too much time there , I bad..! :D

    Time for a new icon , hero , tastes like chicken I'd bet-cha..! :D
     
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  18. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I'm feelin , that would COUNT , Eeeek..!
     
  19. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    LOL...Ha , ha ,ha buwaaaaha ,ha , ha LOL..!
    I almost puked laughing , White flag YOU WIN..! LOL..!:D
     
  20. yayamamasami

    yayamamasami New Member

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    So, you think so, huh? Well, lemme tell you a thing or two!!