Is It Legal to Live In The Wilderness?

I am a former longtime boy scout and outdoor enthusiast so survival would be a challenge but very possible. I have become very upset with the direction society has taken and would like to live in a remote undisturbed wilderness location for 1-3 years to search for the answers of life that I can not answer in such a jaded society. Is there a place where this would legally be possible, thinking maybe east Texas.

Charlie’s answer:
I am from NC and lived in the wild many years ago back in the early 80’s. I made a crude shelter and only hunted small game and lots of fish. I did love being out there in nature. It takes some getting use to but once you get accustomed to it is fine and a wonderful life.

I only saw a few people while out there, one ranger and one native american. The ranger was pretty upset with me being there and fishing without a license but after a few moments of listening to me he said that he wished he was in my position and out there living without hardly any care. He warned me that the next ranger that found me would and probably run me off.

It was only a few days later that the Native American came by and spent a few days there with me. He told me to move my camp just a little further north and I would be on Indian land and that I could live there and not be bothered by the rangers because they had no jurisdiction there. He said that he and some others had been watching me and that I was living the life of the Native Americans and only taking what I needed to survive and was welcome to live as long as I wanted there. I moved and stayed for a long time out there. I had no tv, radio or anything but the wilderness and loved it there. I left because of some family problems that kept eating at me and came back to the old world. I am 61 now and think back on those years and wish that I was there again. I am not in good health now but thinking seriously about doing it again. There is no better way to leave this world than being out in the forest and away from all sounds of civilization. Go for it you will never regret it my friend. Godspeed,

Bruce’s answer:
Just wanted to let you know that it is possible to live free and natural as you mentioned. I have done just that off and on for many years. National Forests, Wilderness areas one must except if you make yourself known and in the open you will be asked to move after a certain time. However if you know what you are doing you can live with out leaving a trace. My latest adventure was living 6 years in the wilderness of Alaska, yes the Bush.

I took my family deep into the heart of Alaska. My kids flourished and so did I. My now ex-wife did not! She just could not adjust to the solitude as well as the long winters. Yes because of this we came back to civilization. I am now single and my kids are grown. Guess what I wish to do again! I do not know if I could afford to get back to Alaska again. I do know that I will make my way back to the mountains someday. Alone or with someone special that is capable of wilderness living. Just wanted you to know do not give up. It can and is done by more people than you realize.

Steven L.’s answer:
For those of you who are serious about this here are a few tips. You’re going to need some tools such as a double axe head (don’t bring a handle and instead make one); chisels from 1/2 inch to 3 inch; bow saw; broad axe (not required but helpful); a good scribe and level; a good Peavy tool (log clamp); and a Peeler tool. You’re ready to go! Depending on how you want to do your fireplace you can build a cobblestone fireplace for which you’d want to bring a couple bags of Quikrete or a wood burner. I prefer the Quikrete than lugging a heavy woodburner around.

A good gun is a must .45-.50 cal if you intend living where bear are. You can get a book on making your own black powder or you can stock up on a ton of preformed powder pellets. My suggestion is keep the gun for self defense and learn to make snares. You can snare anything from a small bird to a large bear if you do the research. Also here’s a quick meal for those who aren’t great with snare making. Buy several rat traps. They cost a few bucks at the hardware store. You can anchor these to a tree up high for squirrel or on the ground anchored via a heavy snare wire for other critters such as coons.

If you’re serious on making it in the wild these are a few quick tips to get you started. Fishing gear such as line. I’d suggest buying if you don’t know how to make your own from ligaments or tendons. Hooks are easy; have a good knife and make them out of bone. Or you can do things the old fashioned way and build your own fishery which you’d want away from your home site if in Alaska or the Appalachians as fish bring in bear.

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  1. Gosh, I wish I could do this, live with nature. It takes money to prepare everything and I would like to do this with some tech. Buy a pedal kit to make some electricity at least for a fridge get a pack of car batteries from a junk yard (some that can still hold charge) charge them up with that pedal kit. I would get a manual powered radio or solar powered, a bunch of flint stones or some other fire making device, just stock up on stuff. I know this is going to sound silly but I would need some sort of WiFi since I work online. I would only go to civilization when needed for supplies.

    I would take my big french mastiff with me. My wife would also love to do this but at the moment we focus on preaching God's word ( I am not going into a religious discussion with anyone) I am only stating the why we cannot do it at the moment since that is our focus and we have a 3 month old baby.

    We are moving back to Canada in a few months. But it is something that we would want to do. I know in the future it would be a reality.

    I sometimes get a lil scared knowing that lots of murderers and psychopaths go to the bush to hide.

  2. Hello everyone, I've realized we are all getting to know each other at the moment which is great, and is why I wanted to warn you guys about a new camping course I've found this week and am seriously considering going there in vacation. The name of the course is Mountain Shepard Survival School. You can visit their website here Anyways I'm considering going on this one out of all other ones out there because this looks like one of the hardest ones to accomplish. You have to find your own way to the camp with no help, build the shelter with no help, and well you gotta do pretty much everything on your own. However there are lessons everyday all about actual survival skills such as finding water (that you can actually drink since most water you will find in the wilderness has been infected and doesn't help unless you know how to boil it), among many other things. This is a great place to visit especially considering since most of us here are very serious about this. I am going there for the 1 week experience by the end of January since I will have just returned from a trip to Texas earlier in the month. I think this is a great way for everyone to expand their contacts. On this website most of us have been having trouble finding women who are serious about going and actually want to do it. I think that by doing this I will most certainly meet many people interested in going as well and I will tell any woman who look like good people and are serious about it to come to this website and talk to you people. I will also try to find very good-hearted people, not only woman, and guide them here as well. I'm sure that most people there will already have their own plans but I guess many of them wont as well and this will be a good opportunity for them too. I'm probably going on January 16 until the 23. If any of you guys want to come so we can meet each other better I will be there. The course isn't very expensive, 550 dollars it looks like. I'm pretty set on doing this, I just really liked the course since I saw it and it looks very good. If I am seriously considering this I guess doing this kind of stuff is a heck of a training. The course is in Virginia and it looks decently hard. Definitely the hardest one you can find nowadays. .

    • Hello everyone again and I made an mistake. I just called them and there are many courses in this camp and the actual survival course (survival 101 is the course's name) is only avaiable in January 30th. There are plenty of other courses that focus on other types of survival skills which are avaiable throughout every month but this seems to be the main one. And also the teacher for this course is an former U.S air force sere and I guess he's probably very busy which is why those are the only days avaiable in January. I will still go there since I'm done with school next month (I'm 18) and will be free to take as many trips as possible in 2016 before actually leaving forever. So if anyone is intersted go to the website and choose one course, I will definetly be there January 30th so if you want to meet with me just come on the same date. They are pretty popular so I suggest you sign up soon, especially since this course is by far the most crowded one.

      • Thank you for all the information about the links, that's pretty interesting...
        I have gone camping before but I have not been in a survival situation.
        The internet has helped me with videos about different areas of survival, but is different watching a video to actually doing yourself.
        One thing that always puzzles me though is when people are prepared with the skill and the mind is not. I have seen this on the TV shows, so it appears that survival starts in the mind first.
        Going to a school of survival would be one thing I like to do most certainly, but I am not available to travel at this time. I have been buying gear, and almost broke the piggy bank :)
        Have a good time on your adventure, and let us know how did it go

        • My pleasure, its always nice to help people out with this kind of stuff. I understand, it is not the easiest time to travel and many people are still working and things like that. Certainly when I get back I will share the experience, it is going to be very different from anything Ive done before. Take care!

    • Pedro, I reside in VA and I'd like to attend the school but it doesn't fit my life at the moment. When you are done with the school and if you want I'd meet you in person to evaluate compatibility. Let me know what you think, send me an email

      • Hey Phil, sorry it took this long to answer you. Yeah I understand not everyone has time to do this. I'm still singing up in their website and planning the trip out as I would like to do way more stuff in Virginia besides going to a survival school. That would be a great idea, I'll send you an email soon. Take care!

  3. Hello Phil & Lisa how are you guys doing. I hope all is well & going good for you both. Guy got fired at my job and I've been working 16+ hours on a computer server that went down sucks being lead technician. I should have it fixed Wednesday morning guy's & gal's I'm sorry for not calling you back Phil but I'm super busy trying to get back online asap.Talk soon my friends and Hello to the rest of the group take care everyone...

    • Scott no worries, we got plenty of time to hash out the details. I'm sure we will catch up eventually.

    • Hello Scott,
      I am doing fine. Wow... those are some very long hours you are working! I love computers myself, and they can get quite bipolar sometimes. Good wishes with fixing the issues you are having with the pc. No problem, I know we'll hear back from you when you are available. We have plenty of time to discuss about our plans so don't worry

  4. I have been reading some of the comments people made on this blog, and for those of you who feel that dealing with people's personalities may be an issue, and because of this you are hesitant to come forth, this is totally normal, but is not the difference in personalities what makes it a challenge. All you have to do is take a look at your surroundings, everywhere you look there is diversity, and that diversity is what makes people very unique. The nature that you wish to call home, is a wealth of diversity so why be concerned with the differences there are between peoples? It is an innate principle of nature and it is beautiful as it is. Imagine if we we all clones , copies of others that would be a boring world to live in. Copies are just copies but originals are better. In this adventure, where I see "people" may becoming an issue, is when someone tries to control or bosses people around. I personally do not enjoy being controlled or manipulated by anyone! Another problem is a person with serious addictions to drugs or mental illnesses. Controlling others can create problems between peoples, we were not invented to be controlled but to be free. That is the difference between nature and the world's systems.
    Control is an strategy of people to gain energy from others... one must not do this because that is when all the conflicts arise. It is not a good idea to steal energy from others by means of controlled dramas. If one wishes to truly pursue this lifestyle, one must be understanding that everything and everyone needs their space to be and fulfil their purpose in this world. One example of this are the shows I have seen on TV about survival, and it always produces a negative outcome when people become lazy, and not wanting to do their share or work, blaming things on others which they neglected in the first place, or when they tried to create dissention within the team by means of twisted talk. These behaviours would certainly create major problems when considering going along with some one and attempting to share a lifetime experience in the wilderness. If one is cheerful, the other is introspective, one jokes around all the time while the other is serious.. I do not sense danger in this at all. People is diverse in their characters and that is a thing of nature. There are other factors that can make the journey unpleasant like stealing, or having any kind of ill intent. These are different type of things, and that is why there is the need to take time and get to know the person you are planning on going with, so that you know you would be safe.
    There is no way to find the "perfect person" since we are humans and bound to err, but having major character flaws, addictions, and other things which I described, those would make it difficult to consider bringing along on a journey such like this

    • Hi Lisa, Phil and Scott,
      I would be very interested in speaking with you furhter about the details of going off grid. if you guys could get in contact with me that would be great. my email is Do you have a set date in mind ? is the location Alaska definately ? I can fish extremley well (however never in AK), i can hunt and build shelters from natural resources. Also very skilled in learning new trades/skills very quickly, a jack of all trades if you will. I hope to hear from you soon and i hope i can be apart of amazing journey.

      • Hello James, how do you do? Welcome to the forum... yeah there is a group of people here that are seriously interested in pursuing living of the grid, and we are looking forward to it with great excitement. We are networking with each other and getting to know each other, as you know, this is an important step prior of making any important decisions. Nice! We will like to learn more about you and your ideas. Best regards

  5. To the ladies participating in this forum, hello
    I have been talking to some people on this blog who are seriously interested in living of the grid in Alaska permanently, and we are in the process of getting to know each other a little better...this is only reasonable when contacting people over the internet.
    I am a woman and I am looking forward to this lifestyle with great excitement.
    If you ladies are interested on becoming part of a group, feel free to post on this blog...
    or ask questions. I was thinking it would be nice to form a small group of men and women who are like minded about going of the grid. This is a serious undertake which t requires lot's of patience, persistence and hard work. The first year may the the hardest and a lot will need to be accomplish before the winter arrives.
    I am calling upon all the Athenas to come forth and let's have a talk.
    You may contact Scott or Phil they are pretty serious and I don't sense ill in them

  6. Things to consider
    Guys n gails, when we all decide on a group to go, I like you to consider bringing along sewing patterns. This may sound silly to you, but things get old and wear out, and we need to replace them. I can sew clothing but I will need a pattern, I cannot do with without a pattern. So you may want to consider going to a craft store and search on their pattern catalogues to see what you are interested in having made. Anything from a vest, pajamas, robes, whatever you think is best. The only thing is I will need help as to power the machine. Not sure if one could operate a sewing machine on a small solar power, and how that is done, but just keep in mind about doing that. It will not be like we will be able to go to the mall and buy clothes when you need them, so it I could run the machine then we will be set with that need.
    If we manage to get the group going of both men and women ... (and some one falls madly in love and they have little ones, then we will need patterns for little ones too. I am not trying to rush but man and women are bound to fall in love, so you never know. Also we will need seeds of every kind to plant a garden. It is a must until we can collect the seeds from the garden and keep on producing more food.
    Having chickens would be nice for the eggs and meet, also a cow for milk, but I guess certain things will come with time. I am really excited about doing this you guys and gals. Best wished to all

    • Hello that's a awesome idea Lisa very true never know who might just fall madly in love it happens. I like to buy rabbits because they have baby's and grow so very fast and chickens for eggs like you said.all this will certainly come in time. I'm sorry some one has offended you my friend you seem like a very nice person I'm is my personal information since I always use computers at work I really should not have awesome weekend my friend....

      • Thank you Scott, I appreciate your kind words. Have a wonderful weekend as well.

  7. Best time of my life by far -- I should have never come back and if I go again I won't -- although I'm not entirely convinced that it cannot be replicated, with effort and skill, within the confines of our government controlled society. There is a whole other world out there way different from what we think of as real. A world that provides you by default (via the reality of direct survival, direct living) with a powerful self esteem, wit, and the ability to thrive without anxiety and dread.

    • I like "the ability to thrive without anxiety and dread", well put, Jimmy

    • Hey, are you planning on leaving again? If you are, are you planning on doing so with other people?

      • I have met someone who wanted to do it this winter, but I am not ready that soon. Another person would like to try it as soon as the snow melts, but with some people so far away from each other is kind of hard to narrow things down. Plus I like to get to know the person versus just taking off with someone that you really do not know very well.
        I was looking to possible going with a group of people (a small group)
        but as I said, it takes a bit of time t get to know people. I do not see very many women who are serious, not sure. I am almost done with getting some stuff but I need a couple more items first. on my bag, and some winter bib, jacket and boots for that kind of environment. Those are extremely expensive, I noticed. I have been talking to Phillip for a while now and I feel he is serious about this. Scott send me a message yesterday but I have not heard from him yet. Hopefully we will get to talk some more about our plans and decide on something. Hope your day is going well, Pedro

        • I know what you mean, this isn't exactly something easy to plan. You need to get to know the person before deciding this things. I feel however, that before buying your gear you should decide a location to know better what you should buy.

  8. I am not sure what part is so difficult to understand when I was referring of wanting to go with "decent and good people". Generally speaking, I was referring about honesty, trustworthiness, good values and all along those lines... and in addition, if you are a married man, in a relationship, separated but not divorced, in other words, not a single man, please abstain from contacting me. I am not interesting in pursuing anything that is indecent. If you are having issues on your married life go get spiritual and psychological counselling. It is irritating when people do not take things seriously and use the threat for deception. If you are a man fitting all of the above, please do quantum jump your ass out of this blog asap. You have not right to be here!

    • Hey Lisa I'll add to your comment, there are people on here that tend to be a waste of time and that's highly irritating. If you're not serious about this then don't post here. Say what you mean and mean what you say. We all have our reasons why we want to live free but if your reasons are bc of a malicious past or something then at least be straight with people. Like I've said before I could make it on my own easily but it'd be nice to have someone around. Anyone else on here seeking to go with a companion or whatever just be straight with people. Here is the way it is, making the decision to possibly never see the civilized world again is not a light decision. What makes it's an even bigger decision is possibly going with a crazy person or someone who has ill intent. I've been talking to Lisa for awhile and I find no alarm with her and I hope that she finds a really decent person to take this journey with.

      • I agree, thank you Phil

  9. Hey guys, I've seen a lot of recent comments here where everyone looks very serious about choosing this new life. I'm all for it and I have to ask, why not start now? There are at least 5-10 people on this website who are constantly talking about it, so why not get all this people together, decide a location, and go for it? Seriously, I've heard that Alaska is a great place to do it, but you guys decide, I'm just spilling out ideas. How about it? Decide a location, contact each other and do it already!

    • That would be nice, but I am not ready to leave in the winter. I think about going off the grid daily, and I can't wait to be with nature for ever. A small group perhaps of both men and women would be nice

      • Are you and Scott going together? You both seem very up for it. I'm just trying to make sure people here act on their dreams, cause otherwise they will never become a reality. The faster you do it, the better. Of course you have to be careful tho.

        • Scott seems to be serious about this in my opinion, and we started talking very recently. Having a small group is nice because we all could team up and build a place of our own and then work on a garden storing wood to stay warm, fishing and etc. Definitively there is the need of some well developed logistics on this journey. I like the company of man with military background because as we all know they are highly trained and already disciplined kind of men.
          So that is a big plus. We are on the talks, keep in mind it takes some time for everyone to feel comfortable and deciding on who can come along. This is only understandable

    • Hi, what part of the States do you reside?

    • First off can't just up and leave in the winter when alaska wilderness is 30 to 50 below 0 if not fully equipped with supplies. You flat out will not make it.and don't run off with out getting to know the difference between people going with you alot more to it then up and going to unforgiving place like alaska wilderness.

    • You can't make things happen this fast, but I like you're motivation. You should be more careful with this things, they have to happen slowly.

    • Hello I want and seriously, I can fishing but only problem may be that I can't speak in English well, but I'll try best.. I'm 19 from Georgia country..

  10. Hello if any one lives in the tampa bay area and is 100 percent serious about living out in the alaska wilderness. Please email me so we can talk and get to know each other and the skills you have with your supplies and tools. You must be prepared when its minus 20 to 50 degree weather. I've got lots & lots of supplies and tools with big tents with wood burning stoves with two 9,000 watt genearators and two 45,00 watt genearators for power tools.only have about 3 or 4 months of summer to build and get things done right.I've been buying gear for last 3 years for this new life when you're 200 miles in back woods just can't run to the Walmart and buy what you need better bring it with you so my back up has a back up and extra parts and accessories with 1 year of supplies first year will be really tough. I myself have enuff food & supplies for 4 people for 1 year. my 18 ft trailer about 65 percent full of everything needed it's a one way only move for please if not 100 percent serious and prepared with gear and supplies that will save your life don't waste mine or your own time.few emails I got people just not ready and only dreaming of this life witch is fine for them not skills are Butcher hunting trapping general contractor building electric concrete & stone fishing roofing. Any one that is ready for new life in the beautiful alaska wilderness email me let's get to know each other and get a game plan going only serious people please thanks guys & gals...

    • Hey Scott, I read you're recent post on the "Is it legal to live in the wilderness" website. You look very committed into choosing this way of life, which is why I have come to email you. I can see you're not looking for any ordinary person to live this life with you. You want someone with survival skills, as well as supplies. I will start this email by pointing out the strengths I have regarding these two requirements, then I will proceed to talk about my weaknesses as I do not want to give you an illusion that I will be the perfect person for you to live this life with.

      So here are my current strengths:

      In terms of survival skills:

      - I've had a lot of training regarding surviving skills. Since I was a child, my family would take me camping were I would learn from watching my father and mother take care of me during the trips.
      - I have then gone camping on my own since I was 16, from which I've learned a lot and never actually got much help from the people I have encountered.
      - Lived with Indians for 1 entire month to understand their way of living.
      - Have been lost in the wild for an entire week with no supplies except for a water bottle until I found my way back to the camp.
      - Studied by myself, through books and the internet, how to survive in the wild. Is safe to say I have some decent knowledge about it.

      In terms of supplies:

      - Currently, I don't have much. Water bottles, backpacks, and all the basic stuff, I do. But besides that, not really. However what I do have is a fuck load of money which might help. My mother died when I was 8 and I have since inherited from her 394,197.41 US dollars which I have laying around. I will gladly use a great percentage of the money to buy any supplies you think are in requirement. I would also be willing to help those who want to join you but don't have enough for it.

      My weaknesses are mostly things which I think we can find solutions too:

      - I'm assuming you live in Alaska, which I don't. I live in Brazil, despite having traveled a lot, I've never stopped being an resident here. My english however will not be a problem. In my entire academic career I have studied in an American school, meaning most of my friends were foreign, two were from Alaska themselves, and also at least 8 hours each day, I was speaking English. Anyway, the camping trips I was talking about were done in Brazil (Mostly in the Amazon rainforest which I'm guessing you've probably heard about) so I might not be as good in Alaska as I am here however I'm pretty sure I will still be very effective, and if we proceed with this possibility I will gladly do as much research as possible about the wild life in Alaska. As for how will I get to you, as I have mentioned, money is not a problem. I can get there within a week if I wanted too.

      Besides that, there are no real weaknesses to point out that will affect our lives in anyway.

      I am a very young white male. Turned 18 recently. But I don't see the point in waiting. In reality I see being 18 as an advantage as I'm very energetic and have chosen this to be my lifestyle a long time ago. My father has no problem with this, he wants me to live the life I want to and having money with no one to stop me, I am free to do what I want. Choosing to live this life in Alaska has actually been a dream that when I was young I never thought could've turned in reality, but I've been motivated that Alaska should be my destination a long time ago after doing some very basic research on it.

      I hope this has been enough to give you an understanding of how useful I can be. I have no idea of your expectations so it is surely understandable if I do not fulfill them, or if I'm just not one of the people you were looking for. If this was not enough for you, there is no need to read any further. I will proceed this email imagining I have convinced you this far. I will now talk about what I would expect from this as well as my motivations for doing it.

      First off I wanted to ask a few questions: I'm not sure how many emails you've gotten so far, but you were exactly the type of person I was looking for. I imagine that you want as much people in this as possible but I can't tell. How many people are you looking for exactly? Do you have any specific number of people you want in this? How many people have talked to you so far that are joining you? I've seen that you're post was very recent so I understand if there isn't actually anyone who has joined you yet.

      Besides that, what location are you looking for exactly for us to live in? Has that been decided yet or are you still thinking about it?

      What motivates you to leave civilization to live in the wild? For me it was simply always my dream, however in my vision, I would be in the wild, hunting and gathering, but always moving. Eventually I want to find a quiet, peaceful and beautiful place in which I can rest and settle in, for me to eventually die in peace.
      That's my vision and possibility you have something different in mind which I think wouldn't be really a problem as long as we are living in the same way and in the same place, we should be able to live together.

      In terms of the money, I am willing to buy as much supplies as possible as mentioned before, but besides the few bucks I would bring with me to Alaska, I will leave the rest in a bank on Brazil as I want to have that there for safety reasons, also considering we haven't met each other in person which is okay, but as always everyone needs to be careful with this sort of thing.

      Finally, I want to know how long do you think it will take for you to finally put things in motion, and start heading to the wild. I am going to Texas in vacation on a camping trip, my fourth one away from Brazil. I will be back early on 2016. Will you be willing to wait until said time?

      I will patiently wait for your response and I hope this was enough to convince you. If not, best of luck and I hope everything works out!

    • Scott I figured I would take a shot at replying to you. I'm on the east coast in the south and it wouldn't be too hard to get to the Tampa area. I'm as serious as you'll probably find about living in the wild and I've trained and acquired the necessary gear to go. I have a list of things I'm still trying to get together to accommodate being off the grid. I've mapped locations and terrain since this is also a big part of what I've done in the military. Location will be key in succeeding in the wild.

      • Hello Phil how are you my friend. I'm happy you emailed me there seems to be only a few of us people here that's serious and ready for this amazing life in the beautiful alaska wilderness. I've talked to over 10 people and only 2 seems serious about this. I hope me and you come up with a plan together so we can do this.ive got lots of gear tools genearators big arctic tents wood burning stoves food and dry food and supplies for 1 year for 4 people to live on . because we both know first year going to be tough. But in few months of Alaska summer we can build the cabin and a garden. Threw email I'll give you my information that way can text or call or email.thanks my new friend count on me I got your 6.

        • Sounds like a plan you guys... Awesome!

      • We need to decide on a location, I was thinking Alaska but I am aware of the bitter long winters there, I remain open to suggestions, I am not sure if it would be a good idea to pick up locations around Yellowstone, Madrid Fall, Louisiana and the surrounding states where the inundations occurs, also not below the great lakes up north, and definitively I would not consider going on the East coast/ West coast near the ocean because of repeated dreams I have experienced of seeing destruction all along the East/West costs.
        I was told when a dream repeats itself it means it is going to pass
        You may call me nuts, and that's okay, but I know what I saw and I am scared enough not to consider living around those areas.

  11. I believe that with everything going on in the world today with world economics, wars, terrorism, people just fed up with the rat race of the city, and an increase in the interest of people in "What is my purpose?" rather than "How do I become successful and whose standards do I use to determine my success?" and on and on more people will be looking towards starting a new life and lifestyle in the wilderness. If you are interested I have a Facebook page Leave the Cities and move to the Wilderness.
    I would be interested in having increased contact with other like minded people. Either by email or on Facebook at the page above.

  12. Hello I'm scott my skills are hunting trapping fishing Butcher building electric concrete I'm ready to build a homestead in the beautiful alaska wilderness alone or with few people like minded. I have nothing holding me back at all I'm buying supplies & Tools and few generators chainsaws and food and dry goods with tents and things needed out in the woods. I'm saving money now to buy land or supplies needed. I'm 43 white male I have a income I get every month . I've lived in woods of Vermont for 3 plus years in - 30 degree weather. I'm in tampa fl and ready to call alaska woods me let's talk guys & gals

    • I'm very interested in what you have in mind, I'm out on the trail now about to to start the eastern continental trail with a like minded friend

      • I'm in the fort Myers area right now

      • Hello I sent you a email and my information. Good luck on the trail and be safe.

    • Phil
      November 15, 2015 • 11:30 am
      I am looking for others who want to take the journey of living off the grid. I have a strong military background and plenty of outdoors/survival experience. This has been a dream of mine for years now and I'm looking to make it a reality! I'm in my 20's and very capable of executing this way of life. Being out in the wild sets me at peace and I know it's where I belong. I have posted on here before and talked to a few people but they all seem to be a dreamer and not a person who is willing to commit. Feel free to contact me by email if you are serious. I would be fine making this decision alone but having help and someone else around would probably be more beneficial.

  13. Are you interested in off the grid living? If you do, I'll be happy to hear from you. I am looking forward to meet people with diverse skills who are seriously interested in pursuing this lifestyle permanently. My desire is to meet the right people to team up together and hopefully make it happen. I am considering heading to the Alaskan Wilderness and live off the land. If you are a decent person, honest, trustworthy and reliable person, feel free to contact me. You must understand that in order to ensure everyone's safety, some form of background must be conducted. You can only imagine if you venture without the proper research, you may fine yourself in unsafe circumstances, and you want to avoid this situation at all cost. It does never hurt to do the right thing, so please understand that this is the reason for conducting this type of research. I will not consider going with folks that have chemical addictions as this will only create problems. I am referring a person having addiction to alcohol, meth, pills, heroin and anything of that sort. I am being very clear so please be mindful of the guidelines.
    This kind of living requires people with strong will, skill and the right mindset. If you have issues with controlling people or being a drama queen, (some men can be a drama queens too, no offense) please do not even consider contacting me. I am a mature person and I desire to meet like minded people to team with on this journey. I like this experience to be pleasant and go smoothly as much as possible. Nature will offer plenty of challenges to us so there is not additional drama that will be needed. If you do have military, bushcraft, primitive survival, and in general, survival skills, do not hesitate to write me a note. Keep in mind that I am looking for serious people only. To those of you who are interested in pursuing this kind of living, please feel free to talk me about your plans and ideas either on this post or by email at

  14. This is exciting to me, I think about this endeavor everyday and how civilization is less and less attractive to me. Would be nice to find a group of decent and trustworthy individuals to do this, or a person likewise, but if those requirements aren't met, I will pursue it alone. I am comfortable with the idea, and loneliness does not bothers me.
    In case someone wonders, I am not doing this because I am running away from the law, but for different reasons. I love nature and I want it to be my home until the day I die. The journey is good for my own refinement and to experience true freedom.
    For the time being, I am only interested in pursuing this endeavor in the States not outside of the country. And as I said before, I am not looking forward to meet someone with the intent to end up in a romantic relationship. At this point in my life, I am not interested on that romantic aspect and I want to keep it that way.
    Not sure if there would be a companion up there that would be able to understand this, but perhaps. Maybe an angel, lol. Does anyone happen to know how to connect with good people already established in Alaska pursuing this lifestyle?
    I am not a master in survival techniques, but will be willing to go with someone who has extensive skill so that I can learn more. I like a family, a group, or a person but at some point I will want to be on my own. Does anyone knows a family or a person who is willing to take someone under their wing and to provide with the skills in exchange for help (assuming that person would be living off the grid and would need a hand to help) I heard a place in NC some farmer that does that, I think it was on a show on TV but i cannot remember what it was. I may consider going south, but I do not want to deal with the heat, unless is somewhere in the mountains where is cooler.
    So if you are interested and are not looking for romance feel free to contact me.
    My email is already on a previous post. Best wishes to those who seek this truly and with a clean heart.

    • Lisa, my name is Rayden Cody Stormcrow, i am an American Indian female. I live in saint Petersburg florida. I don't have a lot of money but I feel the same as you. I do know how to live off the grid though. Don't get me wrong, i have never lived in Alaska, but like U i'm sick of the way society is going and that i just want to be where life begins and ends. I have been saying this for a long time, i just haven't done anything about it yet. my # is 480-242-8365 my address is 200 4th street north Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701. I hope to hear from you. Thx

      • I am looking for others who want to take the journey of living off the grid. I have a strong military background and plenty of outdoors/survival experience. This has been a dream of mine for years now and I'm looking to make it a reality! I'm in my 20's and very capable of executing this way of life. Being out in the wild sets me at peace and I know it's where I belong. I have posted on here before and talked to a few people but they all seem to be a dreamer and not a person who is willing to commit. Feel free to contact me by email if you are serious. I would be fine making this decision alone but having help and someone else around would probably be more beneficial.

    • Lisa,

      Just wanted to say something to you and the others here who just want to be free and one with nature. GO! Don't make the mistakes I made when I was younger and continue to live in a society you really want no part of. Every single day I feel more and more worried about the turn this country is taking, how would I affrd to live if something happened to my husband. I am now 64 years old, or will be later this month, and am a retired dog groomer after 22 years of grooming. My body is falling apart, 2 back surgeries, and I am always depressed. One of the very biggest mistakes I made in my life was leaving Alaska. Moved there at 30 after becoming estranged from my then husband. I loved it there, felt an inner peace I had never known. Lived in a small cabin about 50 miles from Anchorage. But, like a moron, returned to hubby. Dumped his booty 6 months later! Then life just got in the way, as it has a way of doing. There has not been a day that I have not wanted to " go home ". I guess what I am trying to say is this: Don't let yourself get to 64 years old and say " I wish I had gone! Now it's too late."
      You go girl and never look back!

      • Debi, thank you so much for your words of encouragement, I do appreciate them, and I am looking forward to do carry on with the plans. Blessings to you and yours

    • I am a nature lover myself who has no desire to violate the law of the land or God's law either. Also I can do janitorial work with primitive equipment for farmers need janitorial services for their bunk houses, store rooms meeting rooms ETC I was born/raised on a ranch in a dry climate and Oregon has plenty of rain/lakes and I wouldn't mind working there in that big beautiful land. Write J.H. L. P.O. Box 1077 Lufkin, TX 75902. I can live in a wilderness with no electricity with all my books and magazines and build my own house if I have the land and money for materials.

  15. I am very interested in living in a remote northern forest (not a big fan of the heat) either in the US or Canada. I'm currently getting supplies to live in the wild for a long period, permanently in fact. I have a lot of survival skills, in fact I was raised as a hunter and my mom taught me how to grow vegetation and to cook. If nothing else can someone point me in right direction where people are less likely to find me and run me off. Not running from anything I ensure you, I'm just extremely miserable in "civilization" and want to be in wild where I'll be happy.

    • I don't want to write a book here but I come from a military background with plenty of training and experience. I am looking for others who are serious only. I have been planning for awhile now and I've considered off the grid by myself but I'm not sure about going alone.

      • I am serious as well, although it won't be for another year before i'm ready, i'm comfortable going out on my own as well as with a couple other people

    • Hey Caleb, I am totally in agreement with you. I have devoted too much of my life trying to get ahead, but in the end, you can't take it with you. I am just starting to look into places that will be best suited to live and not be chased out. I am looking for something in the western region of the US. I think Alaska is the best place, but the winter month would be extremely difficult.

      • I totally agree, it's mostly remote land untouched by humans, but with it getting really low into the negatives, it would be a huge test of endurance. I think I would love it up there non the less. I already mapped out few places, all the way from North Carolina to Canada and Alaska.

    • What area are you located out of now? I'm on the east coast.

  16. Hi All!

    To anyone wanting to start this type of life, whether it's to start anew, or simple experience it for a while. If you have the desire, don't worry about anything else and just go. Just do it. There will always be a job waiting for you when/if you get back, your family will still be there, your friends will want to know what happened. You may not be able to pick up exactly where you left off, but you'll have more help than you need. Go and live the adventure.

  17. Hi! I am more than ready to fly away to freedom! I was thinking the Spring of the coming year. I am a decent, honest, strong, helpful person, and my intentions towards others are never malicious. I worked for a financial institutions in the past but the more I contemplate the state of things is the US and the world, I rather choose the way of self-reliance. I am not looking for a romantic relationship. If someone is willing to help me and still respect that desire. I would like to join a group of like minded people to help one another achieve the dream of independence and self-reliability. I enjoy cooking, sewing, crochet, computers, writing, gardening (I am not an expert but I have done some gardening before) I have a flare for art and music.
    I like living and eating healthy. My skills are basic as far as survival, but I am eager to learn from an expert who is willing to teach the necessary skills to survive in such an environment. If you are serious and have no ill desires, you may contact me at

    • tried to send you an E-mail didnt go through ???? I would like to find out more about your plans of adventure E -mail me please at

      • not sure what it did not work, that is the correct email and all lower cases.

  18. Hello everyone!
    I greatly admire those who chose the way of nature, that's the way to go. Nature has its challenges, but it is perfect and beautiful. Mother nature provides us with sustenance and healing both physical and spiritual. The more I understand things, and I see the current state of affairs in the world; I find myself wanting to run to nature and be completely surrounded by its magical beauty. In contrast to the corporate world who robes the peoples of family time, and pay wages of exploitation which cannot provide people with a decent living. They pay 7.50 and hour and they think they are paying a fortune! Disgustingly greedy they are! I am sick of this lie we all are getting caught into. I find sickening the fact that most people agree to this type of subordination which brings heavier and ticker chains. God gave mankind a home called nature and He entrusted man to take care of the garden. Interesting that from the air above and looking down unto the earth, what we see is a garden extending generously throughout all the continents.This is the home God gave us freely and with resources for free energy at no charge. The only requirement was to take care of our home, but instead we are taxed for the free resources which God bestowed upon us as a gift, and instead of us being in charge, the big corps control and exploit the earth's natural resources sucking the earth's energy for profit. This is insanity!
    So if the IRS did not invented nature why do we have to pay taxes for mountain view, river view, stream view and so on? As I say, the more I understand the things the more I want to separate myself from the grid and be self- sufficient. There is true freedom in nature and true bondage in the world and society that man invented.

  19. Hello. I am a primitive survivalist, a Hunter, a Trapper, a logger, a carpenter, a mechanic. I can make fire from Ice and make bread from cattails. THere is nothing in the wild that I have not built or accomplished.. I have spent all of my life traveling all 50 states backpacking camping, living in the wild for months on end and am ready to break the ties to the Grid...
    I have bought land in Alaska. 5 acres in the middle of Nowhere. I am not running from anything but To Freedom and Tranquility in Nature.
    Anyone wanting to join me may. I have more gear than we will ever need and Funds to
    keep going until we are self reliant..
    I heard someone say how do you pay the taxes.. They are cheap on rural and undeveloped. my 5 acres are $68 dollars a year.. I am going to sell the hides each spring that I get from the meat I secure, to pay for that and things that we want to buy.
    such as seeds and womens NEEDS for the next year.. I want to have two men and
    two women. I dont want anyone coming thats looking for mates, if it happens whatever but not at first. We need to survive First..

    Personally I am not looking for the best outdoors person in the world. I can teach anyone all of the trades,. I want someone that wants to go so bad they cant stand it.. Looking for WILLS not Skills... Email me

    • What a dream😊 but it sounds dangerous. I've been working physically hard for so many years and would just love to step out the door into the wilderness. I've lived in Fairbanks and Anchorage, love southern Alaska, enjoy visiting cities for a short time but central and northern are not for me. I live in Iowa now and winters are worse here than Fairbanks and I say that because FB sits in a bowl (causes cabin fever) and Iowa is flat prairie with nothing to stop the wind. It takes a good ten years for a place to feel like home so push that knowledge on your cohabitants. My concern is the dangers of co habitating with different personalities out in the middle of no where - could get scary, for you or the others. Wish I could come along, maybe some day.

      Keep in touch, let me know how you are doing putting a group together and the dynamics you expierience.


      • Haha okay

    • I'm looking for the same thing now I'm ready to excape this terrible way people have become.

    • seriously, deal seem too good to be real....
      I am a vet from norway, dreaming of a life in the wilderness. i hunt deer, rabbits and grouse in the fall.
      living of the land is not difficult, but a load of work, we like;)
      i chop my wood and have a huge house in norway with one stove to warm it all.
      The biggest threat to this kind of living is decease and injuries. How is your competance?? in this field?

    • When, is this going to take place? I am very much interested.please e mail me a reply

    • I'm in. My name is Rayden Cody Stormcrow, i am an American Indian female. I'm so sick of this society that it's not funny. I don't have the skills that you do, but i'm a quick learner.

    • Hi Bryan , My name is Keith ...I,m 51 ...I stay in pretty good shape hiking & camping and what not... I lost my career as a merchant marine officer / Boat captain cause i can,t pass the (ishahara) colorblind test & I am not colorblind...I drive an 18 wheeler propane truck now & I hate it...& I can not stand being around people anymore , because people have just gotten selfish , unkind , & greedy...basically A-Holes...I have a bung load of guns , ammo, and survival gear & would very much love to get off the grid..where are you at in Alaska ...this idea of yours sounds almost too good to pass up...If you are still serious, you can E-mail me at

  20. I'm 48, I was raised by a Green Beret father in the mountains of the pacific northwest, I also have a military background & lifelong survival teachings from my father. We used to go for 2-4 weeks every year into the different mountain ranges and survive on nature with my likewise uncles & cousins. Next year after the thaw, I am planning on spending a year north & east of Fairbanks, Alaska. Utilizing the various campgrounds when needed, there is one campground that is not only open in the winter, but it is also free. I will be going into Fairbanks once per month for supplies & contact family via phone & internet. Anyone else interested, you're more than welcome. Good luck & Godspeed on your endeavors. -Wally

    • Wally, I would very much like to get in touch with you and talk to you about a few things I'm a 22 year old Canadian looking to go on my first long adventure in the wilderness, I been thinking about going alone somewhere here in Canada after spring hits, but I would absolutely love Alaska, also having a seasoned veteran like yourself along for teaching and all the knowlage would be fantastic. My email is if this interest you at all. Have a great day.

      • I am also looking to leave after spring thaw in2016. i am going to northern canada somewhere i have a few places picked out. i currently live in ottawa ontario. i have a survival skills as well as skills for trapping small game and growwing foods that are natural to the environment i will be living in as not to mess with the eco system. i have been researching all kinds of different things from building shelters to first aid which i am certified in. i have a extensive list of supplies to live for a long time in the wilderness. all i need is a few people that are equally interested in this sort of living.skills are a must as this is no camping trip this is hard bush living and if you arent prepared then you will fail. exercise your mind and body and you will only fail if you arent prepared for hard work.

        • Hello Terry,

          I am interested. Funny, but I've been planning on selling my business (I already have a buyer) and leaving in the Spring of 2016 as well. I do not want to come back.

          I'm good at surviving in hot dry conditions, but the snow appeals to me. I'm strong as an ox and have spent many nights alone in the wilderness.

          I can do all the basics: build shelter, fire, make water and hunt. I've hiked over 20 miles in a day with a 40# pack, can do 14 strict pull ups, 50 push ups and run for miles.

          I'm only interested if it's hard work. I've been building up my supplies as well, studying vociferously, etc.

          Feel free to email me if you're interested at

          Although a woman, I am not looking for a mate. I prefer to be on my own but recognize the value of working together as a small group.

    • Hi my name is Kellie, I'm 45 years old. I've been reading everyone's comments and for the most part I've been feeling the same way for years and years. But I've had family obligations and now my children are grown and on their own and I'm a grandmother of three beautiful girls. So I figured now it's my time. I don't want to be completely alone out there but with a small group of like minded individuals. I can cook, sew, fish, hunt, chop and gather wood, I'm very handy with tools and building things. I've always done the "man's" job to earn a living to make more money to raise my boys, their father died along time ago from cancer and I raised them on my own. I've always been the outdoorsy tomboy type. I can handle my own. I've just always felt that I really didn't belong in this society and longed to get away into the wilderness and live simply and enjoy my surroundings. For years I've struggled to pay rent and utility bills and to put food on the table and still have nothing but misery. I long for the mountains and forests.the peace that comes with, I also know it's not easy but then again living in society isn't either. I think I have a lot to contribute to a small community,so if anyone's interested please please please email at I'm looking to leave in the spring to start my wonderful New life!

      • Where are you in US? I'm n GA.


        • I'm in southeast Pennsylvania

      • I have also been looking to going off grid , but also been looking for small group to go with , I have hunting , fishing, construction exp. Grew up in the woods , been interested in Alaska , Montana , somewhere well off the grid , if anyone is interested my email is jlhartley1@yahoo will be ready to go after the thaw next year

        • I'm ready to go. I have many years of outdoor experience doing the struggle of life I have little in supplies but I'm going if this world and people keeps hurting my soul. I'll make it or die.

      • Kellie:

        I am planning on heading to the Wilderness areas of Wyoming or Montana...Working at rustic ranches, tending to and wrangling as well as whatever else need to get done.

        It is off grid so to speak but with some initial security and availability to stay in touch with my 81 year old Mom and my 2 adult Sons.

        I hunt, fish, Cook, swing a hammer and/or an axe, have little to *NO* fear factor but a lot of common sense.

        It is right on the edge of the "outback" in the mountains with the most amazing rivers running through and plenty of game, plenty of fish.

        I have lived along on a 26000 acre ranch in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for more than a year, but havent been back to the "wild" in more than 4 years.

        My Family and everyone who knows me say I was born about 100 years too late and my "old soul" will never be content HERE, dealing with the politics corruption, whining and basically EVERYONE complaining but NO ONE actually DOING anything !!

        I figure a season to save up some money and get re-acquainted with what it takes to SURVIVE and prosper in the wilderness.

        Any interest in working with me for about 9 months and make our plans to go from there ??

      • Kellie, let me know what you come up with. We two are very common. I know that it would take a community to make it but co existing with others can get ugly. I am 49, my children except my step daughter are on their own. I've worked in a hydraulic plant since '98, have always done physical labor jobs, but my body isn't what it use to be. Don't know if I could do it but would love to support and encourage you and enjoy hearing how you are getting along.


        • Hey Kelly lol, I'm going to hike the Florida trail over the winter then the Appalachian trail after that, then I'm looking to find someplace to settle down off the grid. Email me at kellieclyde@yahoo. Com

      • I think with my age and interests I would like to be a stagging location where people could bring supplies, pick up supplies, mingle, have a hot meal or bath, keep in contact with the outside world thru some sort of communication. Even though I know I want out of this consumerism life I still want all the amenities, I just don't want to pay for them. That's what I have been working on here in Iowa. I've been buying manual kitchen tools and quit replacing electrical appliances that are intended to break so you will replace them in a couple of years just to keep us all working the rat race. Tired and worn out of this stupidity. My husband is on board with me and has been purchasing tooling, the last item was an oil press. I know these are little steps to a big dream but we are moving forward. We have property we could sell but wouldn't amount to too much just enough to move on. I'm smart enough to know my limitations yet bullheaded enough to "Just do it". Off grid/get out keeps echoing in my head. I hear you all out there so tell me, would it be beneficial to a group of survivalists to have a central stagging place to go. What if we owned a large portion of land where the city didn't harrass you about where you parked your vehicle or how many vehicles you owned or what pets were on your property or anything else they could dream up. Wouldn't it be handy to have a place to store items instead of dragging them around with you?

        What say you?

    • Hey Wally , I would be very interested , living off grid in Alaska has been on my list for along time I have hunting , fishing , camping , construction exp , I've lived off grid in the Everglades which is a harsh environment , I know Alaska is different because off the cold , already have cold weather gear , my email is jlhartley1@yahoo

    • I'm becoming very interested in learning how to survive in the wilderness and would one day love to live there indefinitely. If there's a possible way you could help that happen I would love you for it.

    • I'm 19 I started a little more than a year ago practicing primitive skills
      I have been a avid outdoorsman my whole life
      I am looking to live in the woods somewhere I really don't care where
      I train in mma, flintknapping, a little parkour and archery along with my primitive skills
      Would like to talk more
      Contact me at

    • I'm prior military. I served in the air force as security forces for four years and in the army as an infantryman for three years. I have hunted an fished my whole life I'm 33 years old and looking to live in the wilderness for a few years.

    • Hi Wally, I am interesting in living out in the wilderness and learn the skills necessary to adapt and prosper on my own. I enjoy watching videos on YouTube about surviving in the wilderness. They are very interesting and informative.
      I was thinking of leaving in the Spring and I see that you wrote: "Anyone else interested, you're more than welcome." Can you expand on that a bit more?
      Do you expect to meet people in Fairbanks and go from there? If you do not mind me asking. Here is my address if you are interesting in discussing more

  21. I agree FullSpectrumSurvivalist. I believe that many tropical areas around the world are smart places to go to. Sure there are parasites, Yellow fever, Malaria etc, there are warzones as for example in The Congo which you probably want to avoid, and the deforestation is happening rapidly in most areas, but many of the tropical places are still wild areas, in most tropical places you don't have to worry about freezing to death and food is often easier to get a hold of than it is in for example Alaska.

    To find a place to live, I'm going to visit tropical rainforests, mountains, savannas and islands around the world, starting this winter in Eastern Africa.

    Here's some sad information about the forests an wilderness areas of the earth:

    Feel free to start a conversation by replying to this comment.

    • Sorry for the typos, I was writing it on a phone. This winter I'm going to Central- and East Africa, not just East Africa. The journey after that will probably be to somewhere in the Amazon rainforest. Other places I might visit are Borneo, New Guinea and a bunch of smaller islands.

      It's a shame how humans are exploiting earth. Alot of tribes in the Amazon will see their homes destroyed, they may even be forced to live in society, or perhaps even die when the two continentwide projects crossing Brazil and Peru — the $2.8 billion, 1,600-mile Interoceanic Highway and the Chinese-sponsored $10 billion, 3,300-mile Twin Ocean Railroad will be created.

      • You actually mentioned the place I am thinking of. I plan on getting full inoculations before going. It will be awhile before I go, don't really want to talk about everything here, you can email me, as I provided my email earlier.

  22. I find it more than funny people think places like Canada and Russia is the only options, those places are cold and have a very short growing season, you are not thinking clearly. I have a place picked out in the South America, now that's more like it, don't you think? I am not sure when exactly I am going, but probably in a year or two. When I go, and after I have flown in everything I will ever need by Helicopter, I am not ever coming back. I have to liquidate everything I am not taking with me of course, but if anyone is interested especially if you are a female in good shape with skills my email is "".

    The chances of running into anyone from Civilization where I am going is slim to none, in fact there are Tribes living in the Rain Forest, and they don't even go where I am going because, they can't get there.

    I will be taking Firearms and bow, etc. Will be taking seeds and growing food, hunting, trapping, you name it. Know this before you email me about this, you can't back out once the Helicopter leaves, because you can't walk out from where I am going, so if you are not in it for life, don't bother wasting my time.

    I will be hundreds of miles from Civilization, and for as far as the eye can see, is only Jungle. Where I am going, less than 10 people have ever been.

    • I am just curious what kind of seeds you will be taking with you? It seems like you have done some research on certain things but just remember introducing new plants can be bad for the local plants around. just a thought.
      I like your idea about your location minus all the poisonous animals kicking around you. thats the good thing about the cold. i only have to worry about a handful of dangerous animals. trust me canada has a long enough growing season to grow what i need and the cold is a free freezer in the winter for meat and other foods.
      good luck on your trip man. live free and happy :)

      • I am not sure about the seeds I will be taking yet, I know what I want to take, but it will depend on what is already available, and what I can grow where I am going. I'm sill doing research, I know where I intend to go though.

    • I was stationed at Fort Wainwright which is next to Fairbanks Alaska and although there's a short growing season the crop yields are huge owing to the volcanic ash in the soil, location dependent, and the 24 hour sunlight. You really have to experience the 40 to 60 below that you get in Fairbanks before you go. I'm betting it's a dealbreaker.

  23. Do you have to pay for the land your living on in the woods or can you just live on it for free?? What about taxes on the land??

    • If you own your own land, you'll have to pay your land taxes.

      You could live in the wilderness for free, unless you find someone who will let you buy a chunk, or rent a piece.

      But trying to live in it for free could be a downfall, because rangers could constantly tell you to leave.

      I am planning to do it for free. I know a few areas in southern Virginia along the Appalachian Trail, that once you jump off the trail, you'll be heading deep into the woods.

      I'm am getting my gear together and will probably head out late March/early April to do this. That's the plan anyway.

      If you're interested in trying this out with me, give me a holler.

    • There's land in Alaska with people of never said for it , not the government , not the natives, not anyone! The entire state has less than 1 million people located mainly in Anchorage Juno and Fairbanks. When I was in the army I hitched a ride with the tracker app to the North Slope I think it was about 300 miles from Fairbanks 400 miles perhaps I don't recall. Nothing that empty space, after you pass the Brooks Range it's all tundra no more trees. On the tundra there's ducks and muskox everywhere. As you cross the Brooks Range over the highway you'll see sheep on the side of the road And i'm told there's tons of wolves up there too.

  24. I recall a few years ago I called rangers station in one of the West Coast national parks about possibility of long term staying. The moment they understood that I am not bringing any trailers or anything dramatic with me, they said: "Just stop by, we'll read you the fire safety, you will sign it, then you can stay as long as you wish". Especially since I am a vegetarian, and wouldn't be hunting anything out of season or at all. And I wouldn't have to - any forest is a combination of a cupboard and a pharmacy, that's why Indians in the older days could travel light.
    Good luck. There is still plenty of wilderness for all who need it. And soon staying in society would be more dangerous than living in the woods, anyway - just read the papers, and between the lines.

    • Hi,
      The app market will allow you to download a multitude of various survivalist manuals. Remember beavers are key to large ecosystems so eating them should be avoided.

  25. Hi! I am a 19 year old female from Puerto Rico who has been thinking of living out in the wilds for quite some time.
    I have felt alienated in my ideal, for a lot of people I have spoken to about this believe that I have gone mad.

    Reading so many comments from people who appreciate and are passionate about this type of life is refreshing.

    Would love to have a chat with anyone who has has the experience of living "al natural" or are planning to.

    • hey I also felt the same way for a long time, trying to gather a group of five to do the same as well I'm in northern California..

      • To Arleth and James
        Where would you plan on going? I'm am a rancher in Oklahoma but born and raised in California. spent 30+ yrs working outside. I am versed in healing arts of plants (including poison ones) and accomplished horsewoman. I know how to hunt and can pretty well take care of myself. I am native American (3/8) and gone back to my roots. Still a great many things I could learn about wilderness survival. Been thinking on it quite a bit but don't want to go it alone.

        • I am an 18 year old girl from Australia pretty keen to seclude myself from this havoc of a society we have created, I dream of a self contained community somewhere secluded where we all share our gifts and talents to create well balanced living. I have a partner the same age as me who thought I was crazy until he came round himself. It would be great to talk with you guys my email is

        • @Ginger:
          Hi!! I have been planning to go back to the US once done with my studies!.

          I have no experience with hunting and I think I should get some hads on experience.

          Please write to my e-mail. I would like to speak to you further about this subject!

        • I come from a military background and being a hunter and fisherman my whole life basically. I am looking to find serious people who really want to stop dreaming about the wild and actually go do it. I've always joked about being old school at heart even though I'm in my late 20's. I recognize how crazy things have become in our world and the times I truly feel stress free is when I am outdoors away from the chaos. I am well trained and well equipped for something like this but I'm not convinced I want to try it alone.

      • I want to go live in the wilderness.. I just can seem to assimilate to "modern society". Northern California here as well!

    • Im about to try my luck at living in the wild . How long are you trying to do it, im trying to live like that for a long time. Would love the company.

    • Hi i live in the bush here in nz although i do see a few people in the bush its not as secluded but it is an enjoyable way of life ,we humans are the top predater in nz bush so no need to worry about wild animals attacking however i do carry an axe in case of a stray pig, warm clothes are a must and would reccomend a water proof jacket and flint or a lighter for making fires then basic fishing ,line and hook, an snares for wild game , a gun or cross bow would do fine for large predators ,do your research thouraly of the area u plan to stay in and equip adequitly ,warmth and a weapon just for ease of mind wouldnt wanna fight a jaguar bear handed, and last but not least craft making or furr collecting keeps the mind sane and youv just created income so you can also make money enjoying what you do if its u, good luck! Now ur living

      • Hi Jessy. I am planning the same for this summer so I can build a shelter and get ready for the winter. Do you own the bush you are in or is it a national park. I can't afford land so I will be going to a national park. What are your thoughts?

    • Contact me my family is planing to do the same, Im in CT but looking to move soon.

    • Arleth,
      I am very interested in talking to you! I am preparing for a journey into the wild to build a small community which works together, with different skill sets, to live natural and in peace. Not immediately, but within the next 1-3 yrs. I would love to chat via email, then we can speak more in depth. Please do contact me.



    • call me if you want. 951 522 9851

  26. I am leaving for the sierra nevada's in march of 2016. The snow will be melting bout then. It will give me till sept to get things together, shelter, fishing spots and the hunting is great. I have done alot of camping over the years up there. If you get far enough back in noone would ever know you're there. You can trap rabbit in the winter and two deer a year will feed you. Smoke meat near end of summer for winter. You can gold pan in summer for money, an oz is $1300, plenty for ammo, beans and rice to go with the meat. You're not gonna get rich but it will be enough to get you by. I am 52 yrs old and have always wanted to get out of this rat race. I have reached a point in life where it's time to live this dream. I might die, i may thrive, but at least i lived my dream. Anyone in the west wanna chat i can be reached at

    • I have been thinking about doing this for many years myself .I am 47 years old and I am getting really tired of life with all the noise in big cities even in country towns

    • hi james read your blog.. i have been going to the sierra nevada mts for many years... my dad worked for the forestry service in the stanislaus national forest out of sonora area... i am retireing and heading up there to live in the woods.. lots of places in the sierras to live... cant say id planned on total disconnect but thats not out of the question..its a matter of degree.. it takes getting back into the rythem of the wilderness and rehoning skills...let me know if your interested...

    • james i e mailed you before but im not sure it went through.. anyway i am planing to go into the stanislaus national forest out of sonora ... my parents lived up there for years and my dad and i camped in that forest alot through the years... he worked for the forestry after he retired and he had a blast... he couldnt encourage me back then to live out there but before he died he told me to get out of the city... i didnt need any coaxing... if your interested at all let me know.. e mail is

    • Hi James, My name is Keith...I,m 51 & want to do the same ...Every time I try to E-Mail someone from this site, It doesn't work..I want to go to the same place you are going !!! Call if you want ...I have a ton of hunting,fishing,camping & survival gear...( 361 ) 523-9500 or anyone else that wants to get out of here !!

  27. Hey all, I've just been reading everyone's comments and figured I'd see if I could find any takers. First off, My name's Tracy, male, just turned 24 and a military veteran. I have very keen survival skills and have done so in a few different places, NC, AZ, CO, etc. I am looking to make the final approach to total disconnection and was looking to do so most likely in Canada. Though, I have never been, it seems the best option with all of the vast areas that are uninhabited. I have a lot of gear and essentials ready to rock and I'm not on a spiritual journey or trying to get closer to a God, I simply just want to get away from everything and live, whether it's for a year (minimum) or 10, I just feel like it's the right time in my life to do so. If anyone is interested in joining me in my journey please don't hesitate to contact me Anyone and everyone is welcome to join, or even just inquire as to how I plan to do so. Thanks for reading, hope to hear from you soon!


    • Member of search and rescue AZ am planning on leaving before December first for northern b.c. contact me

    • When are you planning on doing this? I to was in the army, although I am a bit older (37) I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life and have dreamed of doing this for as long as I can remember. I do feel like it would be better to do it with someone though. Let Me know where your from and where your planning on going? Thanks so much, Jim

    • Hey everyone!!! This post is directed at Tracy Rogers and anyone else. I reponded earlier in a post on this forum and am going to copy and paste(for time reasons..typing on a phone) that same post here:

      Im a 44 yr old man, truck driver, from kentucky and have told ppl for yrs that im gonna pull over on the side of the road and disapear into the woods!!! My son is grown up and ive been divorced for 4 yrs now. My live-in gf are going seperate ways and society has gone to crap. Im ready to do it now!!! I am like minded as some of the posts here!!! If i could join a small group of ppl wanting to commune in the wilderness and benefit from each others accomplishments..COUNT ME IN!!!! I AM VERY SERUOUS ABOUT THIS!!!

      My email address is please contact me if anyone is interested!!!!!!!

  28. Living out in the wilderness is no easy task and not for the light hearted. It takes a tough individual to withstand extreme conditions and predators, and many other issues you wouldn't even think about or expect until it happens. That being said, you will never regret it or forget it for the rest of your life, even if it is only temporary. I have been living in the woods for 3 years and 8 months and I absolutely love it. It was the best decision I have ever made. There will be moments in the beginning where you will feel bouts of loneliness, but it doesn't last forever. I rather enjoy the solitude. I only wish I had started doing it sooner, but obligations got in the way and I had to take care of things before I left "civilization" and it took longer than expected. I have had many tough moments but I am a tough chick and am very resilient, plus a red-head, therefore stubborn haha. But since I started primitive living I have been the happiest I have ever been in my life and will die a happy woman one day. I just got tired of bills and working for other people just to be able to survive. I don't want to merely survive, I want to LIVE! What kind of life is it when you wake up, go to work, go home, eat, sleep, wake up and repeat cycle. All just so you have money to keep a roof over your head, running water and electricity and have food in your belly? No thanks. That is no way to live life. It is very unfulfilling for me. Living in the wild and primitively is no walk in the park but you will never regret it and those memories (if it's a temporary thing) will stick with you for the rest of your life! Happy camping and stay safe!

    • Hello Riona,

      You sound like a kindred spirit. I love that you've been doing this for 3 years. I made the decision mid 2015, and I've been studying hunting, trapping, shelter building, field dressing, making fire, finding water, etc. as well as long solo weekends backpacking and camping since.

      Would love to connect as far as advice is concerned. You rock, woman.

  29. Im 35 and have been looking fo join a commune or just someone to go all naturale with me. So far ive attracted a bunch of crazies. Was in the military/infantry for 10 yrs. So i know a lot of the basics and how to survive

    • How interesting, I too am ex-military. You did not specify your location.. I am currently U.K and am looking for a escape from the rat race. Self sufficient living solely of the land. I have seen many places that would be ideal, ie no population so no interference or limitations. Russia especially has vast forests and abundance of resources required to sustain life. If anyone would like to talk about such a adventure as would be will be set up a small community completely of the grid around 5-10 people.

  30. And the answer to th question is it legal to live in the wilderness is not not if you
    dont own the land that you plan to live on. The government will make you move on or haul your asses off to jail for trespassing. There are people in California that are going though hell rite now for living off grid one even went to jail for refusing to hook back up to
    public utilities. Sorry about my spelling but you get the picture. I dont think that there is a place on the planet that you can legaly live for free but dammit im going to

    • I wouldn't say there are no places to live and not be found. if you look to northern Canada there is a lot of land probably more then any other country that is empty of people and you can very easily live out there and not be found. the laws are a bit different in the states compared to Canada. it is still illegal to live off the land if you don't own it but the land that is undeveloped is mostly owned my forestry or mining companies. the companies dont waste money sending people out to scour the land to find people that are "squatting" on the forest reserve land because it would be a waste of money and time.. also it is a good idea to move around any way. I'm a firm believer that if you are going to live in the bush you have a obligation to nature not to disturb your surroundings to drastically so building long term lodging such as a log cabin would be a bad idea. a quick shelter that can be torn down is a great option because you can move on to a new place and no feel like you have done damage to the place you will be leaving.Once again like everything i post on here it is only my opinion and is open for correction. I have done a lot of research on the forestry and mining companies in the area in which i would like to set up shop.The great thing about canada is 90% of the population lives with in 100 miles from the border of the states. that leaves alot of land not used.

      • Hi, Is there anyone who will organize a gathering for the people interested
        in wilderness, primitive life style ?
        One option we can look at is Cederville area, upper Michigan in October.

        If more than 3 people interested , we can get together to work out some plans to realize.

      • I am a Canadian 62 yr old male who grew up in Manitoba - prairie but lots of lake, rivers and bush and now live in Alberta near the Canadian Rockies. There are many places a person could live in the wilderness without too much hassle but many would return to civilization after they find wilderness living is a bit more challenging than they thought. Anyone wanting to pursue a wilderness life for whatever period of time they stay would be well advised to read everything they can find and practice these skills while close to home. But keep it simple. If you look at the pioneers, prospectors. mountain men and trappers/voyageurs etc., they were not "gear heads" but focused on carrying most of what they needed between their ears rather than all the latest/greatest gear in an expensive backpack. "The more I know, the less I have to carry". It may be wise to spend some time hiking/backpacking in the backcountry before settling in for the long haul. It can be done!!! Its important for each of us to know if we are running from something or to something and then go from there.

  31. to go into the wildernes and leave the city life be hind you dosent mean go in to the wilderness so you can turn around in a month or two and go back to the city to take care of a few thing. i dont think there is one person on this blog that can really say that they wont go back to the place you left behin because you will always have things hat you for got or loved ones that you miss or youll think dam my friends was rite i cant do this.
    Before you go tromping around trashing the woods and building shit that you
    never intended to stay in for the rest of your life think real long and hard will i want to come back do i really want this will i miss everyone that told me i cant survive alone. Well will you. Dont try if you have any thoughts like that because you wont make it. i have no reason to stay in a world of hate i will survive that is what you need to be thinking about. If not just stay
    home.I myself will survive i need nothing that city life has to offer.

    • Hi RC,

      I just read your comment on this site and you have "taken the words out of my mouth" I have read comments on the site where people want to go and live in the wilderness but most of them, do not mention that they want to be on their own, they seem to be wanting to live in a commune for some time and then go back to their previous life, I personally think that, when deciding to leave society behind, it would be for good due to not being happy at all and finding it seriously difficult to live that way and wanting to move to a live where one believes that they will be happy as they are sure, this is what they want.

      I know that I personally, want to do this, move to the wilderness, live alone and for the rest of my life, make it possible to sustain myself with the minimum possible so not to disturb nature and be in peace with myself and the world when there, be happy which is so simple but few see it.

    • Thanks RC. That is the REAL question isn't it? I'm with you on thinking long and hard about it which is what I'm doing now. I don't want to go where there is a lot of snow all the time nor the desert. Trying to get ' a group' of people is just defeating the purpose. Might as well stay where you are. Also-mixing genders is a recipe for disaster, imho. I'm 55 and fairly healthy. Only take over the counter stuff when needed. Plants and herbs can do the same. So if you're not in good health...If I went with, maybe 2-3 others I'd prefer we all had separate skill sets. Since I am versed in herb lore and horses and can fish and cook and know the land-I'd prefer someone who can ride, hunt by gun and bow and has strength to do the things I can't. Building a log cabin is not a realistic idea in survival living. Willing to sleep on the ground? Move every few days? Taking only what you need to live? I will be pondering these as I am considering selling everything and buying what I need (thanx James?) as well as s horse or two.

    • Thanks Paula.
      Ginger i have been wanting to go for some time now but i have an ill father
      and leaving now would be great but waiting to see what happens with him.
      I am 51 have sharp huntng and fishing skills. im not wanting to build a log cabin
      but i am not above living in a cave or teepee. Mixing gender is not a problem
      I dont care what sex or race you are as long as you can contribute to the cause.
      Three or five people would be fine but im not looking for a any one that will turn around in a day,week,month,year or two and want to go back to the city for iI am a lifer
      will not come back once im there im there to die. It will be hard in the beginning but
      nothing is easy. I have a Harley that i will be trading for some horses and a pack mule
      but that will be later. I have tents plenty of fishing gear to share hunting gear guns ammo and bows. If you wish to contact me please feel free to e-mail me.

  32. I am looking for a few like minded people to do some wilderness living. I have everything I think I will need to live in the bush. I have a solid 2 year plan and would love some company on the trip. I live in Ontario,Canada. I am planning this trip in the spring of 2016 once the most of the snow has melted and the spring growth starts to come up. I have several areas i would like to check out. Starting close to people and moving further away as I get more comfortable with the situation.I would hope that anyone that responds to this has some sort of skills to add to the mix. This is a serious venture and not for the unprepared or unskilled. If there is anyone that is serious about it please email me at

    • I have been living for 23 years in northern Canada, nearest humans 250 miles away. What a wonderful time it has been for me. Almost died a few times but have learned very much about living free in the back country. Have a 600 page journal full of adventures good and bad. I have traveled back to Dallas only 3 times in that 23 years to visit family. This life is tough and rewarding but i didn't want to live a long, dull uninteresting life like most american's. I found that for the first year I missed people, but after that I experienced true freedom with this earth and my creator. I don't hate America or people, I simply wanted to do something real and challenging. This journey has been both of those. I have laid under the trees weeping and stood on mountains with such great love and wonder in my heart. do it! you won't regret it. Even if you only stay a few years and return, it will be the thing you remember the rest of your life

      • where area do you live in? what where some of the big issues you faced?

      • Hi Brook,

        The life you talk about sounds like my dream and I hope that I will do the same one day, I am working on this and hope that sooner than later I will be looking out on to the mountain or river and think, yes, I am happy now :o)

        Good luck in your life.

      • Hello Brook,

        You are my heroine! I have been planning a similar fate for myself with the intention of leaving Spring 2016 or 17 at the latest. I've been learning to hunt, trap, build shelter, etc. until then.

        Way to do this. I too would rather die than live a dull life.

    • Where are you planning on I really don't like temperatures below 0℃ seems like a disadvantage when you have the whole world to chose from

      • You dont really have the whole world to choose from at least in my opinion. my thinking is to get away from everyone and all the things that society has made us think are important. I dont want to run into anyone and i dont want to chance being in my mind there are very few places in our world where you can actually disappear. I want to disappear and only come out when i feel like it.
        The places i have looked into are in canada so it does get rather cold. i have been thinking of going south but not knowing the area and what grows naturally are a hindrance,because i have been doing all of my research based on canadian weather and growing seasons. If you have a good idea where to go where all the things i have mentioned are attainable then im up for it for sure.. the area isnt a huge deal more the peace and quiet of true freedom is what im really looking for. i welcome any ideas and thoughts on the matter. i have a open mind to pretty much everything.

  33. Although most comments veer off the original question of "Is It Legal to Live In The Wilderness?" this turned out to be a pretty good forum. From what I've gathered it's not "legal" to live any place you don't "own" or rent. Public land is OK to camp on but not for long term. Rangers or cops will eventually boot you if or when they find you...I guess the goal is not to get found. Other than that, it's great to see some like minded people come together on a topic like this. I hope you guys all get together & actually pull it off. That would be great. I don't know if Im ready to take the full plunge just yet, still too many things I need to get taken care of in my life but it's something I've always wanted to do. I am definitely looking to try a smaller adventure first. Maybe a few months somewhere to break myself into the life. I think jumping in all at once might be such a shock that it would scare most people least thats how I feel. Im in Fairfield County, CT (borders with NY - 45 mins from NYC) which doesn't have the best land for extended trips because of all the hikers but it does have a few good places. Large state parks and some great land around Candlewood lake, which is huge & has a few uninhabited islands, great fishing & hunting too. I'm thinking of going for about 3 weeks to a month around the end of September, before it get's so cold where I'll need a permanent shelter, stove, etc. I'll take a tent for the first few days while I build a decent shelter (wiki-up or round lodge). I think a month will be a nice test of my skills, use of gear & mental fortitude. If anyone has any suggestions, ideas, comments, etc. I'd love to hear them. I'd also welcome some company for part of or all of the trip. Haven't had any takers from the friends I've offered it to. Everyone has a full time job. I'm self employed so that helps. I know this isn't a survivalist matchmaking site but if anyone wants to hit me up to trade war stories, plans, ideas or whatever my email is (Im a 39 year old male. pretty normal, just interested in talking about outdoors/survival/camping/tactical prep, etc. No online donkey love or anything weird. Maybe some other time. Thanks & good luck to anyone making the leap.

    • Its nice to know theres like minded people out there, i thought i was nuts for wanting to walk away from my life an soceity, at least im not the only one! I grew up a loner an a bit of an out cast, i spent my summers as a kid running bare foot an wild through northern minnesota, my parents gave me a lot if freedom in that regard. All my "hopes an dreams" never revolved around being rich, famouse or any of that crap, just a simple quite life an being self reliant. I have hunted an trapped from an early age, bow hunted since i was 13, i know how to fish hunt trap an live off the land.. Someday when i get the balls ill tell my boss to blow it out his ass, my wife to fuck off an high tale it for good! The only reason i havent yet is my kids. Any like minded folks in Minnesota?

    • A test run sounds good to mentally prepare yourself. I have done a few weeks alone in the woods with just basic stuff to survive with and it is a great test on the human mind and body. I think everybody should try it at least once in their lives. our world has a way of changing quickly around us and it is a good idea to learn to live off the land and get away from the things that makes us soft as humans.we weren't meant to live the way we do and the people that want to live off the land and off grid are the ones that can survive whatever gets thrown at us. good luck on your journey. if you want to talk more drop me an email i would gladly share my experiences and knowledge with anyone.

    • Hi, How are you?
      I am interested in primitive living too.
      and would like to join part of you trip to wilderness area in CT in October.

      my e mail is

      • I am not too far from ct either and have dreamed of this since as long as I can remember. I feel I'm in the best shape of my life even if I'm not the youngest out there (37), I learned survival skills in the army and through some courses I took. Let me know if you guys want anymore companions this is something I'd. Definitely like to do with other people. Of course all my friends and family think I'm nuts. James


    • hey robin. what area are you in? i wouldnt mind chatting and swapping ideas.

    • Where are these Indian lands? I am working hard to afford a DNA test to prove my blood line as Blackfoot Indian. I have felt my whole life some powerful connection to the tribes and to the lands. Please reply to tell me where are these lands you speak of.

  35. I have this passion for the wilderness life as well. Lets talk through email.
    Enjoy life!

  36. i am looking to do the same as everyone here, i read all the comments and was wondering if anyone interested in this was in the NJ area? i mean, we could do this anywhere but the closer we are the easier it would be to link up. i have always wanted to do this in the TN/NC boarder area in the smokey mountains but i am up for anywhere. also i'm a 31 year old male. i have been studying wild edibles for a while now so during growing season we should be fine between that and growing our own garden and fishing. just need a good way to preserve fish and plants for winter usage. something that wouldn't require electric, maybe just drying it all out in the sun? lets do this!

    • Hey man if you can get a canoe or boat there's a lake up in happy valley tn with a beautiful island in the middle out in the smokey mountains me and my family just camped there for a few days you can stay asking as you like noone brothers you just go into a nice cove out there and pitch a tent you can't build anything but there are plenty of drift wood for fires endless supply of water (just sterilize it by boiling it before drinking it) complete privacy (other then other boaters but they don't come in and bother you) plenty of wild life to make a snare trap or just fish for a meal just be careful of the bears and snakes my Ol lady almost got bit by a copper head out there and I got stung by a scorpion in my hand was reaching for the cooler an didn't see it there they won't kill you but they hurt worse then a hornet sting lmao but anyway it is beautiful out there closest you will ever get to God because its all God's country nothing man made away from society the way God intended us to live....just absolutely beautiful out there

    • contact me ASAP!

  37. After reading lots of these posts I feel similar to a lot of you. I don’t like being around large crowds of people (I'm slightly agoraphobic), don’t like living in a busy bustling city, really don’t like working in an uptight office setting, just generally don’t like the big city with people everywhere.

    The problem is I do live in a busy big city with people everywhere, work in an office where I have to wear a suit and sit in a cubicle all day (I'm actually typing this from work right now....). I just keep thinking to myself this is not what I want to do with my life. Yes, I do make good money and most people would kill for my job and my lifestyle. I also used to think this exactly how I wanted my life but now actually living it for the past 10 years I'm thinking otherwise. I want to move into the wilderness.....

    I noticed in a lot of these posts people say they have a lot of skills (hunting, fishing, trapping, building, etc.) but have little to no money. I am on the opposite side, I have a good amount of money saved, could sell my house and get money back, have a 401K, have a good collection of guns, have a room in my house that is dedicated to camping supplies, survival stuff, bug out bags, emergency foods. BUT....I have never hunted, trapped, etc. but I know I can learn how to do it all.

    If there is anyone who is interested in going into an adventure with more than a pack of matches and a package of ramen noodles and trying to survive then contact me. I'd like someone similar minded, willing to move into the wilderness (I don’t know where, we'd have to discuss) then contact me and we will start this adventure right!

    email me at

    • I forgot to add that im a single white male, 34, straight, not married, no kids, have a SUV, own a home, and dislike sweet pickles with a passion. Kosher dill pickles yes......sweet pickles no......

      • i sent you an email this morning, i also hate sweet pickles lol

    • LOL Doesn't everyone hate sweet pickles!!! I am emailing you now!

      • i happen to like sweet pickles in my potato salad. but that neither here or there
        i just want to live free of all the noise and polution. kill and raise my own food. no big shot ass holes telling me you can do that. I was meant to live wild and free not tied down to a chair or in the seat of a truck or holding a sighn. Im ready like 20 years ago.

    • hi my name is Rober. I live in the country in northeast Kansas.
      i can hunt fish track and trap. i've been stuck in this funk and i dont belong
      here. I was born to be in the mountains and would love to go out with a bunch of like minded people to live off of the land shoot catch and grow my own food.
      I can build my own shelter and help others to build. I have my own guns fishing
      gear three tents axe hatchett. my skills with fire are great. I can help those thaneed help and even those that dont who think they know it all. I don't claim to know it all but im not dum. I am a country boy and will be for ever. If there is any one or a grouthat need a tag along please mail me at Thank you all and happy trails

    • Are you all just going to talk dream and think about it or is there any of you going to follow your dream? I see a lot of dreamers but you all keep pecking along on your PC and no one really going through with anything. If any of you are truely willing to leave the modern world behind then get ahold of me. If you don't have a tent i have three I also have knives, gun's, fishing gear for three or four people. Bring dry goods only some bottled water just enough to get you where you are going. Pack lightly warm clothing is a must bring a cap and a warm stocking hat. Sleeping bags I have two but bring a cold weather one. My tents are cabin tents so they will sleep six with room for your gear. Strikers are a plus for fire. I would like to start a small village some place as far as we can get away from city dwellers. Peace love and respect is what it's all about. You can't find that in the city. Contact me here Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from a non-dreamer soon.

    • We all feel this way because we know life is not meant to be hell ! We were given a chance to explore n have adventures !
      We all should throw our hands up n give up on society as it has on us n do wits right ! LIVE!!!

  38. I've spent the past few months thinking back to my childhood. Living in the backwoods of Tennessee I spent hundreds of hours walking the paths of the mountains. Listening to nature's around me.

    Now that I am 23 years old I find myself looking out on those same mountains and dreaming of walking them once again. I have begin ordering supplies but honestly have no idea where I'll go. I may just start walking and walk until it feels right.

    I am no novice to survival but I'm not a pro either. So any like minded men or women should feel free to email me. I'd love to have someone to talk with about this.

    • 336-689-4547

    • sounds good, email me

    • Hey Johnson. I may be interested in joining you, Send me an email

  39. Hi, I am planning to live off the grid, for I am tired of living as a slave to the government, and the mighty dollar. I am tired of where society has taken us. I want to live in a peaceful area, where the only rules I follow, are my own. I believe that the land will provide what I need, as far as shelter, food, and primitive living. I have no more need for living in society, it is sickening the way things have turned, and I want to live out my remaining years in peace, and away from thousands of people I pass everyday. I am a 45 year old male, and have worked nearly 30 years of my life, and most of the money I have made, goes to Uncle Sam, and bills, not much is left over for me to enjoy.

    I had taken a hike into the woods last year along the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, and solely believe I have found my calling, which is to live off the grid. Since then, it seems the woods have been calling me to come back, and I have eagerly been wanting to do so. I have been looking on sites about this, and determined that this is the path I want to take.

    I, however, am wanting to take a different approach(I am sure some others already do this). Instead of building a home on the ground, I have decided to make my home in the trees, a treehouse if you will. My plans consist of a garden, solar panels(eventually), and living completely free from the government, and society. I plan to go deep into the woods in a certain area of Virginia. From there, I will follow my dream, and hopefully pull this off.

    I am looking for one, or a few, people who are interested in joining me in doing this. In making this into a little community, where we share the work, enjoy each others companionship, throw plans together and build on them, and most of all, to show the government, we don't need them to survive.

    If interested, please drop me a line at: livingoffthegrid@excite.c o m

    • I am in the same boat as many of you. I am so tired of working so much for so little and I feel as though society just pins you where you are. I am a 32 year old male with no kids and a bachelor's degree. I have been thoroughly researching how to effectively live off the land and would also like to do this in the Tennessee, North Carolina, or Virginia area. I truly love nature and would like to get back to those roots and leave the materialistic world behind.

  40. I am attempting to fully extricate myself from the System as I believe in nothing that it stands for. Also because I have "native roots", and a heritage that was stolen from me.

    I know I cannot continue to lie to myself and forgo the only lifestyle that is truly real and natural and peace giving...the lifestyle being the one in tune with Mother Earth.

    I do not believe in money or land ownership or anything the System ascribes to.

    I believe the Earth was given to us all freely by Creator/Great Spirit and if we exist in love, there need be no competition or strife or commerce...we can simply live SIMPLY and love...there is no price to life until man puts one there.

    I am trying to find where I can go (as I am alone besides one female friend who also desires to live this way).
    knowing how the rulers operate, all I can think of doing is jus jumping into the water and if anyone tries to mess with us, that's on them...for their laws are illusion..

    I have suffered enough in this System that leaves one for dead...

    I now know what REAL life is..i know the Creator and what is natural and Natural Law is what I live by...a life of simplicity and love is what I ultimately desire.

    It makes my heart feel better to see so many others seeking this life...i hope we can all meet one day as I do desire to meet pure hearted REAL human beings (not brainwashed/zombies/clones that the system produces)..

    I am currently in Kentucky and about to go to the River Gorge as I don't know where else to go...but I do hope to meet others...(specifically a man to begin a family I CANNOT stomach having a family in the system and I know that I need a man on my own spiritual wavelength which are few and far between)

    Ive noted some of the emails on here so I will be sending a few out just to connect...

    I have a Youtube page that for the past few years ive been documenting my spiritual journey: Yanaba Freeheart

    Also, my email is:
    Peace and Blessings to all

    • Hi yanaba you speak a lot of clear unbrainwashed words which sadly a huge percentage of the world can't see :( I've been speaking to a guy on here through email we are also sick of the social system and been slaves to money, we plan to travel in Europe and live off the land I start real life, any how if this is something you like the idea off or even just wanna chat send me an email :) Peace

    • Would like to talk about all this 336-689-4547

    • hello yanaba. i like your style girl.. i believe we have the same goal. i am an exmarine and am quite different than what one has come to expect from the typical american.. i make my own way in this life.. shoot me an email if you still need a companion.

    • I really like what you have to say and I watched your you tube videos I am so sick of this fake world to and I am so ready to live off the land and away from this corrupt life I am in I also live in Kentucky I have always wanted to just go out into the wilderness and get away from all this fake stuff I have two kids that are almost grown so I think now is the right time

      • This is for yanaba the above message please let me know if you live in Kentucky

    • I'm a single middle age man who likes to read. I've thought about living in a wilderness in area where nobody has an air conditioner because it never gets that hot but gets very cold. I would have a house in this here wilderness with no electricity and no plumbing. If I were to go there now, I wouldn't even take anything that needs electricity but I'd take all my books and magazines. The trouble is that I have no money, not a cent and I'd have to hitchhike to get over there which I would if knew I could have such a place as this for absolutely free. If anyone has any helpful info, I'd appreciate it. Write Single Man 608 E Lufkin Avenue P.O. Box 1077 Lufkin, TX 75902

    • I don't blame you for wanting to leave the modern world and live simple with no modern content at all. One thing good about that would be chatting with others like yourself who are living out there for the same reasons you are. I would want to avoid the trouble makers and just associate myself with just good hearted people. Good hearted people is one reason for being in the wilderness to start with while avoiding people and stuff that I can't stand.

    • A man of few words as I've been "programmed" to be guarded
      Please feel free to email me and maybe we can help each other

      • Email is
        I'm in Michigan.

    • Hi Yanaba
      I too am Native First American. I watched your video. Very disappointed. You 'sounded' great but watching your vid it was clear to me that you are still searching. Being clean and sober is a part of the lifestyle you were spouting about. You clearly need some spiritual direction in your life. You will find it if you go-without the the drugs, booze and cigarettes...there will be none of things there. They are a part of what is clouding your mind and life. I hope the best for you on your journey. Creator is waiting for you. A'ho my sister.

    • I am also of native ancestry I am a Mohawk from tyendinaga Mohawk territory in Ontario Canada! Ur words pierce into my soul like a swift blade!
      I am behind u 110% I long to know a world where peace n happiness reside!
      I long to live like my long taken ancestors who were before me. They whisper to my soul they beckon me! Live well my friend !
      Do as u feel right n good! I am ur brother from Canada would love to hear back from another skin take good care.
      On'eh ke

    • I also live in ky and looking at the red river area the plan is to go after winter my supply's are little but I've gained a lot of knowledge and experience I'm tired of this rat race and the evil of this world

  41. Hello everyone. I am 17 years old and a female. I plan to leave sometime in february and ill be 18 by then and have some money and some skills by the time im ready to leave. i was thinking Alaska but if anyone has ideas of great mountains to live for free it would be great to know. I would also love to know if anyone has information on where i can find Native American land or tribes. People planning on going to the wilderness in partners also send me a message.

    • I am a native from Canada
      I live at Mohawk tyendinaga territory
      If I can help if be happy too

  42. Hi everyone
    my name is Luke, I'm 24 and live in England. for the past few years I've not been happy with society and the direction it is going in every headline is just more negativity, I'm sick of working 50/60 hours a week just to be able to live and eat. I'm now totally ready to give up everything In this brainwashed world and start a real life with a like minded group. If this sounds like something you would be interested in give me a shout.


    • hey man.. im in the same boat.
      i work so many hours, barely surviving, and with enough money to pay bills.
      i've been contemplating this lifestyle for the longest time.
      i don't want to be involved with "society".
      i don't like the people in it.. and the fabric of "society".

      the only thing stopping me is land.
      i was told you need land to live this lifestyle.
      but that didn't make sense.. since i didn't want to work.. thus had no money for land tax.

      i want to live off the land.. surviving off what Nature provides.

      • Hi send me an email on to talk more

    • Hi Luke,

      I'm also in England. I'm in exactly the same situation. I hate the way the world has become everyone is so self obsessed and become programmed and materialistic. I'm ready to just follow my heart and want to live out in the wild with nature where Ive always felt I belonged. The only problem is I'm a 26 year old woman who has never done anything like this so wpuld be very dangerous by myself. I was hoping to conmect and find people with the same beliefs as me who would want to do this together. Like minded people all building a new life together somewhere far far away! If this is something you also think about please feel free to contact me and anyone else reading this who shares the same desire can also contact me I would love to hear from you.

    • Hi Luke,
      Go and see an astrologer and ask him or her to do your detailed chart. It could be that what you feel at the moment is a passing fancy. But if your birth chart agrees with you moving to Australia, you can always find an interesting remote place to fulfil your dreams.

  43. I am looking to get away from the concrete jungle and live like my native ancestors did. I have done winter camping before and I have basic knowledge of outdoor living. I am serious about moving to the wood. I live in ottawa ontario canada and i am looking for like minded peole near me to share in this challenge. i have a place picked out already with plenty of water and fertile land to grow basic crops. i am ready to leave it all behind. any takers. please email me

    • Hi Terry, I have been wanting to do the same thing for years. I grew up hunting, fishing, and camping in the woods of Wisconsin. My parents would often take me out just to pick eddibles. Berry's, nuts, wild growing fruits and vegetables. The one thing that has blocked my way to happiness is money. Basically, finding someplace and buying the gear to do it. I also don't want to do it alone. I just turned 33 and I want to get away, I'm not happy with civilization and working so hard to barely get by. I know its hard to find a partner you trust. If you are interested in talking more let me know.

      • I'm pleased to hear so many people are considering wilderness living. I recommend you test your equipment and supplies on long weekend trips and make sure you have redundant sources for starting fire etc. Remember one is none two is one in survival. Also find gear that has multiple purposes like steel water containers you can use for cooking and boiling water. I encourage you to look at smaller game and fish for food because large game attracts bear and cougar. Where I live in Oregon I have seen amazing things to include old homestead sites where vegetables still grow in the gardens.

        • So inspiring to have found this site and so many like minded individuals. To save space,time and effort I will just nod in congruence to all above. I am exhausted and done with the proverbial "rat race". As an Oregonian I have a desire to connect with locations in state. I am curious if you are aware of any lands/areas remote and sustainable? Greatly appreciate any and all feedback and or contacts pertaining to this fantastic idea we seem to all share.
          Thank you and respectfully,

      • Hi nicole how are you? i would like to talk with you more about plans and ideas you may have. i have a good plan to do this successfully. i have done winter camping in northern ontario and i have a extensive list of supplies required. feel free to email me at

      • Hi Nicole. I'm interested in talking to you about wilderness living. I'm 35 and live near Chicago. I'm taking permaculture classes this fall and have just gotten hunting license and am learning more about that. My email is:

  44. For any of you under 18 interested in this lifestyle check out the nowhere kids documentary .. & west mesa taos Nm ....

  45. Greetings everyone , im43 Yrs & live in NM . I have lived in the jemez mountians before somthing about the place took well care of me ,im looking to do this again in the taos area and buy a 1/2 acer i have 3,000 and a man and his truck/ 2tents and misc gear there is a incorperated area up there & ofcorse the west mesa i want a mix of technology and primitiveness im good with mechanics grew up in amish country ohio i play keyboard and have a portable that ill power via solar ,soo anyhow would like to have a friend to do this with "female" im easygoing dont drink ,i just want peice of mind 505-274-4816

  46. Am all so wanting to go live in the wilderness is there many people from the UK feel like doing this to. I live on a small island not far from the UK .And iv been thinking about doing this for years.

    • i am seriously thinking of doing this im sick of the life of working my a** of and them paying every penny to bills and the government im thinking of selling everything and going on an adventure maybe not living out doors for life but for as long as i can. dont fancy doing this alone i would be more than happy to do this with other people an starting a little camp and having good banter :)

      email me

      • Email me Steve .plus where do you live

  47. Hey all you guys out there with the same interests as mine. I'm about ready to head out myself to live off the land for some peace and serenity to be where I belong with God's amazing creation of life without life in the fast lane. I was raised in Alaska and have done this before but I'm going this time for good at the age of 33 and excited but would like to have the companionship of others and didn't realize that there was others out there that share this kinda dream as I do. I'd love to hear from you guys out there otherwise good luck and I hope everything works out.

    • Hi,

      I was looking for information on how and what needed to move to the wild and came across this forum, I have been wanting to do this for a very long time but life has always taken me to work and not having the possibility to do as I wished.

      I am woman, I speak 5 languages and work as a Translator interpreter, free lance at the moment, I live in London England and I have been here for the past 11 years, my dream, in fact since I was a teen, is to live out in the wilderness, and have been reading a lot about survival technics, my problem is that I do not drive which is a big handicap for what I want to do but as I am a strong and proactive person, I still work towards reaching my dream.

      I am hoping that I may communicate with other people who have the same dream and see where this takes us.

      May you keep safe and strong.

      Paula :o)

      • hi everyone. My names lee I'm 37 and live in England. I have been looking to leave society and live in the wild for a long while now but only now am I able to do this. I would like to talk to like minded people who would be interested joining together and making some plans. My contact is

  48. I'm getting supplies gathered up presently but as soon as prep is taken care of i'll pack what I need for the trip and head west I think either Washington or Oregon I have some basic locales picked out but am open to suggestions(as in if you live in the NW and know specifics) and am also looking for a few ppl to join me I'll be leaving PA and basically hitching or hopping the whole way and have no predetermined route as of yet so if you want to join up let me know you can join me along the way. My goal is to live in a "low impact" manner as to leave the forest as we found it not live like a bunch of campers throwing garbage everywhere and destroying it. If that sounds right hit me up. pidgeon969 @gmail and we can talk about details

    • Hope I caught you before you set off. I'm currently working a part time job so I can stock up on supplies. I have a lot to contribute and I will be ready to travel in a month. I'm 26 years old and I live in south bend, indiana. If your serious, I would love to join you. Please contact me on Facebook or email me. I rarely check my email though. My Facebook name is Phillip Sinclair and my email is

      • When are you leaving ?

    • When are you leaving ?

  49. Hello my name is Michael and I'm 22 I currently live in Phoenix AZ and was wondering if anyone knew of an area in the southwest, (AZ,CA,Utah, NM, or Colorado) where I could live in the wilderness year round but avoid the snow or as much as possible? I want to avoid snow as much as possible for ease and for crops to be able to survive. National park or forest preferred thanks for your input!

    • Hi, I am a 40 years old female currently living off the grid in eastern Canada,30 min from the US border to Maine on 20 acre wood land in a cottage without convenience. I am in the process to disconnect myself totally and permanently from civilization and society and find a very remote place to live just by the means of nature like native people used to for tausends of years.My final goal is not to use money or any form of technology for my daily survive but to use the nature as my only provider.I have know how about wild edibles,plant technology, preserving food,some survive and bushcraft skills and lots of training to live without convenience which I believe is the key to wilderness living.I am looking for some one who also has the deep desire to disconnect permanently from civilization,money , technology and would like to build a live beyond the forcive way of society and create a live based on real values. I would like to make a deep bond with a other person and together create something real what does not exist in society.Some one with some survive skills and who would feel a joy to give up convenience for freedom.I am also a spiritual person in my own way and would like to live in the wilderness with the highest respect for nature and not harm it but take only what is really needed to survive,not to satisfy my needs.I am very serious about all this and looking for some one who is also serious and wants to disconnect and build a real live beyond society.My e mail is

      • Hello alexandra! I've been preparing for this for a few years I'm nearly ready to leave civilization. I am a healthy, strong 26 year old man, and I have a lot I can contribute to our journey. If your serious about this, please contact me on Facebook or email

      • Hi, I read your post about wanting to live totally free. This is exactly what I am looking for. I am 45 and am ready to live completely off grid. I am an avid hunter and fisherman and trapper but only take what is needed. I can survive and flourish . If you are interested give me a shout. I have the necessary survival skills to survive .

  50. Would like to find someone to chat with about this stuff. I have 27 raw acres and thinking about making the jump.

    hotfuzzfarms @ gmail

    • Hi, Manda, and everyone else following this thread. My name is Shaun and while I've played with the idea of totally abandoning civilization before, even to the point of preparing my buyout kit, I've not done it. Now, however, between the state of the world and my own situation, I feel like the time may be at hand. I don't expect to be on the road till September, but in the intervening time I will be modifying my bike for baggage, building a trailer, and maximizing (and minimizing) my belongings. My eye is set on the southern coastal region of Oregon, though northern California would do as well.

      I have studied (and practiced) traditional and primitive technologies and techniques since I was in Boy Scouts, and though I've never had to use them in an actual survival setting I am fully confident in my skills. Beyond primitive living, though, my specialty is all things related to plants: foraging (edible and poisonous ID), utility (what to use for cordage, or making fire, or weaving a basket/fishtrap), herbal medicine, and many subjects besides.

      I would be glad to share my knowledge to whatever extent posible, and i am also interested in exploring the possibility of joining a group. I am 42, a shamanic Wiccan, and politically left-of-center. I will be bringing one dog, finding a good home for the order one so she can live her final days in comfort. I'd also apreciate whatever hints, suggestions and warnings those with more experience might have to share, particularly in regards to disappearing into state or federal wildernesses.

      Seeing so many people talking about abandoning civilization does reassure me a bit. It suggests that, extreme though it my be, my response to the state of the world maybe isn't so unreasonable. Well, best luck to us all.

      • Hey Shaun ,

        My name is rick dodorico , as well I'm looking forward to disappearing from society , as it is no longer enjoyable , to live that lifestyle , I have always been in the outdoors growing up , some very remote locations , I enjoy that with all of my heart and soul ..... It's where I belong , let's get er going and get outta dodge lol , anyway , if your very serious then email me at . Thanks , your all inspirations the the human race ! : )

    • Where is your property and when are you thinking about this? I am in Orlando Florida and an ready now. Any takers. Text me @ 352-342-3431.

    • Mandi,
      Please contact me this is what I have been looking and hoping for. I want to be a part of something that means something. I have the skillset to be a vital part of living off grid and making it a way to live. It's hard but that's what makes it worth it. This is a serious plan that I want to follow thru with. I won't babble on but PLEASE CONTACT ME.


    • I'm looking for a female partner to live this lifestyle with. I wanna live off the land in the wilderness. To avoid loneliness, I'm seeking a female partner. I'm a great guy wanting to pursue a dream. Also looking for land or suggestions? Woman please email at and we can text.

    • Hey there ,

      I am in prep stage planning for next spring to make my move. carpenter, residential tradesman with wife and two daughters , little boy on the way . i have tools, hunting and trapping gear ,fishing gear, SEEDS i have all kinds of seeds we have successfully been growing and harvesting every year. Green beans, potatoes,several peppers, tomato, cucumber, squash.... Pretty much all we have needed. I am still working and spending free time raising the kids and cabbage lol. We lived last summer some what off gridding it , in our pop up trailer. We traveled to mn i worked, we then headed to nc to see old friends, then to mi upper peninsula. Had a wonderful experience, and regretted ending it. But in all honesty we wweren't prepared, and the knowledge we gained from the small scale venture is priceless. Im open to Suggestions and we are pretty laid back, not really religious. have no problem with hard work , and depending how far out your place is , could easily find work to cover taxes and such , as with owning land you cant escape.

      Let me know what you think, good luck friend

      • Come to jemez mountians in nm take forest rd 10 theresa fresh spring and only one forest marshel for the entire santa fe forest system i contacted local churches and had staples deliverd to the trail end ,i want to do this again soo badly ,i have a wad of cash now and plan on making a hot bed for the winter hell ya stop paying the man everyone !!! National forests

    • Hi manda. If your looking to share your land, I would love to help you. I'm intelligent, strong, and I have a lot of equipment to help make our experience easier. I'm 26 and I live in indiana. If you would like me to join you, please contact me on Facebook or email.

  51. Hi im trevor and i have been planning for years now to leave. and not just dream about it either ive had my stuff packed for quite a while now but i dont want to do it alone. i plan to go buy a small amount of land in alaska and live out there perminantly. i have practiced survival and bushcraft my most of life so im not freshmeat , i live in florida now im 19 just finished my schooling. if anyone is interested please email me at

  52. Hi everyone. Im Alex, 29 years old. IN NEED OF PARTNER! Like the rest of you folks, I too am looking to live off the land. It is going on the END of MAY 2015. Three straight years I have had plans to go with someone and three straight years ive been stood up. I was raised in the south and live in the south currently. I have three years, (winters included) in MI, so I am aware of the cold. Out of 10, my hunting skills are a SOLID 9. Trapping is a 4 of 10. Fishing is 9 of 10. Decent at construction. Im not some keyboard cowboy looking to go into the woods and die 3 weeks into my new life. I NEED A PARTNER! There are SOO many positives to a partner that they definitly out weigh the negatives! Im a HARD working man... VERY good with firearms. I had a partner for this year too, who for the second straight year, coped out. He finally admitted he cant handle the idea of being hungry, cold, alone and likely scared. Yes, this WILL happen. I did 5 weeks in the Bob Marshall wilderness in Idaho in Nov., that was Idaho in Nov, so AK in Janurary will be no picnic. UNLESS we prepare. I knew I couldnt set permanent snares, fish holds, etc in the marshall. SO IF YOU PLAN TO LEAVE NO LATER THAN JULY 1st, NO LATER, EMAIL ME. PLEASE dont just be a dreamer... If you dont have a hunting rifle in your closet and a sleeping bag, lol, dont email me. NO DREAMERS.

  53. I posted on here two months ago. My name is Markez and I am a bible believing Christian who is going off the grid I am 19 and I have many skills and a sharp mind. If you are Christian Any Age, Any Sex, Anyone who is a Christian and wants to travel the World can contact me Via Email @

    I plan on living within the Month!

    • I would love to take you up on this .. Email me Wildmanliving @ g mail . Com

  54. Hi! I'm looking for a somewhat safe country, with a lot of livable wilderness area(s), that I could move to relatively easy. It seems like a huge (and long-lasting) deal to move to alot of the countries I've looked at, and It also seems like it would be hard to legally live in the wild in many countries, especially if you're an immigrant.

    I've not yet decided exactly how I would live in the wild, it depends on where I end up.

    I'm a European citizen, however there is sadly almost no wilderness left in Europe, and none where I live.

    I'm looking around for other locations.

    Does anyone here have any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Western Canada , Near the Rocky Mountains , good hunting and fishing, beautiful scenery, and lots of straight logs in the right places .

      • Hi. Thank you for the tip. How harsh is the winters there? (I know you can find information about it online, but I think it's always better to ask a person that have experienced the climate, rather than looking at som digits. Are you planning on or have you already been living in the wild?

        Lately when I've been looking at places remote, yet habitable enough, I've been thinking about Canada, Alaska and The Amazon.


  55. Hey y'all. My name is Steven. I'm from Cali. So.Cal to be exact.

    Everyone here seems to be interested in the deep woods, which I am as well, but I was wondering if anyone was interested in the desert? I would really like to see if I couldn't get a group of people willing to do it in the desert. It's nowhere near as cold (I've already done a month in Slab City), and although water and food are more scarce the only other real issue dangerwise is rattlesnakes, which can also be found in the woods along with bears and mountain lions among many other things. I wish to use old tools such as knives, bows and arrows etc. to be able to live life. There are a few Native American and Forest reservations around here as well, if that's a possibility.

    Anyways... this blog has made me feel far less crazy now... so my email is Feel free to hit me up... if your serious. What my plan is to do, is to stack some money just in case, take some desert survival classes (as the desert can be kind, but also harsh), research, research, research and go. Shoot me an email if you want to.

    May 13, 2015

    • Remember also that the biggest killer in the desert is actually flash floods. Sounds weird I know but they come at you FAST and seemingly out of nowhere because they can rush down from storms far away you weren't even aware of. But deserts offer a beauty rarely seen elsewhere. Be safe and good luck.

    • I love the desert and solo hike and camp there almost every weekend. I know where there are plenty of good water sources--even in the driest of Summers.

      I have been taking courses every week and studying and learning. I am hoping to be ready to go Spring 2016 or 2017 at the latest. Send me an email if you're still interested

  56. I'm surprised there are so many people that think like I do but I'm thinking more of loading a backpack and going to New Zealand and living off the wilderness. Can I do that as long as I have a passport?

    • Hi! I'm probably going to New Zealand at the end of this year. I think, as long as you're not a citizen or have a job in NZ etc, you're not allowed to be in the country for more than 3 months at a time. I'm not certain though.

      • I like your idea.. However, I think what you want to do is hard if you aren't a citizen. I suppose you could move to the country, work there, eventually become a citizen, and then go on with your dream. I'm not sure about the potetial legal issues with it though. I think it's always legal to hunt possum in NZ, if you're okay with eating that.
        I'd like to hear more about HOW you want to live in the wild. How would you find water, how would you find food, how would you start fires (if you're going to be dependent on them) would you make a shelter/shelters and what island would you be living on?

        I would ideally want to live in a temperete or (sub)tropical climate wilderness. Living on a tropical island would be nice. I guess you'd have to buy an island to be able to though, and that'd be really expensive (I think). What I think I'll end up doing is move to a country with a hot enough climate so I don't have to worry about cold weather, and there I'd build a cabin, sow my own crops, have some hens for eggs and gather wild edibles to eat. Still, to do this I would probably have to buy some land so I'd probably not be able to live completely outside the society.

        But yeah, ideally I want to live a hunting & gathering lifestyle in a deep wilderness area or a tropical Island full of coconut palm trees ^v^.

        As I said in my previous post: I'm probably going to New Zealand and Australia + Tasmania at the end of this year. I'll be backpacking around. I'm going there to see the nature, and not to party, drink alcohol, bungyjump and so on.

        Please do right me if I'm wrong, and share your tips on countries where lifestyles like these would be possible, thoughts and ideas etc.

        Good luck.

        • I am in the process of going off grid and moving into a colonial cabin with a small patch of land in the Tararua Ranges. There is no electric and water comes off the mountain. Cooking is on a fire. I am interested in speaking to others doing the same. Here's a link to the house that I found and bought on YouTube...

          I have rebulit the first room in the video using rusted iron, reclaimed wood and sheeps wool as insulation and it no longer leaks.

          There is good hunting in the area (wild boar, red deer, possums, rabbits etc) but I am vegetarian so that's not a big help to me food wise. I have spent the least year taking the house back to its original colonial glory and getting it waterproof.

          If any of you guys make it to NZ come say hi!

  57. Hello all. I am a 23 year old woman who is interested in leaving society behind me to begin my adventure in the wild living freely. I would rate my survival skills as moderate. I grew up hunting, fishing, and camping in the midwest. I am a very quick learner and am interested in setting out the first week of June. I have most of the gear I would need already purchased and just trying to finalize the research about what region I want to set up camp. However, I know that it will be quite lonely so if anyone that is already set up and looking for company, or planning to leave at a similar time this year shoot me an email so we can discuss plans. I am currently in Minnesota and open to really any area or situation that holds potential. please only email me with serious inquires.

    • Just thought i would wish you good luck. Myself i am heading for Oklahoma national forest on the 28th of this month. I know you said you were leaving in june but if you would like your are more than welcome to come along i know it is short notice. But thought i would send the invite. Happy trails

    • It's nice to see a young woman enthused about such things. I'm thinking of the Brooks Range of Alaska. I have a van to camp in along the way. I really can't wait.

      • Hey Jason, we have a similiar area in mind. Shoot me an email at I like the rest of you folks, have worked hard to get to a point in life to finally make the transition. I have gear, a drive, great hunting skills and fishing skills. Ok in carpentry, lacking in a partner!!! I have a TON of research done. Alaska or Yukon, just need a partner to ACTUALLY follow thru and help me decide. Two people has more advantages than one.

    • Hi, hey, hello... are you still leaving civilization???.. I am a young male (22) from Virginia who loves the great outdoors and am thinking about heading for the mountains sometime soon... Seeking a potential companion or two to acompany me through this spiritual and purifiying journey ahead.... Society is polluted by brainwashed sheep who rely heavily on technology and other artificial distraction's for survival and happiness...
      I am disappointed with the way this world has unfolded and feel a strong pull toward unlocking life's beauty and oneness... Love= eternal energy... hmu if you think you might want to join or want ta know anything more about me and my direction or plans

      • I have been contemplating Leaving society behind for some time now, I truly feel that the wilderness is calling Me. My name is Anthony, I'm 29 years old, I am Cherokee Indian, and Italian. I am seriously wanting to find a partner to take this leap with into nature. I have some skill In living in the wild as a kid I used to go camping, hunting, fishing, and hiking with my adopted grandfather who taught me a lot on how to live off the earth! I am just so tired of the everyday hustle and bustle of society. They say that America is the land of the free but I truly don't feel free to enjoy life. Working just to pay bills that never stop coming in and only increase time and time again. The government control is ever increasing. Just a lot of reasons to leave society and never turn back. I want to be free live free and create a natural self seficent society setting with a few like minded individuals I encounter along the but I do know that living free may mean living alone and it may be a welcoming idea after a few years but in the beginning I definitely would like to start my journey with someone that shares the same passion to leave society behind as I have. My plan is to start off by hiking the Appilation Trail starting in Maryland hiking up to main then either hike and live alongside the AT working My way back down the AT just for the sake of completing the trail. Then hiking back up to Main again for the last time. And then setting out for the unincorporated wilderness in northern Maine. To settle somewhere or just keep pushing on into Canada or Alaska. The AT hike will not only prepare me for the wild but also allow me to truly enjoy the United States like I have never before. Then once the AT trip has been complete in approximately 15 Months. The journey will continue on finding some where off the grid to settle or maybe move further. Just depends where the wild takes
        If your interested let me know
        Sincerely Anthony

    • I would like to take you up on your offer. My name is barnard and have the same thoughts on society. Just want the simple or should I say purposeful military trained and have skills in survival..let me know something. This is not a joke but real talk. .contact me at

  58. Well crap.... I posted here Feb 9th, looking to pull this living in the woods off this year. Unfortunately, I ended up in a major crash in Alabama on April 2nd, while driving truck. So right now, I'm on leave from work with lower leg injuries, and a cat scan coming up soon to check for brain injuries due to nearly being thrown over the back of my seat of my truck.
    (Glad I had seatbelt on).

    So, hopefully, I can get this stuff pulled together and get out there next year.

    Good luck to those who are out there, and happy planning for those planning on it.

  59. PPS ive put a lot of thought in this idea and have lots of different ideas and im sure you have put some thought in living in the wilderness even if its just for a short time, why else would you be on this page reading this one thing i know for sure i want a group of 10 more people than what we already have, just 5. all i need to know is we will have a number of people that will want to permanently live in the wilderness And probably an even bigger number that want to do it temporarily which is just fine by me strength in numbers as long as they are not trying to free load maybe we could split in two groups that work towards different goals but live together in my eyes that's just fine if you want to live in the wilderness and focus on basic survival rather then development that's fine by me

  60. Hi everyone,
    I lived thru the winter in n. Idaho in the mountains and still living the life. I am in search of a companion to join me being alone is nice but would like to experience with another person. would like a possible female companion to join me. I can say it is not an easy life but it is satisfying you can contact me ill have internet access for the next 2 days at

    • I am also heading out that direction. I will leave the East and head West to the Mountains. I am strong in wilderness skills and need to make the leap, once out there I will know what to do. If anyone is interested please let me know. I will spend the Summer and Fall and if all goes well the winter.Two or three people would be ideal but I am doubtful that I will find another person. If interested or would like to chat, please send me an email

  61. Hello everyone.

    so in 9 days I turn 16... I am sick and tired of modern society. I have good skills, I'm very good with a bow, rifle and generally firearms, I go camping a lot practicing bushcraft and other survival skills. I live in Canada and am looking for a group of people 5+ anywhere in Canada who'd be wanting to start planning now. I plan on getting my PAL and RPAL right when I turn 18 and buying a rifle and revolver for survival. I want to take a backpack worth of gear into the bush with a group of people and take off sometime when I'm 18 but WANNA start planning now, I'm 6 Feet, 155lbs and in good shape. but yes if you are In Canada or can come here... I wanna start planning now, leave around 2017 no later then 2018. I am extremely serious, email me at - -

    God bless and good luck to everyone

    • Say bro hit me up so we can talk

    • i'm ready to do this... i want to move to a place where no one willl bother me, should i bring supplies because i've never done this before and i need to learn? any suggestions are helpful even if negative.

      • email me at

    • Hello I am inretested in that also I am turning 16 in 2 days I want to hunt and trap either in. Canada or Alaska unfortunately I lI've in Michigan I trap and am good with guns I also am very good at building stuff email Me at I already sent you out a email but I am so excited that I sent this to make sure

  62. Paul I have been planning a trip to the northwest-canadian border to build my own cabin and to live the simple life that was once promised to earlier Americans that were tired of the world and wars. I have been making preparations and plan to head out at the end of May since the trees peel with ease up there in the first part of June. I am currently in the south and am looking forward to going home. Survival in the bush is what we did growing up and now that I am approaching my 40s, I can't see any other way to live any more. Feel free to contact me soon. (318) 290-8875 or at

    • My husband and I just bought 10 acres and are doing the same thing. In one week we will be living from a tent prepping our land and building our cabin. We are very exited and have waited years to do this.

      • Just remember, the bark peels easier once the tree is going through it's spring time rejuvenation and need a good two months to dry prior to construction. Once the wood is dried, the weight change in the wood will be like night and day.

      • HELLO I'm jeff an I am 20 I know this is really random but if you and your husband would be willing to sign over a VERY small portion of that land to me not much at all maybe like 0.01 (400 square meter(20 by 20) at the corner edge of your land (preferred in the forest ) I could help build your cabin. and if you wish after the construction I would stay off your land. This offer is open to basically anyone reading this depending on where it is.


        if you know a farmer that needs help or anything like that I could work for land. I am a quick learner and a hard worker. But I want to legally own the land I would work for(just in case I wouldn't want to be ripped off.)
        just email me with a general location and a phone number maybe we could me a deal. email me at

        • Jeff, most places do not allow sales of property in that size.. a lot of areas are zone required to be so large. Your best bet would be to do a 99/death lease on the property. Basically yours, but less laws on it

      • Hey Sheri - sounds exctiing. I am looking at making a documentary about people doing this and following them over say a year. not a reality show but a good simple documentary style.

        Can we talk some more? My email is

  63. This is mine second post I really want to move at the city if anyone can help I be willing to travel I'm from Texas I love to fish and hunt I learn how to build snare traps I'm learning how to track animals I was raise in Mexico so i learned how to farm fruit and animals I would love to travel with a group so I can learned more hit me up on Facebook (rodrigo Antonio Duran jr)

    • Hey Rodrigo, I'd definitely be interested in a group sort of traveling, don't have much experience but and rather strong and handy. Hit me up

      • I know lots about survival im currently researching construction and first aid, I live in Canada but I have dual citizenship I might jump straight into the wilderness but ive also been thinking of buying some remote land way out in the middle of nowhere just so I can settle down and not have to worry about building a cabin and getting kicked of the land I built it on.
        the thing is I would need to get to know the people before meeting in person. via Skype. normally I would just accept a phone call to meet new people in my area but this is not in my area. I can read people and Skype is the safer way to go email me at

  64. Hey guys i'am 22 years old and I really want to bond with Mother Nature in texas and get away from the city I learn how make traps and snare I love to hunt with my bow but I know any more experience but I am really want to learn from other people that live in the forest pleased hit me up on my Facebook ( rodrigo Antonio Duran jr )

  65. Hi
    I am in Eastern Texas. Nice to find so many like minded folks. I have a good career and comfortable life but have an empty spot inside. I am tired of what's going on in the world today. I grew up on a farm and have been an avid outdoorsman all my life. I prep and practice although I am not overly paranoid about things thanks to my faith I enjoy doing those things. I hunt, fish and stay in the woods quite a bit. I long to make that my life but as others have mentioned being out there alone isn't something I would want long term. Humans are social beings. We need to be able to share our experiences. That's what I am looking forward to anyway.
    42 years old and in the prime of my life. I feel like I'm wasting it at the moment.

    • Kent,
      . Sounds like you might be a good match for the small party of people we are gathering for a mini self sufficient community on a piece of remote land. I would be interested in taking with you as soon as possible and I ask that you contact me via email or by cell phone. My email address is and my number is (530)-318-7405. Please get in touch with me as soon as you can. Hope to hear from you.


      • count me in.. us marine and love the life. also i have no kids or wife so im hoping for something semi permanent

        • email me at 03/09/2015

      • What part of the country?

        • Kent and Brad, if you guys might be interested in this then I ask that you contact me directly by phone at (530)-318-7405 so that I can explain in detail what we are doing. Too much to tell and so it would be easier if we talk on the phone. Hope to hear from both of you guys.


      • I would love to know more about your community and i am open to any and all questions you may have.

      • Same here, been reading alot of posts and getting a small community of people together to do likeminded things would be great. My gear is ready to bush test the best. I have a valid passport / drivers lic all my papers to get into
        Canada if this is going to be the place or even Alaska. Any place but the USA
        sorry but for me it's time to bug out of this country. Tired of our freedoms / equality constantly being fought over in a Supreme Court of Law continously. I am 55 yrs young and time for a new permanent change in life. Not looking back or coming back. It's just a matter of getting serious trustworthy individuals to meet somewhere just this side of the Canadian border with your clearance papers and go from their. Sincerely Scott Fici

        • hey guys I know this post is a few weeks old I hope I didn't miss you! me and a friend of mine grew up doing what yall want to do and we are looking to get back out there! we are emt certified so we could really help if someone needs medical attention, he is state certified and I am holistic and natural in my studies, which include bulding a fully functional greenhouse that will grow year round anywhere I want. He went threw the ALERT academy in texas and we both have extensive knowledge of survival, and we are both trained in most forms of combat. we are already packed and ready to go because we live in California and want to get out of here as soon as we can and get back to the real life. please email me at if you guys are still serious about this

      • Paul,
        My name is barnard coleman and have been preparing to go to the wilderness to live the good life. It might be hard but it has a purpose. If ya'll are still interested in having another addition to your community then I would like to join. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon

        Barnard Coleman

  66. Really interesting finding these post. We are a middle aged couple that have been contemplating this exact thing for some time and have recently been looking for a way to make it happen. We've been thinking and planning for years but now looking to make that move. One of the concerns we have is the ability to get things done all on our own and not having any type of support system, so it was exciting to see others who share common goals and also looking for others for at least small communities. We've been looking at land, trying to find something we could afford.

    We feel like we've been living in the wrong time for a quite a while. We live rural now but its become not enough. We want to live more free and even more self sufficient.

    We spend most weekends now out in the woods camping and bushcrafting. We've started simplifying our lives more and more everyday. We carve and use our own built wooden utensils and cook over an open fire most of the time. We are moving off-grid now except for the fridge, hot water heater and washing maching. Hope to leave all that behind as well buts its hard in the modern world where we have to look nice and smell good for work, lol.

    I come from a background where my father moved us to a rural farm from the big city when I was in the second grade. He didn't buy a tractor, he bought a mule and plows. We raised most all of our own food. Our house was unfinished for years as we built it ourselves as money allowed. We raised, slaughtered, cured our own meats. Yup I really did milk the cow every morning before the school bus showed up. Saturday nights we set around the TV and watched HeeHaw while making butter, cheese and etc... Hog killing time meant soap making time as well.

    We tanned hides and made things we needed, not things we wanted. Even worked in a fur house during the winter while in school.

    Yup we did everything the "good o'le days" ways.

    I hated that stuff so much as a kid, now we have gone as far back to all that as we can. We'd rather set around in the woods at the campsite making bushcrafting furniture, weaving baskets and the such than anything else. We farm a good bit of our own food now, hunt and fish for even more.

    Anyways, we are seeking to go as far as we can back to basics and live a free life. Avoid the rat race and live as close to nature as we can. Its not an easy life or being a bum as most of modern society sees a person who chooses to live this way but we feel it will be the most rewarding. I don't want to get old and die one day and missed out hoping we'd get this opportunity later on down the road.

    Now that we know it might be possible, we too are looking for a few dependable people to partner up with and make a dream like this possible. Having a support system will make the tough times go better and there will be tough times.

    Lots to mull over, worst thing is to get paired up with others who don't see things your way or have personality flaws that are not conducive to this environment. We were looking to make this happen for us within the next year but perhaps it could happen earlier if we were not totally on our own.

    As far as folks, well my wife and I don't have a lot of conditions. Be honest, fair, dependable and caring to at least some extent. We don't care if you are male/female, straight/gay black/white/purple purty/ugly. Just don't hurt people or do wrong to others. We like diversity and can enjoy the company of a Christian, Buddhist, Atheist or Wiccan and others all the same. We don't put conditions or judgment on people nor do we want any put on us.

    If interested is seeing if we're compatible to build a small community of like minded people "living free" then give us a shout. Even if you aren't we'd enjoy hearing your experiences. If you are looking for others to join you, let us know about yourself and the situation you either have or seek to create. We can be reached at livingfreecouple at gmail.

    • I am looking for the same as you. Have felt this way for along time. I am ex military and have been brought up in the rural areas so my skill set is diversified. If you are still interested please contact me, i am wanting to go back to the mountains to have a purpose. Please contact me at or call 865 201 6445. Looking forward to hearing from you soon

  67. I'm looking for several people who want to live off grid as a small mini community. 6 to 12 people would be ideal. I have found some nice land at a very affordable price with a low down payment and very low monthly payments. For those who would wish to get involved with this undertaking would pool our resources and money together and the founding members would own the land jointly.
    . I have been planning and prepping this idea for quite a few years now. I have purchased just about all gear and equipment that would be needed and required to make this land productive and comfortable with the exception of gear for individual people.
    . If you are interested in this and would like to learn more please contact me by phone or email at (530)-318-7405 or at

    • My name is Gary Harbin I am interested in your plans for living off the grid. I've been dreaming of doing this for years. I am an avid hunter proficiant with a bow and rifle. I would love to hear more about what you have in mind. You can call me at 432-894-4802 or by email.
      Thank you
      Gary Harbin

    • Hi =)
      With no work here in upstate New York, I have been planning on living in the bush myself. I do have camping gear & xtra stuff that I know I can hump into the bush.
      In 2013 I spent 8 mo's on a commercial fishing vessel out on the bering sea and in 2014 was in larson bay Alaska at a cannery. I don't drug or drink and quit smoking over 2 yrs ago. I am 55 yrs of age, married and divorced 3x's and have no kids. I stand 5'6" and weigh in at most 170 dressed. I would leave a phone number but the number here is not mine to give out. I also have a portable 40lb wood stove. One way or another I plan on living in the bush soon. Contact me at
      my name is Scott Fici

    • I would love more details and what state is your land

  68. Hello again folks,
    . My name is Paul, and this is about my 3rd posting on this site. As like all of you, living in a remote location is something that I am trying to get put together. I thought that I found a location in southern Oregon, but it turned out that the land I was invited to stay on was not an ideal situation in my opinion. So once again I am looking for some people who wish to share a great experience.
    . But you have to keep in mind that there are many realities that have to be given a lot of serious thought. NOBODY is going to make it living away from society if these realities are not carefully planned out!!!
    . I am fully geared up and am looking for a couple of people who are interested in living off the grid and under the radar of society and government. If you are interested in doing this then I invite anyone to contact me and talk about this. I can be reached at (530)-318-7405 or by email at

  69. Hello everyone. Just throwing this out there. I'm 20 years old and sick and tired of the life I live . I have a dead end job, no one to leave behind. I'm just sad. I've given it a ton of thought and I want to get back in touch with nature. I was a boy scout all the way up to eagle and then I dropped out . I know the basics of outdoor survival. I just don't want to jump into something this huge by myself. I live in northern Michigan but backpacking across the us isn't a problem for me. I'll go anywhere. If this is something that you're also thinking about doing, drop me an email. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

    • @Casey I am looking to go to the California wilderness at the end of the month email me if you want.

      • Kimberly are you driving? And y the California wilderness? My friend Brian and I plan to leave for Colorado at theend of the month. EEmail me if you feel like changing for Colorado.

      • Hi all, I'm getting ready to leave for the west not sure yet where I want to go I just know it will be the wilderness. I want a place that is populated with feral pigs reason being they are delicious and not illegal to hunt out of or within a particular season. If any are interested shoot me and email
        I'm looking for a like minded person to acompany me into the Wild West! Btw I live in kansas currently

  70. Hey guys, my name's Mike! I'm 23 years old from a larger size town just outside of Philadelphia. I'm looking for a partner or partners to take the journey of a life time with. I've put a solid two years of deep thought into this, and now it's time to make a move. I hope to find someone who also wants to build friendship that's unbreakable.. There's nothing more important in life then to know you have a friend that would honestly do anything for you. If you're 100% serious with no doubts in mind, my plan is to find a nice piece of wild land, build a beastly shelter and live a free life. I've found a few places just off the ap trail in North Carolina, but I'm open to travel if you have a better spot in mind. We all watch documentaries and tv shows and say "I wish I did that".. Well.. Just for once.. Go against that voice in your head putting you down. This will be the most wild adventure.. I'm ready to share my skills and knowledge and build a free life style. Shoot me a text or email any time if you're ready to embark the journey of a lifetime

    - 484-326-8862

  71. Hi, My name is Markez and just like you all i am planning to go off the grid into the wilderness. At first i was iffy about a group but it would be awesome to have a group full of Bible Believing Christians! God has put it on my heart to do street ministry and much more through evangelizing. I am 19 years of age and anyone who is a Christian & has a heart for God can come or go. I have plans but they can be altered just email me and we can talk more

  72. It's good to see so many people wanting to live as mother nature intended us to; wild, free, and simple. I am 34, gay male, but very straight acting. I have worked many jobs in my life, 1st job was a butcher shop for over a year skinning and cutting all kinds of animals. I've served 14 years in the Army, lived in Europe for 4 years, been all over the states, and have grown intensely tired of everyday life, stress, politics, technology, and so much more. I've spent my entire life camping, hunting, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors when I am not working my entire life away, unhappy, paying bills on crap that I don't need. I have a vast amount of knowledge, survival and medical skills, and would have no problem living in the wild on my own. I am a very fit guy, and have been preparing for this time in my life for a couple of years now. The only thing holding me back currently is not having a support system of another person, whether it's male, female, straight, gay, or anything else. I am a very independent person, strong mentally and physically, but I am also caring, love conversation, and just having a friend. Yes, I do have many friends already, but it's a competition of who owns the best car, house, who has kids, amazing job, etc...all of that crap has finally wore me down, and I no longer feel like a human being in society, more like a robot with a daily routine that has no meaning. I bought a house back in 2008 and was instantly terrified of all the taxes that I have to pay on property, local schools, hospital fees, road fees, and it hit me that this life is not what I am suppose to be doing. I served my country long enough and currently work for the Federal Government full time too, but I just can't see myself doing this for much longer. My ideal destination will be the Alaska wilderness, it's where I've always wanted to get since I was a child, I used to have family and friends that lived there, but have since passed away. Not sure if anyone is interested in talking about this more with me, but this will happen one way or another within the coming months. I've pretty much paid off my debts, prepared for what I would need to take with me, and will make the final push soon.

    • Sounds like you are well prepared! Best of luck to you!

  73. Hi all, today is 2/9/2015, and I've noticed a lot of these postings are outdated. So for many of you who said you were heading into the woods, and you have, I hope things are going great for you.

    I am planning this myself come spring time. I have decided to go into the mountains of Virginia, or possibly the Smokey Mountains of N. Carolina, off of the Appalachian Trail.

    If anyone is interested in joining me, drop me a line at

    I am a 44 year old wm, I hiked the Virginia portion of the Appalachian Trail last year. And if you care to join, we can hike the trail until we find an area that we agree is compatible with what we are searching for.

    So if this sounds good, message me.

    Oh, and put WOODS in the header so I'll know what its for, and not spam.

    Thanks and good luck

    • dear wm:
      i am interesting to live mountain which no any body live there.
      right now i live california. i want to find out a good place like mountanin or forest where no body live . i can enjoy my peaceful & quick. i do medication every day.
      my e-mail:
      cellphone: 626-56-2450

  74. Hello, I have been backpacking and camping in All 50 states. I have lived in the Wilderness
    for months at a time.. The one thing that has always brought me back was Loneliness.
    Once in the Wilderness for a few weeks,(if you have the gear , knowledge and self confidence to make it that long ) being lonely will grab you by the horns and shake you night and day if you grew up around people and in a city it will be worse. No one to share time with is just not fun at all.
    To combat that you take someone with you. That is the key, both of you on ALL of the same pages. Easy right? Nope hard, I have been looking for years, but I do not give up looking for someone that has the mind to take off walking to the remote wilderness and never look back. Hit me up

    • My name is Ely. I come back to the world to check on my dying parents. Will be leaving again before June. I do this.I live where no human sounds are but me. This man knows what he speaks. Lonlines is by far the greatest adversary. What's worse is when u become accustomed to it. It changes you. It makes you different. Forever. I hope u find your partner friend.

    • Hello Bryan,

      I'd be interested in talking. I'm a 50 year old strong female interested in living remotely off the land and never looking back.

  75. Has anyone actually gotten together here and tried living out in the wild? I'm interested in trying to live in the wilderness as well. I'm tired of living in society and the way its going I want no part of it anymore. I dont know anything about surviving in the wild, but im willing to learn. I wanna try alone for a bit then with others is my email if you want to contact me. Thanks and good luck!

  76. Hi i'm 21 years old and I too have been thinking about leaving society and live off the land instead. The things is i'm native Canadian but i don't think i have the survival skills yet. I would be interested in collaborating with somebody or a group of people in about a year so this would give me time to save money and learn all that i should need. I'm going to give society one last shot but the reason is to achieve my dream of playing professional football. There's a part of me though that is saying no to this but i think that i could be happy living a life of money and be just as happy living out of society. I think most people are sick of society but why leave it when we could fix it. I'm sure there is a way people can come together and change what we think is good for us. By us i mean people who aren't corrupt by modern day technology and this way of life we currently live. Why pay to live when we could learn to live, AND still have all that we have today. The issue is money, but i still think we could live normal peaceful lives in our homes without it. We don't have to abandon all technology but we should all decide what to keep or abolish. Martin Luther King Jr quote "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." I've also played this game called Final Fantasy X and it is the best example of what we should live by. The story goes by people abandoning "Machina" or machines and living by not having much if any technology or big cities. They still had sports which kept them busy which is why i think it would be perfect for us because we have a lot of em. Here's a link i thought everybody should read . We would all have to come together to make it work and it's very much possible you just have to believe. If anybody would like to contact me email me at

    • I think you would be a perfect fit for The Farm Project. We are just getting started. we are going to be located in the middle of Michigan. Our focus will be sustainable independent living, organic food production, including all tropical fruits and plants. We will accomplish this by constructing a geodesic greenhouse dome. can check us out on Facebook The Farm Project is just starting to grow. we are looking for 12 to 18 original members, or founders, as they will be called. there is a very strong spiritual focus. the primary source of sustainability will be the production of medical cannabis legally under the Michigan Medical Marijuana law. with the construction of a geodesic greenhouse dome we will be able to have 72 to 76 degrees temperature year round! if you are interested please feel free to email me at our website and new email addresses will be coming soon.

  77. Hello, I've dreamed of living in the wilderness for years now, but I am only 15. However, I still want to live this dream, and with someone else. I think it would be great being alone with just a couple of people in the wilderness. We could become friends and survive together. But at the same time I would want to take things seriously because it's not a game. I'm from California, and at this time I'm not sure what area I want to go. Anyways, if you have advice for anything, my email is . Thank you for reading.

    • Hey, I'm 14 and have a desire to live out in the wild too! I thought I was the only younger teenager that wanted this lifestyle. If you want to talk, my Kik is SydneyViola. I would like to talk to you, since you are the first person close to my age that has the same mind set as me.

      • Hey I'm 16, I am thinking the same as you guys. I have an enormous urge to go live in the wild, contact me @wildoffgrid@yahoo.Com might be kind of late but would love to hear from you guys and talk

  78. Hi folks,
    . I just found this blog and I can't believe that there are so many other people out there that think like I do about living wild and away from this messed up society.
    . I am a lifelong camper, hunter, fishermen and woodsman. I have been doing some serious thinking over the past couple of years about putting society behind me and have been making some plans. However, I think that it would be better to have a few people live together who can all share each others strengths and skills.
    I currently live and work here in Montana and am starting to save up some money for things still yet to obtain. If there is anyone out there who is serious about living in the wild amongst a few other people then I invite anyone to email me at and let's talk. I want to make this happen and the sooner the better. Better yet, I'm so serious about this that I'm even going to put my phone number on here and I invite "only the serious" to call me. I can be reached on my cell at 530-318-7405. If for any reason I don't answer please leave a contact number for you and I will get back to you within a couple of hours at most.

    • We are also going to do some living off the land in the state of Oregon. We purchased 10 acres some of it is open, the rest is treed, and all the property is surrounded by the f\Fremont national forest, and the wilnema national forest, and is located 20 miles north of the town of Bly Oregon. We are both 59, and are both on disability, and so we have a permanent income. We are going for quality of life, not quality, I was a hunting and fishing guide for approx. 20 years in Minnesota, and have honed my survival skills over the years. A lot of folks are shedding their city life for wilderness living, and are happy to do so. We are looking forward to getting to our property in Oregon in april of this year, 2015, and starting the second phase of our lives, live free, and just enjoy life. We know there will be a lot of work, but its work filled with gratification. Feel free to contact us or anyone that would enjoy living this way.

      • Hello I am a 49yr male 2grown children on there own now and am sick of the rat race and trying to keep up with the Joneses and the newest gadgets I just want to live and enjoy life I am physically fit and love the outdoors I would love to help you build your society.

      • just browsing,,google searching,,,61 have camped and hiked for years not a hunter need to learn to fish , but being out in the wildernessespecially with others I have a degree in theology have two sons and daughter,,went through a divorce years a go and they disowned me have nothing to love for really,,im married to a horrible hoarder and she told me to pack up and leave because I broke some cheap dishes,,,honestly suicide has bee a hughe thought but I know in my heart that's not right,,,Ive been so miserable in the jobs ive had in my life so I remember how much wonderful time I had hiking the apalachin trail a few years ago,, and the people I met,, I would love to learn from those more cabable than I,, and spen out the rest of my years in happiness im in very good shape,, love people, and love my father in heaven NO im not a religious fanatic,never push anyone to believe anything,,there is nothing like being in the wilderness,, in you fathers home if this doesn't sound too crazy then write back,, im also an airforce veteran.


  79. So this is a little strange I guess but I have a fiance and 2 boys one 4 and one 7. We take our kids hiking camping hunting and fishing and try to teach them to have a true love and appreciation for nature. I decided a year ago to quit my job and stay home with my kids my fiace who is an eagle scout works at a lumber mill and truely hates his job but also takes his job of supporting his family very seriously. Over the past few years weve noticed the way people behave towards eachother more and more somethinghas been lost due to the abundance and convienince of midern technilogy. Something is lost in education and I find more and mire parents wanting to medicate their children because they r too busy to ivest time in them. I want my boys to grow up and be decent honest good men. I do not believe we can do thus effectively in todays society. We have decided to abandon society and civilization and go back to nature. We want to stay in the us and obviously nit be so remote that if something were ti happen to the kuds we couldnt get the help they needed. I would likeany tips or advuce that I can get . Idealy Iid like to find a community of likeminded people. Please feel free to email me at

    • I'm 21 and I've already started to see exactly what you see. Im actually considering this as well.

    • Hello my name is mike I'm from Kentucky I've never actually lived in the woods but I live pretty remote.theres a few small towns but I live 20 miles or more away from them. I get to live both lifes if I want to go to town its not to far to go and at home it's remote but peaceful And plenty of nice people. The towns here are small but have everything u need. Southern and eastern Kentucky are better northern ky it has larger cities

  80. Wishing everyone a happy New year. This blog amazes me. I cannot believe it has taken me this long to find it. Anyhow I grew up in rural south Texas. In a little old ghost town of around 30 people. As a kid I had FREE reign of around 1,000 acres along the Navidad and Colorado River..Really amazing I say free range but the land was owned. To be honest I just hopped the barbed wire. I never meant any harm. Just want to fish the river pockets and hunt for small game. In rural Texas you get your first rifle at around 12 so me and my friends could hand me our own out there. Lol now days I use lanterns when camping but can remember sitting by that river many a night fishing only to the moonlight. By 15 most of us had taken up now fishing and were good at it. We rigged up reels on our bows and could actually eel in our catch. Sometime during the summer we would set out and disappear for days. Parents never worried. We were clever, we caught plenty to eat, with a duck, squirrel, or rabbit, or fish never far way. Me and my buddies even went as far as to fillet a Sun perch and eat it raw right after we caught it just to say we did. Lol we did that with earthworms once too...yep taste just like dirt...but hey we knew at 12 or sothat we didn't need civilization and dreamed of leaving we were tight buds..but time went on and who knows where everyone ended up. As for me I ended up a Paramedic now 30. What a swath of experience has transpired since then. My partner of 8 years took their own life overturning the life we had a few years back. I truly believe that reconnecting with nature is what my soulneeds. A few years back I had a sorta awakening experience within myself that makes me yearn for a reconnection to what is natural. Lol I would like to step of grid for an undererimined amount of time to just live. Damn just the thought gets my blood going. Honestly though, I am not really interested in stepping out alone. It would be awesome to meet a friend or group interested. I am athletic, easy going, not judgemental, compassionate guy who knows his way outdoors. I appear to be very masculine but am actually a gay male. In today's society I understand that is a problem formost but I have accepted myself and the social challenges being born gay puts on a young boy. I have ventured most of my life in search of love only to end up alone so honestly wether your gay or straight you will never know the difference when it comes to me. I am not looking for a hookup in the woods I am looking for a good spirited, open minded Ausinish companion who want to experience and amazing experience along side me. I am so excited and probably ready just about whenever. I know that no matter if we stay out there or just give it a go for awhile it will definetly be an experience we will never forget. I have a herd of skills that I will definetly utilize for our best interest. If you are my travel companion you are my left hand so your safety and well being is as much a priority to me as my own. All I ask I that you have a personality that can be at least a little positive or hopeful. I don't want to judge but negativity and mejust dontvmatch. Hope actually works wonders. I do smoke weed now. Why not. It comes from the earth...come one...Anyhow age, race, gender means nothing to me. If you reply to me I already know your are someone I want to get to know. Oh in case I haven't told you my name is Mikey and I am 30, fit and healthy. A country boy at heart who lives near San Antonio, Tx right now. There is a lot of land here in Texas so it could be a good place to start, but I am open to just about any locations, honestly I think actually experiencing the seasons farther both could be exciting. Anyhow I sure look forward to hearing from like minded individuals...sorry I went on and on. You can reach me anytime by email

    • Hi Mikey! I'm not sure if you would be interested, but we are looking for someone just like you! I will send you a private email as well but I thought I would get you on here too. We are a gay male couple who live off grid in the mountains in British Columbia, Canada. We produce our own power and live in a land co-operative that is very diverse and friendly. This small community was originally established as a lesbian community. That changed when one of it's female members transitioned to a male. We currently have two straight couples with children, two lesbians, and ourselves (a gay male couple) who live in the wilderness, off grid and as much off the land as possible. I hope you would check out our website and see if you think it might be a fit for you! I understand that Canada is quite far from where you are but I thought I'd try anyways. It's rare to find someone like yourself interested in wilderness living, and we are looking for new members here. If you are interested, Troy and I host wwoofers throughout the year. We invite you to take a look at our profile and see if you might want to come and check out the land for a time while helping us out, meeting the community and seeing if you might like to make this place your home.

      • Hi Jason and Troy!

        I'll keep this short and just say that this blog is a dream come true, and I truly felt that I was the only one in the world who felt like this. I think I am exactly what you're looking for, and vice versa! I'm 23 years old, a trans guy, and I want nothing more than to live in the woods/mountains. I'm from Toronto, Ontario and have lived here most of my life. I lived in B.C. when I was younger, and I just remember being in awe of the mountains. I still am to this day. I'm going to send you an email too, but I just thought I'd reach out on here. Talk soon!

        I look forward to connecting with others that share this dream of mine, to go into the wild! My email is

  81. As i will not probably have the chance to do this for years now... i am 15 .. i am quite young (i dont live in the usa) i am just saying some things. Now i have been wanting to live in the wild since 5-6 years . Now as i am a teenager i have been since 2 years ago every weekend taking basic survival stuff . I camp in the forest, i hunt , learn the wild, how to make a proper camp by experience and all... and its my dream to go and live in the wild.. yet i thought that nobody wants to do this.... the society, friends even teachers tell me i am insane.... i actually thought that i was insane . But now i see that there are others which makes me really happy .(Sorry if my english is terrible, i had to teach english to myself)

    • hey mate, if you want to talk more about doing this in the future email me at, im 14 and wouldnt mind venturing out overseas and living with a few people. email me if you are interested

    • Markus,

      I'm guessing you're from somewhere in N. Europe (Germany?) - your English is just fine. About 33 years ago I expressed those same thoughts to someone in Sweden whose views I then respected. I was also told I was crazy and unrealistic, and that I'd grow out of it. I have tried living the traditional (today's) lifestyle, but I find it repressive and mind-numbing. My original opinion has never changed. As someone here noted, I have also said I was born 200 years too late. I wish you all the luck in the world, and don't let anyone talk you out of doing something you set your mind to do!

  82. Howdy everyone,

    Much love and warm wishes. What a wonderful and inspiring forum! I have just turned 26 and have finally hit that point where I'm in need for a real venture into nature. I seek clarity, wisdom, healing, and a stronger connection to my ancestral way of living. In doing so, I hope to achieve a more complete level of being and return with fortitude in knowing what I have been called for. There is much mystery in life and it is time I dive into the wilderness to seek it out.

    I have been doing much learning in the ways of survival and am figuring out how to go about this. What area shall I choose to bring me renewal? Or, Shall I just start walking and figure it out as I go; allowing the wind and stars to guide me? This is the stage I am at.

    Feel free to contact me. As of now, I do not know anyone who is on the same page as I. It'll be nice to hear what others have to say. Maybe someone can share the location of an area for such a journey. This will begin as a solitary experience, but in time I hope to find others who value the same things in life and connect =)

    All the best </--(^)Zzz

  83. hello 35 moderate skills looking on leaving savanna GA in a few months maybe the beginning of spring to go for broke never coming back always thought their was a reason i could not make it in society its because i don't belong in society living by their rules id rather die free alone in the wilderness than be governed by people that label me a failure cause i want submit to their way of life so 2015 is my year

    • It is my year as well buddy!

    • Well Put!!!!

    • I can't tell you how grateful I am to find out I am not alone in my feeling of this world and society. I have dreamed for many years of living of the land leaving behind technology and being a slave to the economic engine. I lived off grid in the Yukon in my early 20's and I have dreamed of going back ever since and I am in my mid 40's. I just don't feel like I want to contribute to all the broken systems. I want to own my life, connect with my origins and be in balance with nature. I live in Canada and it is getting harder to find places you can just wonder off, although not impossible Sometimes I wonder if it would be easier to collaborate. like to purchase a large piece of remote land together and just live the way we want..thoughts anyone? Anyway, thanks for inspiring me all of you and I know that 2015 is the year! PS there are women who would love to live this way! All the best!

      • Hey Lisa,
        I'm in my 50's and very active and healthy. I would rather be in the wild then the city any day.
        I'm looking for one of those women.
        I'm at the point I just want to get away from all the crap.............I have a great head on my shoulders and the skills and knowledge to do it.
        And know I can do it alone, but also know it would be so much sweeter with a companion.
        Good luck in your search......

      • i live in the Yukon and have loved the outdoors all my life. Maybe some of you would like to stop by on the way to alaska or whatever. I cant believe the interest i see in going back to the old ways of life. Blessings on you all.

      • Hi Lisa
        Email me back please. I am in Canada as well. I think we are both on the same page and age.

      • Hey Lisa..........
        I know how you feel.
        That's exactly how I feel.
        I 'm in my 50's and want to get away from the system.
        I'm an Oathkeeper and patriot. But, in the end I think getting away from people is the only way. I'm more at home in the wilderness than the city.
        If any of this sounds interesting
        shoot me an email........oregonokrob at gmail

  84. Hello I am almost 21 years of age and by no later than Spring I will be venturing out to live the dream of creating a homestead from scratch using not even a single penny with the exception of the gear I already have. I have an idea of where I want to post up (Far North Woodlands) and there will be native tribes in that region as well. (from whom I plan on learning much from) I already posses most of the skills and knowledge required to pull this off, for I have been idealizing this for at least half a decade. I never wanted to support such a corrupt system and now I never will. It's time to get back to my roots. Looking for a partner to endure this journey with.

    • Hello,

      I am looking to make this venture into nature. Where would these Far North Woodlands be? I live in Wisconsin. I am planning this also. A partner would be nice.

      • Me as well! 24 now... Been a hockey broadcaster for a few years along with a news guy at a radio station, but see myself as a Shambhala type of guy who is honestly sick of society. In Alberta, from the Okanagan.... hit me up need a partner to split this land with!

    • kyle - please contact me . i am 20 years old and share your very same dream. i have skillsets and tools, as well as money i have been saving for any necessary items.... email me at I am very serious kyle and i am a good person not a kook thats who i would like to get away from.

  85. I posted a comment on here about a week ago asking for advice, nothing offensive at all, and it was removed. I don't understand. This is the one place where someone could have heard me and possibly helped.I also noticed other people's comments were removed as well. Is there a reason? This kinda seems like the wrong place to be making those kind of decisions for other people. Ive read all these comments and 95% of the people have made the decision to leave their life behind because they're tired of people making decisions for them

    • Hi Brandon,

      Comments are very rarely removed, once they've been approved. Comments may not be approved if they're offensive, repetitive, or off-topic.

      However, this site had a bit of data loss in the last several days. We had no choice but to revert to a backup that was created November 30. It's the first time we've ever had to restore from a backup in over 5 years so we still count ourselves lucky. It's a little unfortunate though that the crash happened just before our weekly backup. Just another day and we wouldn't have lost anything. We're going to move to daily backups despite the extra cost.

      Our apologies that your comment was lost.


    • I Agree Brandon!! I Would like to see our own chatroom site, but i dont know how to set one up. That is if anyone else would be intrested??

  86. Hi, I am Jason F. I too have been looking into just walking away from my job and the way the country is going these day's. I am 35 and on 01/01/2015 I plan to walk into the woods, and live free. I have found ^6^ places in the lower 48 and ^9^ in Alaska to do so. I have spent the past 18mo. looking into were and at what time to go. I you would like to know more or even go with, shoot me an email or call me at irish42579 at yahoo or 615-913-2633.

    • Where in Alaska were you thinking about? I've been wanting to do something like this too, and live off the grid.

  87. We "my girlfriend and I " are researching for an off the grid place to live in the montana wilderness. We want to hike In and never look back... But Is It really possible? seems like in the summer here all the mountains rivers and streams come alive with tourists and adventure seekers. For the record. we are not felons or on the run. we are just sick of all the bullshit of society, Not to mention the gov ern ment. If anyone knows an area In Montana that might be suitable please let us know... thank you and good luck!

  88. Just look up the person on the internet before you reply or connect with anyone. I looked someone up and they've got a LOT of jail records. :( Be careful. Jus sayin.

    • I am a relatively young survivalist and it has been my dream to live off the land my entire life I have to say that I am happy to say that so many other share this.

  89. I'm a 46 year old husband and father of three now grown boys, last one just turned 18, and got a job, so he'll be on his way soon. Once this happens, I'm ready. Ready to start over. No job, no car, no bills, no money, no home. My main concern is where. Where can I go, and be left alone to live my own life. No rules, no cops, no government, just wake up, find something to eat, watch nature, no worries. Ahhhhh sounds so good. So tired of working a crappy job, paying cell phone bills, Internet, elec., water, trash pick up, car insurance, just nothing but bills bills bills. All for what, so I can sit on the couch and watch other people live the life I want on the Discovery channel??? It's time man. Live free, feel free, that's what I want.
    Anyone have any advice as to where I could do this? When I do this, it'll be with probably whatever I can carry on my back, I'll probably be basically broke. I'm hoping to be able to save enuff money to get some basic nessacities like, good shoes, back pack, tent, knife, hatchet, sleeping bag, gloves, coat, fire starter and such, oh and aspirin, lol.
    Where? I live in south Louisiana now, wayyy to hot n humid here.
    Would appreciate any advice. Thanx!

    • Hey, so i was reading your comment on this website i noticed i am about half your age but we do share some similar desires. I was just wanting to know how long have you battled with this idea? What is it that makes you want to do this? I am looking for answers to my own questions as well as looking for others that share what I feel. Not many people have the same look on life. Does it have to do with the fact that you have lead what seems to be a successful life and you want to try this as a thing marked off the bucket list? or has it been an on going burning desire for a long time?

    • I think PA is a great state to consider. The weather varies per season so it's not one type of temperature such as hot and cold. Also there are allot of farmers, Amish that live there so it's mostly wilderness not very populated.

      To avoid cops buy a cheap lot or piece of land. I found 1.6 acres for $3k you could own see link below. I even found a lot for $500 on the same site.

      This guy is living off the grid in PA and inviting others to join him on his 6 acres. (NOTE: Lots of people interested so get in line :)
      Write to him maybe he'll contact you. He's 50 yrs old.

      I found these videos worth watching since we need food, water, heat and shelter to survive, these tips will provide just that. :)

      Water from a tree -
      Solar Water -
      Boil Water Bottle:

      Catch squirrels with rat trap:
      Edible plants in PA:

      Fireplace Inside Tent:

      Tee Pee Style:

      I love watching survival videos on Youtube. I'm 47 unemployed looking for work. If I don't find work, I'm going to live in the woods, so I'm preparing myself just in case.

      • Its odd that I have looked for a long time for people like myself and always had questions about the urge to do this but now that i have found others It seems hard for me to think of any. Even though we all want the same thing in the end all of our journeys up to this decision are different. I feel like asking questions is pointless because it doesnt matter its everything after this realization that matters. Good luck sir I hope that you find your answers to the questions you have out there. Its a hard life to choose and most people wouldnt understand our choice they look at it as being lazy or selfish and irresponsible but its everything but that. Its harder than normal life by 1000 fold. but it is the lifestyle we choose. The dream we hold on to. Dont let people talk you out of your dream by telling you its crazy.

      • I'm 41 (male) was a self-employed building contractor for 25 years and just got tired of giving everything I made to the state and gov. Ive been looking for a job for 2 years that you can actually live off of!!!,(that does not exist!!). I grow further away from society ever minute!! My views have always been 100% opposite of All my friends, family, and societies. I NEED OUT!!!
        I Hate To Say This But I Feel Like "The Hunger Games" Where I Am Stuck In This Game and I'm At the Mercy Of The "Greatest Country In The World".

        I Agree! I'm in W. PA and the entire State is Beautiful!! I did see that guys listing, did you contact him?? My Problem is I have Trust issues!..LOL


        I want to send out a special Thanks To James For the Reply! Hang in there Buddy were going to get through this!!

        Ya All Take Care!!

    • Wes- sounds like all the things I say and think about. I ask myself often, where do people go when they are not happy with society and current lifestyles.
      So many people feel the same as I do. I to want to escape to one of the Discovery Channel or Nat Geo shows. So tired of the daily rituals that mean NOTHING. Unfortunately my wife needs a Target within distance. I tell her it's all crap, nothing of value let's go live. So it appears I have a decision to make, but where to go. The last five years have been tough, pretending to 'fit' in and answer all the interview questions with the answers they want to hear for a job I'll hate in 3 months anyway.
      Finding a place where one won't be harassed by park rangers or gov't nannies. Creating items used to barter with other like minded people. Sounds like we were born a few hundred years late.

      • Amen To That! Born 400 years too late more like it!

  90. I'm a 48 yr old retired Marine. I'm in excellent health. I have a ton of survival experiance. I'm a good hunter and fisherman. I can build anything as well. I grew up on a farm in Texas is I can grow things. It has always been my dream to live in the wilderness. I lost my wife a while ago. So now is the time,I'm ready but I don't know where to go. If anyone wants a good partner out there. Please contact me at

  91. I just found this blog and it looks terrific. I am 52 and just received disability. Been living in a home my parents had built 21 yrs ago.They are selling the house and telling me to go.My 18 yr old son wants to live with friends and go to college. So it is me with 2 older cats and 3 turtles. I have wanted to live in a small cabin in the woods for 30 yrs now.I am not good with society and its laws and rules. I used to hunt back in Jersey.I have fished all my life. I love building projects and just being free to breathe. Disability checks will have me homeless.No one can afford to live on 600 a month in florida. I do have some cash saved up and it would go to starting over.Have to stay in the states and have some sort of an address.Other than that I am ready now to gtfo out here.Should have done it years ago. But had to raise the kids basically myself.
    I love every single thing about nature and I am a hard worker for freedom not for the gov.
    I have been looking at Alaska Colorado Wyoming Montana.Of course it will be hard work getting started again and building a cabin.But it is worth it. I can't do it alone. That's the problem. I mean, I could build my own cabin but it would probably take me 2 yrs alone. Lol
    Just looking for some advice and some people who want the same.

    • hello if you have not started your journey yet we need to talk ....just what i am seeking ..thanx

    • I'm in Florida been here 3 years originally from Mississippi where i grew up living off the land.looking to move too Colorado got any info on areas to homestead or cheap land where you can live in a tent.I'm on disability so some income tired of the city life and the hood which is the only place i can afford

    • Hi Susan
      Right now I am in the wilderness on Perry island Alaska . off the grid I am going green right now using two generators to charge battery's but not for very much longer.
      Their is nothing like this life and I am the only one here with a house on this island
      It is built out of log have good hunting and fishing.
      I have been reading lots of these post some areas people would do good off the grid other places you need to endure the bitter winter cold building and shack or a cabin would be good as long as you can heat it all winter and shoot and catch your food.
      Just to get started you will need lots of gear just to build then winter supply's to get you threw spring early summer.
      where I am at was made to go threw the hardest winter due to I have 12 volt freezers 12 volt refrigerator gas and wood stoves and diesel generators to keep all 32 batteries charged.
      Whittier Alaska is only 27 miles away but that is by water
      So you are welcome here just to try it to see even if you like it and no strings attached.

  92. My name is Andrew...looking to ditch the common society and actually live. I dont likethe concept of money to survive. I believe that you decide your future not your wallet. I have rather basic knowledge however im am lax and i am not picky. I am doing research. Live in the crap state of maryland with a mediocre job and no direction in college. Im 20 but free minded. Not exactly fit. 250lbs . i know mother nature will correct that over time. I hope to settle in the wilderness maybe with freinds to. Maybe a little colony lol. Like a half dozen folks together the mts. I dont know, but i wanna ditch society and live free. Looking for advice maybe more informaton. Email me at

    Would like to homestead but legality is complex.

    • Is this Forum Legit??? If so WOW! I'm 41 and it really touches my heart to see so many young people posting on here.
      But the real reason i'm here is to admit that I too have a problem (obsession) with wanting to live off what God gives us not what man allows us to have.

      • man i am the same way and have been all my life

  93. is there anybody on here that is wanting to do this now because by next Tuesday I am traveling across the I90 corridor to go west to my destination if you are serious and wanting to go msg me asap

  94. Hi Everyone ! What a fantastic forum, I currently live in Calgary AB Canada but grew up in Manitoba near Winnipeg. Much of my boyhood was spent fishing, hunting and trapping as my Mom was a single parent with four kids. She was a great Mom and all of us 4 kids earned money in various ways all legally of course.

    I am now 61 yrs old and really not into city living and all that goes with it. My goal is to find a place in the wilderness where I can survive b y living on what I need rather than going after stuff that I want. I want to go in with the basics that I can carry ina large backpack and go from there. I have always admired pioneers, trappers, prospectors and other like minded men and women with a true can do mindset and who were willing to take a chance on being totally self sufficient.

    I have not seen so many people with similar longings and plans all in one site at the same time. I won't do too much planning except as to what I can bring/carry and a general idea of where I want to go. I think a lot of you will understand what I want to do and why without having to listen to the never ending list of why it is impossible. Thanks for being here.

    • I am a 23 year old female that has been considering this way of life for a long time. I am tired of our society and the way that we abuse the planet. Water levels are rising, and our economies are run off of oil, an unsustainable resource. I have well formed ideas about many current and past world issues, and I would rather live and die with mother earth. Living in this society, I refuse to bring human life into it period, because I am concerned that my grandchildren wouldn't see the end of the day, and I wouldn't want to subject them to the things that I have experienced and seen. I am currently enrolled at the top school in my country, with a 4.0 GPA, and I am choosing not to be a part of this rat race. If I ever have human interaction again, it will only be to love and help people. I will be going off of the map soon, and I will do it alone, but it helps me to have a males strength. I have experience living in the wilderness. I would love to collaborate with you and figure something out.
      Please contact me at

      • i am a 27 year old male who is also sick of the way society has become. I have been thinking of liven out in the wild for years now just didn't know how I would get to the state of mind needed to do so. After much consideration becoming more and more upset with the way society is changing into a tech world I have finally made my decision to live how some of my ancestors did. Mother earth will not be available for long and I want to experience her before she is totally destroyed by our current way of life please let me know your thoughts.

      • Hi Janelle ,

        Just wanted to shoot you a quick reply. I think we are both thinking the same thing . If you're like me , you're planning ahead . Have you thought about location ? I grew up in Ohio so the southern Appalachians are good also Ozarks and Olympic Peninsula are good to disappear into .I figure first year will be the hardest . Need to build a small cabin with a root cellar . I have canned food and water for a year but only use this when game and fish aren't an option .Also have my hunting supplies . But most important my best friend Kilo , a man should never go anywhere without his dog . If you would like to talk more on this subject you can reach me here " ".
        Talk to you later

      • I'm headin up into the Chatahoochee national forest here in SC in a few days. Dont know where you're at but I'm gonna be stayin right of the Appalachian trail. Theres already a bunch a people doin the same thing. You'd be more than welcome. Wherever ya are good luck to ya.

      • The death of society will eventually be civilization...

    • My son and I are also planning this way if living. It would be great to have a few people with us. Start our own small community living in the wilderness. This society prevents people to live happily. It's all about money, nothing else. I believe we can make this dream a reality. Please contact me at

      • what part of the country are you in?

  95. 56-year-old man looking to live in the wilderness anybody know any good places to go?

    • I am currently leaving western ny in the next 10 days or sooner if I can get things wrapped up I know where im going I did the research and I chose because of state laws etc if you are wanting to go as soon as possible your welcome to join feel free to contact me at

      • where did you decide was the best place to start our my girlfriend an I are entertaining the idea we are already outdoors people we just want to live by our own rules I just cant seem to find any info on where we should try if you or any one has any info that can help please email me at

        • NorCal has a lot of places that have people living off the land with them. Check out the internet for northern california coast. Good luck.

  96. if anyone is interested I am going to be taking off into the wilderness of Idaho within the next 2 weeks I am going in to trap and live off the land I am in my 40's and if anyone wants to do the same lets talk and figure it out, and if you are a female I am ok with that too. I am going to be looking into getting a couple of horses as well for conveyance because I don't plan on coming out till spring to sell the hides and to re-supply and go back in. after spring supply run I plan on going deeper into the wilderness. I have already go a good multi use rifle shotgun 22 combo so I have multiple uses if you are interested contact me at

    • I am currently in western NY and will be heading across the I90 to my destination and where im headed the roads are snowed in for part of the year which is way cool for me so if anyone is interested my email is this is going to be truly off the grid wilderness living. So if you contact me be serious and ready to go

  97. This is amazing seeing this many ppl that want to just leave it all behind and go back to the way things were. I have thought about doing this for a long time but have never had the money to even consider it. I know a little about surviving outdoors but i'm not a professional by any means. I just wanna learn as i go, and enjoy life. I'm 25 and live in Ky. I have tattoos and piercings and it seems that i just don't fit in with "society" anymore. I'm tired of being frowned upon or turned down for jobs just from appearance. My main problem is i just don't know where to even start. If your anywhere close and considering this as well let me know. I would love to find a person or group of people that would wanna get outta here and start our own paradise in the middle of nowhere. I'm 100% serious and can make plans asap, so if your interested, just contact me!

    • Hello Alex, I live in southern Indiana and been wanting to live in the wild for years. I am 22 and have a lot of experience being outdoors, if u want to set something up message me at

  98. In the same position as a lot of folks here. I'm 25, ex-military combat medic. I have medical knowledge and was raised a hunter/woodsman in the Idaho wilderness. Every year our family would go out to live out of tents for a month while tracking and hunting large game. I've been saving up to get the necessary equipment, tools, seeds and other items to make this happen. If anyone else out there is serious about this, please e-mail: I can no longer tolerate this society. I would much rather combat physical challenges than those presented by a society controlled by a select few. You'd just as easily die from a cougar or wound in the wild as you would from a car accident or a murder. So why not choose the one that brings more spiritual freedom? Get back to the basics of being a human? Just my take on it.
    A short disclaimer: I will be bringing a .243 hunting rifle as an emergency item. Sometimes bear spray doesn't work. Sometimes you just need an easy way to get meat.

    • where abouts are you looking to take off into the wilderness

      • Been looking into northern Idaho, Alaska, BC, (still an idea, lots of illegalities with this one) Rockies in Colorado. Pretty much a good remote area that has a source of water (lake, AND river/creek) that is also abundant in fish due to lack of human occupation. There also needs to be good wood in the area for building a log cabin, so somewhere thick with fir, white/red pine, spruce, western red cedar, etc.

        • when are you thinking of actually taking off into the wilderness. and by your things you were talking of taking in how are you thinking of bringing in all the supplies? feel free to contact me at the Idaho area sounds good to me

        • i am young and some might say a dreamer but i can't take the society we live in. overpopulation is killing our planet and over consumption is eventually going to run us dry. I'm currently going to school for environmental science and have been looking into packing my stuff and heading for the forest. I'm not a high maintenance person and don't need much to be happy. i spend a lot of my time in national parks and in the forest. i live in northern illinois in what you can call suburbia and quite honestly I've had enough. i want to live off the land and get away from it all for a while, a long while. i love nature. i just don't know where to start, i don't know the legalities and where to go. i was hoping somewhere in colorado. it wouldn't be till after i graduate, for personal accomplishment only. i need some help, i want to be able to go into the wilderness and settle down, build a cabin and live off the land, I'm just not sure where to start or where to go. we are constantly tearing down beautiful trees and clearing natural habitats full of life. humans are selfish and the only way for this planet to survive is if all humans disappear. its sad to think about and virtually out of my control but what i can control is what i consume as a single person. i want to take only what i need and let nature be nature. i want to be a part of nature. if anyone could help guide me, i would greatly appreciate it.

        • my email is please feel free to contact me if anyone has any helpful information for me. i could really use some guidance. I'm only 20 y/o but 20 years in suburbia has been plenty for me.

  99. Is there anyone totally serious about going out and living off the land? I am 49 yrs old I have went thru some real tragedies since 2007 I went back to school got a job and because the company decided to spend millions on taking out a space between to words I ended up getting laid off only to try to apply elsewhere only to be told that my degree I got is not considered a legitimate degree. I am tied of fighting trying to get by in a society that only believes that money is the ultimate issue. I spent time in the marines only to be thanked by my service to our country that I am insignificant to others. If there Is anyone serious about this and is wanting to do this asap get in touch with me. I currently live in western ny and want to get the hell out of dodge. msg me at a female would be the ultimate but but I don't think that would happen msg me I am totally serious and want to do this asap

    • I'm serious, but I don't know if anyone would want me. I'm 58 yrs. old and not in great physical condition. But I've been a camper and backpacker. Lately I've been homesteading on 10 acres living in a great log cabin. But my ex retired at 55 yrs. old and reneged on the alimony. So it looks like I'm going to lose my lovely place because I can't get a job. I was a stay-at-home wife and mother and have virtually no work history. So I'm looking at homelessness. I'd rather die in the woods than live on my knees in a shelter or depend on the gov. I was a linguist in the USAF for 6 years in the '80's. I've raised chickens, planted and canned veggies, planted young fruit trees, cut and split my own firewood, hunted game and foraged for wild edibles. In spite of my physical limitations, I'm like the ant and rubber tree plant, determined. I have moderate survival skills. I also have quite a bit of gear. Anybody think they might be interested in what I can contribute? Or, alternately, if someone has the income, do they want to share my little homestead? It's not in the wild, but is private and pretty. Not religious, not a drinker but not a prohibitionist, ok with pot. Feel free to contact me at

      • Donna, You have so much to offer someone or a group who want to live wild.
        I'm sure sooner or later someone will pick up on the fact and embrace the skills and experience you can bring into the fold.
        Keep your chin up sweetheart, every cloud has a silver lining...

    • Anybody know anywhere in Colorado too live off the land maybe homestead or cheap land where i can start out in a tent eventually move up to a shelter without having too break camp every 2 weeks am living off the land presently on disability so some income would like to be fairly close to a town 5-6 miles anybody know anything let me know at

  100. My son and I are about to loose everything, and we were doing okay for a while. We are not of low intelligence and have between the both of us plenty of survival knowledge. Soon faced with a decision to leave everything in the dirt and live wild or go to a shelter. I'm going to loose my job, my van, my home, because im a single mom and cant get a job making over 30k. We love the community tribal life idea but don't have money to join one. I wish they were open hearted to people that can actually contribute. Any ideas on where to go, right now im in Arizona but soon perhaps ill drive toward my destination, turn in my van and raise my young adult in wild. I even considered a peace corps life but they wont let me take my 15 year old. All other volunteer programs that include family cost. I cant help but feel the tug of a waisted society holding me back. Credits bad, cant get a loan to save my life.....ready to leave...its all we have left.

    • Hi there, give me a shout... never know what can be dreamed up.

    • Jayna,
      I wish you and your boy the best of luck.
      Knowledge is the best tool you can ever take with you...

      May the wind be at your back, and the sun shine gently upon your face...

    • Jayna,

      If this is something you are serious about I am interested in this as well. I live in western ny I am tired of my life always fighting for everything I get like shelter trying to get my life back together after becoming disabled. I am able to do allot of things and Im not afraid of hard work although I am a male I am very interested in this if your serious about this get back to me I don't kno if it will be published but my email is

      • I didn't type the email its

    • Stumbled upon this just surfing google for like-minded individuals. Not quite in your situation, but I've been planning a move to the wilderness for a while now. Have plenty of survival skills/knowledge. Seems you have a little group forming, and if this is truly a go, and you still check this, feel free to e-mail me. 25 y/o, and oddly enough, I too currently reside in AZ.
      Feel free to e-mail me at:

    • hello if your really interested in living off grid im going off grid in 3 weeks contact me @ hope to hear from you

    • Sounds like ur in a bad situation.

      In the next couple of years I am planning to move to nova scotia, I currently live in Calgary Alberta,Canada and if u want to contact me my email and what I am planning is to buy some land and have my own house plus a garden with some chickens, basically to have a self sufficient small hobby farm I already a couple places picked out but need to do some more research on the properties as I would prefer a stream or brook running through the property as I want to be off- grid as much as possible so if there is some that are interested let me know as i just found this forum
      and it interested me so please feel free to contact me and we can talk and do some planning

      if u can come to Canada


    • go to the oil jobs in n.d they have family camps.

  101. family assumes I'm nuts of course, yet I only feel more inspired by reading the comments. I'm in Canada, and from what I've surmised, I may not, nor may anyone else on God's green earth homestead on the Queen's land. Anyways, what Orwellian nightmare have I been born into where a man cannot legally just live alone in the wilderness....on a planet hurtling round a solar mass at the edge of a spiralling galaxy. I ask you! Anyways, I'm giving myself until age 53, ( 48 now - single, handy and handsome BTW) then I'm paddling my kayak filled to the brim and then some, with and all the gear listed above (or below, as it were), to a small island off the coast of B.C. But now I have to re-think it all because of Fukushima. Ah so...Fukushima, that ever-gurgling cauldron of radioactivity seeping into the Pacific.

    So now what? I guess I have five years to figure it out but man o'man, things are getting tight.

  102. * EDITED**** I cant believe there are this many people looking to get out of this bad society. My husband and I want to do this as well. We want to go far into the wilderness and live our life like we were intended to. Anyone looking to live anywhere in montana or any mountains in the west side? email us: or we would love to hear from people who are ready to do this. Im 24 and my husbands 27.

    • I am leaning towards this more and more everyday. Im 33 and i have a 15 year old son. We both want to live free. He talks everyday about living wild and I am about to loose everything anyhow. I just moved from Texas to Arizona and as it turns the relationship failed...We have no where else to go. My son and I are preferring free living to homeless shelters...We have more survival skill than going into a drug infested cesspool. So regardless we may be on this adventure anyhow.

      • Jayna would you like to chat via email. i would like to know more about your plans.

  103. Living in western New York I have dreamed about living in the Wilderness...... any Ideas or advice send me a email

    • I am heading out soon to the Blue Ridge mountains and disappear again for a while. I have hiked the AT and many other trails, I know the woods and bushcraft, I do consider myself a woodsman. I have all the gear that will be needed. I am planning to leave by Aug 15th. If anyone wants to consider joining me then please email me at
      This is a great time to go, the harvest is near, the fruits are ripe, the animals getting fat and the evenings will soon be cooler.
      Please contact me

      • I am looking to do just that. Do you want a friend? I think it would be better with some company.

        • HI Chuck, yes it is better with company, I plan to be leaving soon. I have done this on and off for years, pursued a few degrees at the university, but prefer the wilderness. I am well equipped for the venture both in gear and woodslore. Contact me please, Thanks

  104. My names Trent. I've been studying a lot the last few years on living off grid and off the land. I've always wanted to do it. I've just never had the money to buy land in the middle of no where. I would like to partner up with someone who's doing this. My email is I'm 21 I live in illinois. Email me.

  105. I have been preparing the last couple years. I have almost every thing except for things that could build a permanent structure. I currently live in Arizona but came from Montana. I desperately want to live out my dream living in the wilderness but know it would be much better to have someone, or a group of someone's, to do it with. Montana is my preference because I know the country pretty well. I grew up living in the bush country, hiking, hunting, etc..

    Hoping to find someone to hook up with or at least share ideas. I can be contacted at

  106. Nice thread, so many topics.
    Ive been wanting to go rough it in the bush with very little supplies and make it on my own in a survival situation just like survivor man on tv. Finding a great spot and living in the wild for a week or two at a time, going from place to place, experiencing new different adventures ea. time. I try searching on the web for groups and always find someone posting a survival school...I already know my survival techniques/skills. Most my trips I had many supplies and usually a tent, now I want to combine and rely on my skills to build my shelter, find food and water and build a base camp for all my needs. I think its important for us to try out many different situations before leaving everything behind and head to Alaska. Im from the western Pa. area and looking for some adventures, im willing to travel to most nearby states. If anyone knows of any groups or websites that has active real survival guys like us plz let me know. If anyone is interested in a survival get together plz email me. Thanks and good luck to safe!
    Mark, age 39, Email me at;

  107. This has been a great thread! I thought that I was one of the "few" and possibly "crazy" for wanting to do this, but now I know I am not alone! That said, I am a 39 year old male and I am almost ready to try this deep in the Utah Rocky Mountains. I would love to have anyone, males or females, that are interested in long term wilderness living accompany me. I already have an area picked out with plenty of natural resources and sustenance, and plan on growing food as an added safeguard. The downside to the location I have picked is that it is high altitude (approx 8000ft), so anyone that is considering this will need to acclimatize to higher elevations as well as be ready for "real" winters. Also, getting into the area will take a pretty good hike as it is far away from any main roads, so a level of fitness will be required. This area is very secluded, and in my lifetime have only ever ran into a few people, and they were hardcore hikers! Lets just say that I have never seen a ranger there...ever!

    In conclusion, I have skills in hunting, fishing, construction and shelter building, foraging, growing, and trapping. I would not say that I am master by any means, but I have the skills to survive for long periods of time in the wilderness. So far in my life I have already spent 8 months in the wild without issue. This time, if I have my way, I will not be coming back.

    I am planning on leaving in August for a minimum of 2 years. If anyone is interested in joining me, please contact me at: Please only serious inquiries.

    • i am from canada i would like to do this for along time run not just a trip .i want to live free from now till my body is laid out flat spent time in the service got plenty of tools a weapon i hunt with in hunting season would live off the land in a minute i am 57 but feel 35 could do this with no thought of coming back i see many people talk of it on youtube just to get idea where to go my problem is i am canadian need passport so need time to get things in order.but i want mountains and freedom fish bear deer moose gardening what ever i just want to live off the land like the lord planned it.hurt nothing leave it like you found it.clean and beautiful wake up to crisp clean air and every animal singing the song of long can a canadian live there on a pass port and i would love to share it with a woman who would need nothing but what i have mention freedom and of course me to not a hard person to get along with.just thinking early mornings and a nice hard coffee before i or we go get dinner and supper.long time stay not a 2 or 3 years long time stay but for ammo and fuel for lanterns just like the days of old not joking serious stuff it will be but what a life if thats what you want jayna or anyone

  108. There are some really great posts and input. I too have this very dream. I put myself on a three year plan, so I can purchase land outright and do it legally. If you are serious about living this kind of lifestyle and not wanting to "squat" or relocate every 14 days or so, then be sure you thoroughly investigate the land and county permitting. To do it legally, it will require some financial burden, such as land tax sure to plan ahead for these things.

    Of course you could always just pack a backpack and set off into the wild...if done right you would never get I like to be in one place, and want to build a home in my mind I think I'm better off just doing it legally.

    So happy for all of you pursuing this...may god bless you in your journey!!

  109. Me and Jason are looking for a few people to come along with us,
    email me at

    We might head up to the adirondack in Newyork -
    Again I'm willing to pick up a serious enough person. I'm located in the Midwest (Chicago) I'm willing to head south and then head back north to meet Jason in Newyork.

    I'm looking to leave around July 1st

    Thank you

    • william try driviving up west river hill [mnt] used to be called the white house , my grandfather lead hunting expeditions inthe 20's=40s we had acamp 9 miles from the end of the road, any how they have have a few trals that go 3-4 miles a come to mountin lakes one called mud lake, nice broke trout, but you will be on your own from civilation for as long as you want, there is also the lake placid trail that takes a few weeks to navagate, you may want to take a partner or like me a good lab or 2,they can save your life, good luck, try to keep in touch, john

  110. I Read all of the comments on here and can't believe there are others... I know it seems weird to most but it feels right to me.. I wish to live off the grid deep in the wilderness away from society as well. I wish to build a home grow my food in a garden and live the simple life... I also see nothing wrong with bring food, tools, equipment or even a shelter. I got much more to say and hope people still go on this forum.. I am serious about this I will do this just really hard to find a location... So if anyone got tips, tricks, ideas, or want to talk to someone about it please email me I wouldn't mind joining a group or couple people to experience this with... I want to live in the wilderness long term.

  111. I've only read about 30 or so entries here, but so many of you seem to know how I'm feeling.
    My only issue is I am located in the UK and you all appear to be from the U.S....

    Is there anyone else out there in the UK who would want to leave society behind on a long term/permanent basis???
    I'm a 40yr old guy with considerable outdoor/survival experience who would like to have a travel companion/buddy who wants to live off the grid, off the land, hunting, fishing etc

    There has to be someone out there???

    All the best on your adventure's guy's!!!

    • Sounds great but where in the UK is this possible?
      I live in Wales and often do wild camping on forestry commission land near lakes etc , but I know it's not legal . I do not know anywhere in the Uk that it would be possible to live this dream as I think you'd be noticed by somebody somewhere...
      Any thoughts?

      • Alastair,
        You're right there buddy, it would be hard to successfully go unnoticed here in the UK...
        You would probably have to be quite nomadic about thing's even though having a permanent base would be more suited...

        Up in the nether regions of Scotland would be the most remote area of this country...

        Where in wales are you to buddy???
        Contact me at:-

    • I'm in Newcastle upon Tyne. I want to ideally live in the wild or off grid in a forest for a while. Don't have any skills frankly and I'm a bit socially awkward. That's part of the need to get away. I'd like to learn foraging, snaring, woodsmanship, self sufficiency. Really would love to gold pan by a stream somewhere too. Keep thinking about that.

      How else can one form some sort of sustainable economy in the wilds though? I've been thinking about this? Can we even hunt and sell furs in the UK? Truffle finding? Collect scientific data for odd random companies? One needs to be to go back into a city every couple or few months surely and be to get a couple of hundred quid at least for new clothes, tools, things needing patch jobs, etc?

      Let me know if anyone's interested.

      • Hi Dave,
        Panning for gold in the uk is very much frowned upon by the authorities.
        People whom do it illegally tend to disturb/trash the local species, some of which are protected by law.
        As for finding some sustainable income which relies on society for its success, you'll be hard done to find something unless you can buy a good piece size of land to farm or grow sustainable tree's to work...

        If you gained the skill's to live independently of society you would have no need to rely on said society to be successful in the wilds.
        All the material's you could ever need is right there at hand.
        All you need to do is learn how to look for and process those material's to produce the desired result's to make what you need.

        My advice to you would be to take stock of exactly what you want to do out in the wilderness.
        Do you want to dissipate into the wild to be free with no financial hitches???
        Or do you want to go on a very long camping trip???

        All the best to you either way buddy.

  112. Well this thread has been awesome, its good to know that there are still people out there that are wanting to do this and live this kind of life style. I am a male 26 from Louisville,KY.
    I know how to hunt and fish, i have always been fascinated and intrigued by nature and wildlife and ect. I am really tried of living in society its full of shit and everyone's fucking crazy! I have a girlfriend she is 24 and she likes this idea she is a bit of a girly girl but trust me she can handle her self and is strong and a hard worker. Does any body here know of what states in the US that you can just go venture off in to there wilderness and live and build your own log cabin?? All input and suggestions will be helpful good or bad. We both agree on doing this and all i need is info on where a bouts in the US can you do this and not have to worry about the federal government or any sort of government. Some where that is warm and does not get cold or super cold would be great and that has tons of streams and water ways or rivers would be great, i love to fish. Also some where that has a good population of deer elk mule deer and cat fish bass and ect. Here is my email hope to get some good suggestions from all of yall. Have a great day yall

    • Hello,

      Who here is seriously interested in heading into the remote mountains. William, a couple posts down and I are going to do this very soon. I am hoping to be in North Carolina in a few weeks, and will be meeting up with William. We will be heading into the Blue Ridge mountains and disappearing.

      I spent 20 years living in Alaska and recently returned from Ecuador, South America in which I was living there for 2-3 years. I survived an assault/attempted murder in which I was thrown off a cliff and fell 100-120 feet. I had an insane spiritual encounter, and was saved(very long story). The most difficult part of the experience was my climb up and out. I had vision out of only a single eye, and numerous other injuries.

      I see this upcoming off-grid living as being a training period for when I eventually head back to South America.

      I would love to have a go pro camera and lots of memory to do video coverage of this experience for my planned adventure based blog. This could be a great opportunity.
      Would love to chat with and get to know 1-2 more people. Too many people can be problematic.

      I am not a big guy, being a whopping 5'8 and about 145. 38 years old.

      I will also be bringing seeds in case we set up a permanent base camp. Skilled gardener/horticulturist here.

      I hope to do this for bare minimum 3-4 months, and possibly pull out during the winter...who knows those?

      One issue that I can see is that we will for the most part be strangers. Hence the reason a smaller group is preferred.

      If you would like to chat with me, I am Jason Pednault on Facebook.

      Ps. Others going to Ecuador with me after this(if things go well enough) would be an option.

      My survival story.

  113. Hi everyone my name is Tracy. I'm 47 in great shape no over the counters, scrips msg and so on. Feel better now than in my 20s. Can still easily clear double jumps on my mountainbike as well as riding across the state of florida where I live. I hunt and fish and go on long bikepacking trips across florida alot of places that sane people don't ride bikes on. I am a cabinet maker custom carpenter by trade since I was 16. This paint by numbers world is like a prison for me. My money and house were liquidated by fed leviathan and scandalous fiancee. One more year in this matrix then my vehicle and everything else I won't be taking with me will be sold. I can use the funds for the first part of my journey.Mountainbike and trailer and my gear and I will soon be saying,"SO LONG SUCKERS"

    • Where do you plan to go ?? I hate how we are forced to live now days..

  114. Hello!
    My name is William a 22 year old from Chicago, I'm looking to veture off into the wild with a partner or a group of people myself.
    I can be reached at I'm looking to start within the mids of next month. I can meet whoever wherever. And this isn't just some random act of rebellion, it's in my Jamaican blood to live within and around nature.
    =) Thank you

  115. Hi, I am looking to go off to the Wilderness. Its a myth that you cannot do it. Our ancestors did it for thousands of years. So you people with the idea its too harsh, yes if your a gamer or couch potato it is. But for someone that is outdoorsy you have instincts that will help you to survive.
    So who is with me Im going to the Wilderness in the North West. I have everything I need
    to survive, and know everything I need to know to survive comfortably. As for you chicken *&^%%$%, go back to you play station and recliner.

    • Greg email me at
      I'm with you all the way.

  116. I don't know how old this thread is, but recent comments have prompted me to respond with a word of caution for those who are ditching society. Firstly, I want to say that I admire people who do this successfully (and happily), but would advise doing it in stages first over longer periods of time. Don't forget you are running away from one hostile society, into another. Mother Nature takes no prisoners. She lets you live, or She lets you die. There is no in between. This romantic notion many of you have (especially the younger ones) of living wild, and living off your wits, skill, and cunning, made me smile. Its a nice idea for sure, but after a while, it gets as tiring as living in the world you left behind. Facing the constant challenges of inclement weather, finding food, water and shelter, trying to fix everything from broken shelters to broken bones, gets old.

    Life in society is a choice. You don't have to be part of the bits you hate - you can dip in and out as you want. Its more about your mind and how you perceive your life. There are changes you can make within your day to day activities that mean you don't have to run away and risk your life. Remember that even wild animals live in a society of sorts, remember that there are no wild people or tribes anymore, and think about the fact that if living wild was that easy - everyone would be doing it.

    • Are you just a genus? Because we lived off the land with out grocery stores for THOUSANDS OF YEARS... why on earth would you say something like that? You are with the others that just jump on a bandwagon of cautioneers ~ omg you have no skills because you wish not to..

    • words full of wisdom ,totally agree , living in the wild is a wild dream but one has to take in consideration that you put your life at risk every second of the way. It's a one way ticket you live or you die .With nature it is that simple.

  117. Hi my name is Mat and I'm 16, I had always dreamed of running away and living in the wilderness. That has always been a fantasy until now that I have been thinking more and more about it. It's eating me away, the world, how people live their lives. When I turn 20 I wish to finally fulfill my dream. My dream now is to gather a small group of friends or maybe even some family and when I turn 20, to find a island and live there, to go out and finally be free, to live life as it were supposed to be lived. Maybe 5 years would be nice, but to do this I need to be pointed in the right direction. Any hints or tips for anything it can start doing now?

    • Man I'm 14 and have really started thinking about living in the bush or forest all the time now, me and my friend are talking about it but I don't think he'll actually do it. So I'm just studying and gonna get a bit of my own money to buy a knife and those kind of essentials and live my life in the wild. I would also like to bring a dog aswell and any friends that want to come, I wouldn't be able to stay sane living so we here all by myself I need someone or something like a dog.

  118. Hello to all, you guys are awesome and I fully respect all your dreams. I watched Bear Grylls when I was 16 and fell in love with it instantly. Later i studied all his episodes and books to learn survival skills! It is always a dream that is burning inside me, some people don't feel the same and some people just know it fully well. Now I was kicked out from my family, wondering around in this world like a ghost. Don't know when that happened and how that happened, I just too weak to face this world alone or fulfill my dream. My country-New Zealand is just the perfect place to do this, but I don't find it possible that I can live like your guys or Bear Grylls. Is there any chance for me? I don't know...

    • Any way, just feel my life is so bad with the "money" thing...gonna find work just exchange for food and accommodation. It would so much reduce the pressure of life on me. Next year I am able to attend an adventural school which teach me everything about moving in the mountains, oceans, and something about outdoor living. Well, I can't see if I can get Bear Grylls stuff done but this will be my first step. Used to plan study Chinese herbology in case of injury, study parkour for the sake of moving freely outdoor and study muscle arts for self defense. The problem is I am not sure if I still alive after so many years of studying IN THIS SOCIETY. Lol

  119. hello, i am a 17 year old living in southern Saskatchewan and i am fascinated with all things "primitive" i have been learning as much as i possibly can about living off the land in my area.. there is no one here to teach me, so i learn from the internet.. i have come across this thread and i almost want to think that it is made by a company trying to get my email and name.. this is exactly what i have been looking for!! a group of like-minded people who are ready to go back to the old ways.. the way things should be.....
    i am about to graduate and i am not sure what to do with my life.. but one thing i am certain of is that i want to spend some time.. if not the rest of my life off the land.. living as close as possible to the earth, foraging as much wild food as i can (but not too much)... i am quite interested to see where this thread goes..

  120. So I have continued thinking about this, and I was wondering if there was anybody who would consider buying land with me and doing this legally? then we could do as we please without having to worry about rangers. I know there are still issues with living "off the grid" but I believe if remote land is found and legally owned it shouldn't be to much of an issue.. If anyone would be interested in this email me thanks

    • Ashton: You sound real serious. I can help you get where you want to be.

      Are you a kayaker? My wife and me are ocean kayakers. We use 17-18 foot "touring" kayaks. The kind where you sit in a cockpit with a spray skirt, and with 2 big dry hatches. One in front, and one in back. Our brands are Necky and Current Designs. You can store in your hatches 5 times what the biggest backpack would carry. Extra tent and a pillow? No sweat. We took 4 or 5 basic kayak lessons at ecomarine - how to get back in if you capsize, etc. and the navigation, etc we learned from DVD's. Our first trip was 12 days. No expensive guided kayak trips, etc. Just go for it.

      We like exploring the remotest areas of BC's coast where very few kayakers go. A short trip is 10-12 days. Our longest was just under a month. Just the 2 of us. We used to spend most of the summer ocean kayaking. It's an awesome way to practice survival skills and if you want to really, really get away from people and civilization nothing compares.

      There are definately kayakers, and non-kayakers, who live in remote coastal areas. In tents. In makeshift huts, etc. Bottomfish are always very easy to catch. Ling Cod, sole, etc. etc. All seaweed is edible and very nutritous.

      We never met Kayak Bill, but we know people who knew him. He proved you can live on the coast, and survive and thrive:

      Here is some other interesting stuff I want you to think about.. I haven't read the book, but I know for certain these 2 people just walked into the coastal forest, with just the clothes on their backs, and came out about 2 years later: They live in Echo Bay / Paddlers Inn now. I never spent any $$ on any survival class, but I know people who know them, and I heard all the amazing stuff. Catching bears in a noose.. ..shooting homemade arrows at the bear... that bounced off, "How do we kill it ??" etc etc Some good tips on that site though.

      After years of ocean kayaking adventures, in the middle of nowhere, we had to get away from people and cities as best we could. We bought land in Kitimat-Stikine. This is a land of plenty. Plenty of firewood, fresh water, moose, deer, elk, fish, etc, etc. You can buy land, or buy nothing and live in the wild. Google satellite this area. Mostly uninhabited wilderness. The little citys have rules, but we are far enough out and you can do anything you feel like on your land.


      Dr. G

      • Hello Dr. G. Anyway I can get in contact with you? I would be honored if you would answer some questions. My email is


      • DR G

        I would love to hear more!
        contact me as I want to go east coast in a couple of years
        and do the homesteading with bought land


  121. My wife and I have been talking about seriously taking our family and moving to the wilderness as many other people have been talking about in this thread. Our only worry is that we want our kids to be able to be around other kids so they are not alone. If anyone knows of any familys that would accept our family to a setup like this we are interested.I have years of experience setting traps and snares, fishing, and hunting among other things. My wife is not as experienced but she can handle herself well. We have checked into "eco villages" but so far they have just been rich artsy types that basically make you pay 30 grand to be a part of their clicks.

    • Hi

      I am a Development Producer in the UK. I was researching for a potential series looking at people planning to give it all up and live in the wilderness. I came across your email in a forums and wondered what happened with your plans?

  122. My name is john im 20 yrs old and im looking for a adventure I've always dreamed of living off the grid and in the middle of the woods somewhere. Ive always toyed with the idea of just up and going ive practiced building shelters and im proficient in hunting and fishing. However ive never met anyone who is even slightly interested in doing this and I came across this website and it renewed the fire within me. I seriously want to do this but I don't have the money I have most of the equipment so im going to say this lets a group of 3 or 4 people get together and plan a trip soon. Email me at

  123. Hi, my name is Ashton Brown I am 22 years old (male), and I am inspired that I am not the only person with this dream. I have just come to a point in my life where I obtained my degree and I don't see why.. I don't understand why it is a good thing to make money for things that I do not need or really desire. I would rather be able to wake up when I want and do whatever I want, without the craziness this society has to offer! I don't mind working, but I work 730am til 1030 pm and all to pay for an expensive apartment and to buy a fancy car, I don't see the point.. I could die tomorrow and I would hate to "go out" on these terms! I would love to do this, but I'm not sure about doing it alone. I am handy with basic carpentry tools and I am in sports shape.. I am a straight male also, I have no problem with other orientations, but figured I would throw that out there. long story short I live in texas and have a couple grand saved up and was looking to see if any people were truly interested in this endeavor. my email is have a blessed day.

  124. Well just wanted to let all you like minded folks know I am going into the wilderness for roughly a year maybe more. I will be doing it in the great state of MT, regardless of whatever laws maybe in place. To live a "simpler" life. I plan to leave shortly after my 23 birthday which is the 30th of march, a month, two at most. I will be keeping a journal and hopefully will be able to have some way of taking some photos, I may be putting a book together. If you are interested in getting a copy of my journal just send me an E-mail and i will get it when I get back.

    • Hey you are kinda close to me. Emaill me We and a buddy are doing this very very soon in next month. We planned to do Arkansas mountains. We are 26 by the way.

    • Everyone me and a buddy of mine are planning on moving into the Arkansas mountains within the next 30 days. We are looking for maybe 3-4 people to join us. No meth heads nothing like this please. Weed is ok we are all 420 friendly. Wed like to stay atleast a year. We are both 26 years old and before considering serious candidates there have to be some screening. Like maybe facebooking what not confirming identity. Something alot those lines. If your interested email me. Me and my buddy are both healthy big guys. Im 6ft 4 200 pounds with military training. We dont care if your male or female, as long as your contribute. Hope to hear from you.

    • Kevin - Wishing you all that's best with your trip. Now 70 I wish I'd done it when I was younger, although I am thinking about doing it anyway while I'm still fit. I'd be interested in hearing about the adventure when you get back. Go for it.

      • Dave
        If you are like me I am a young 70 going on 45 lol would like to something like this as well.....go for it Dave have no regrets.

  125. Folks, you all seem to have good hearts and intentions, but running away from society isn't the answer. It only prolongs the inevitable. What happens when your squat is found out and considered illegal? What happens if there's a national emergency and the helicopters come for you? What if that nearby mining operation poisons the creek water you're drinking from? Or that magical place you think you've found has been rezoned into a timber license? Just shrug and move on? How about solving the problem at its source. We need good folks like you all to help fight civilization, not run away and hide. Your energies would be better spent ensuring future generations will inherit a more sane world. If you run away, then your kids will have to deal with the techno-nightmare. Unless civilization is physically stopped, it will keep expanding, and there will be no place left to hide. The answer is to fight it and stop it at its source. Think about it.

    • Yes, I agree with you Peter Moss. But I also agree with the people here that are posting, because I too have within me an extreme desire to get away from society and and all its craziness. Because I live in society, I have developed constant anxiety. Somedays it doesn't bother me. Somedays it causes me to isolate myself. Honestly, I am used to it by now and I'm probably here because I did mushrooms and nitrous oxide for the first time a couple days ago and my dopamine levels are imbalanced right now, so I'm depressed right now and having thoughts of running away and escaping. But anyways, Peter Moss, you're right. Society isn't bad. It isn't good either, because you know nothing in this world is perfect. Effort shapes the clay. Like you said we need to stay and fight and work together to build a better society, but at the same time, it takes a lot of robustness and strength to endure society's life. We all have our methods of escaping from this... I rely on isolation, and just being by myself. And that's when I'm truly at peace. The only other time I'm truly at peace is when I'm with my family members, especially with my Mom because she and I are perfectly alike. She is gentle and understanding and caring, qualities that are rarely given out by people of society. I don't know why they aren't, as these things are truly the building blocks of healthy and good life, like food and water. But anyways, you're right. We should stay and fight, but also, we have a defeated side to all of us, that side where we try and we repeatedly fail to make connections in this world, with the people around us. So, I simply want to escape to the wilderness for a while. I know my problems won't disappear, because I'm only leaving the problems behind in society, but at least I can temporarily leave them away. There is no solution for me. It's either run away from society, find a better society with like-minded people, or it's stay and try to thrive here, which hasn't worked out for me very well. I find it difficult to find the necessary things I want and need from people... Love, care, understanding, listening, encouragement, sacrifice, honesty, gentleness, plainness, faithfulness, all these things... But, as I have said, these things are too rare in society. Or maybe you can say that I lack the skills to procure these things from people. But then, these things shouldn't be procured, but rather, freely given out, as free and open relationships are the best, long-lasting types. But I digress and I rant, and sometimes, wilderness just really seems like the best answer.

      • Hi Jahun,
        Not sure how this works ~ if you'll even see this but your post sounds like it could've been written by me, other than the mushrooms and nitrous oxide. ( : It's very poignant. No - it's not that you lack the skills, people are just indifferent and cruel, sometimes even to people they do care about. They only person who I mattered to was my Mom and she died in 2011 and I don't know how much longer I can take being totally alone in the world. (I don't even have someone to list as an emergency contact.) Nature seems to be the only thing I feel like I'm "part of." I know I would be happier if I could leave society behind and live in the wilderness, although having to kill animals to survive would be difficult for me. (But the animals I would need to kill would suffer less than the ones that come from our horrific factory farms.) I want to hide away like a hermit but am compelled to use my voice to stop/expose injustices in the world; for animals; for the planet; and for PEOPLE too. But it's hard doing everything alone, it's like I'm invisible. I do take initiative and try to cultivate relationships any where and way I can, so far, to no avail. I feel like I am a different species than everyone around me ~ like I just don't belong. But if I just focus on the beauty of nature, I am "at peace" and can get through one more day. I live in a city but have little places I go to that help me. Riding my bike helps too. And I have the sweetest kitty who, contrary to humans, always seems to know exactly what to do to make me feel loved and needed and appreciated and real. If I was able, I would have LOTS of animals. Their love is unconditional.

        Anyway, what I really want to tell you is this: appreciate your family, especially your Mom. My Mom was sick for years before she died, so I had time to prepare and talk to her about things. She was proud of my activism and feel she is by my side, telling me not to give up. I knew I'd miss her but never thought it would be THIS lonely without her. Life goes on.........

  126. Hello to everyone who has posted here. I am a primitive skills survival instructor, among other things..Have been at this for longer than most of you are old. . I have written a series of articles (about 15 now) on our website called the" Feral Woodsman". The website is about survival skills and being self reliant . we dont deal in wild eyed survivalists theories.. The members are down to earth and deal in realities.
    I wrote for 7 years for " Wilderness Way magazine , now defunct. We have an event once A year teaching skills from some of the best instructors in the country. you can look at the site without becoming a member.. I moved to the high desert in California about a year ago as the deserts are what I know best on a personal level.. within 10 minutes of my cabin I can vanish into the wild. I am looking to be able to communicate with those who are or are planning to do this life in the wild. My series of articles are turning into a book , and have been contacted by publishers . I will not share exact locations or specific names if you wish it so. visit the website or you can contact me at
    either way the site offers a lot of info for what many are planning to do in the wild.. the best of luck to you all.hope to hear from you... Dude McLean

  127. I am very inspired to read all of your comments. I have experimented with this concept myself, having lived several weeks at a time in the forest, and found it to be very challenging and also very wonderful. The thing that I find particularly striking about this thread, however, is how so many people are "planning" and so few are reporting "doing" or "having done". Don't get me wrong, I think you all are on the right track. I'd just like to hear more from people who already have lived this life for a substantial period of time, say over one full year, and can give extensive and detailed practical advice on how to make it a viable longterm alternative. What I see here are a lot of good hearted, well intentioned dreams, which is lovely, but knowing human nature, for ninety-eight percent of you it will not materialize. I want to read the SUCCESS stories of those who have done, or are doing it for real.
    Another suggestion would be this. There are enough of you beautiful earth souls here that you could most likely all get together and organize a commune, pool your resources, etc. Maybe instead of leaving society, we might try to reinvent it for ourselves, on our own terms, amongst kindred spirits. Anywhoozle...I wish you all the best!

  128. I can't understand why everyone has the need to live [ in the old days ] in a cabin that is. My life is bad enough why make it worse? If you want to live off the land I mean why build some thing you know will take up a lot of time? Myself I am going even further back in time. The best way to leave no trace is not to build n e thing. The cave men did it why not us? I am all for the best way to live free and clear of the every day rat race. I have
    the know how to live in the wild I am a country boy and will be till I die. Think outside the box.

    When the S.H.T.F do you want to b in a cabin to get raped or killed or do u want to be nice and cozy in a place n the mountains that you know the s--t won't get to ya? There arr way's to get water to a cave and I have all the fire power I need. I can hunt and fish know how to make snares for small game. There will be plenty of room for who ever wants to join me be you male or female. I have no money but I have a big heart. If you feel you want to go get your self a good horse and contact me at This not a joke. I am almost ready, just tying up a few loose ends.

  129. Hi Cindi my name is Damon . I currently live in the country and I have been hunting and fishing all my life and quite successful at it. I know of most wild edible plants Berry's ect. I already own most of the equipment needed to live in the wild and the skills to do so. Just wondering were you plan on heading and when. I am 33 and in great shape . I also know first aid CPR swell as some old-fashioned wild herbal remedies from fevers to cuts bone breaks ect. I am quite educated in the old ways. If you are interested in possibly going together please send me an e mail. Thanks and best of luck damon

  130. Any one older wanting to do this please let me know. I'm a country girl at heart love fishing and hunting. I can rough it we'll just would like a companion.

    • My name is Ely. I live in northern washington 12 miles from british columbia border. i have slept outside in subzero temperatures and hunted and been hunted since late august. I have tracked and trapped since child hood with my father in the ozarks. I joined the army when i was 18. I live this life daily and only come to town occasionnaly to do research and get in touch with supplies and remeber why i dont live amongst people nemore. ne one who would like this life email me Bumplewart at gee male bring ur own gear and a lot of grit. this isnt a game or for the weak. it does get lonley tho and some compaony will be nice. i can teach you what you dont know and ill make sure you dont die.

    • Cindi,

      I am 50 years old and I to would love to get away from the world as we know it. I also am a country boy and can hunt and fish. If you are still looking for a partner I am willing. I have my own guns and rod and reels. I can field dress about any wild game. My knives are sharp and my guns are loaded I'm ready to get on the road. If that is what you are looking for my e-mail is Hit me up lets get going.

    • Hello Cindi, my name is Matt. Im 28 years old and am getting ready to leave within 2 weeks into the Appalachian mountains along the Virginia and West Virginia borders. I am extremely in shape and already have all the tools to survive out there. I am doing this as more of a spiritual en-devour as well as to live in the wild away from society. I plan on being out there for a while. If you are interested in a spiritual journey back into the real nature our father created then contact me.

    • Hi, I am an easy going guy looking for easy going company to get away to the middle of nowhere .. to live in serenity and peace .. I worked all 40 years of my life and got nothing for it, now for the next 40 I want to live in the wilderness and be happy and free.
      I am not lazy and have primitive survival skills, I have tested my skills many times for weeks on end .. now time to Go , not sure when or where but I want a partner to explore this with from the beginning .. thanks

    • Hi, I saW YOU ASKING FOR A CAMPING BUDDY, i AM 55 AND i HAVE WORKED IN THE MIDDLE EAST FOR 8 YEARS AND CURRENTLY IN THE pHILIPPINES. I will be back to the states by the middle of april which is this month. I was thinking of getting a old motor home and heading out and camping and fishing on the BLM lands and I am a lone I was looking for someone to have to talk to as well. I want to be self suffecient with at least some solar power and catching rain water, compost toilets and hopfully some kind of internet, We can only stay up to 2 weeks at a time on fedefal land and wildlife management areas but the camping should be free, we would need money for gas, hopfully we could catch fish and do a little hunting to help with are food. Let me know if your interested, take care.

    • NEED TO know where you live and more of your likes and dislikes need pitcher of you i have all the toys for the outdoors one could ever want cabin to stay in i just would like nice company for a change ride and enjoy the bush the way i do and please please no no lazy layabouts i have 40 achrs to have fun on

  131. In the Spring of 2015 i am leaving the south east and moving west. Time to start over.... I am ex military and currently a HS history teacher. I plan to travel and stay at all the free camping, dispersed sites from Montana to New Mexico. Learn about each area slowly and find spots that i can go take off to for weeks or maybe even months at a time.. depending on the season. Eventually i plan on ditching the car and going on mountain bike. Taking only what i can carry. Never stay anywhere too long, but just be on a never ending journey.. I could use some company maybe....

  132. Hey there everyone, name is Eddie, I am 17 years old and currently living in Texas. I am making plans for the bright future ahead of me, one that involves moving into the wild, preferably the mountains or somewhere near a river. My plan is to travel and search for a place to reside at for at least 2 months, to gain a bit of experience before the real thing.

    Planning on doing this somewhere around this next June, by then I will be 18 and won't have to worry about the police searching for me for being underage, of course as long as I leave a letter behind to my family saying I voluntarily decided to leave, but will return.

    I have no issues, nor do I have any problems with my family, I am focused and determined to do what I want to do and accomplish. And the reason I am here is to make an oath with myself and the people here, I will accomplish this. By June 2014 I will come back here and say goodbye, as well as when I come back, I'ma be writing of how the first step to my great adventure went. Hehe :)

    Good luck to everyone who is willing to accomplish their dreams, be it ridiculous to some or admired from others. This life is too short to live it regretfully, it is not like we can decide if we can live or die anytime, we can only choose how we want to die.

    Posted 12/14/2013

    • I live in Texas as well, I was wondering where you are planning on going?

    • Hey, my name is Matthew, I am 18 and living in Ohio. I have been planning and preparing for a couple of years now to head to Western North Carolina. I already have some exact locations but have not decided exactly. Western North Carolina has plenty of space, mountains, rivers, fontana lake near Smoky Mountains. I am quite familiar with this area having gone here almost every year. I am planning on trying it for at least a year and longer if all goes well. Like you Eddie I really want to accomplish this, maybe we can meet up and accomplish this. Contact me for further information at Thanks!

      • I am going to build a log cabin. I am retired, so to speak, at 36, with a monthly income of $400 guaranteed for the rest of my life. It is not much money, but it definitely gives me a leg up since I can spend 100% of my time building my cabin. I am a journeyman-level custom wood carpenter; I worked at Lake Tahoe for Lamonica Const. for several years on million dollar homes and I have the references to prove it also.
        I was raised in West Virginia on a farm, so I want to keep chickens or meybe even build a hog pen and smokehouse.
        I have a 30-30 lever action Winchester in WV at me mum's house.
        I live in California right now.
        I plan to research Western North Carolina and if I cannot come up with a cool place to build a cabin then if I have to I will go "leave no trace" Native American-style and make a shifting camp on reservation land.
        I am interested in sustainable gardening, composting, solar and wind power.

        • Hey Jack, I will email you. I must say you have a lot more experience than I do. I never really had a plan to build a log cabin. My idea was to live in a wall tent. I know many people that live in wall tents, one guy I know lives deep in the bush of Alaska, no roads or towns nearby either. I know that I would be able to live in a wall tent permanently so a cabin is not a necessity at all for me. If you study the land close enough you will see there is plenty of public land in Western NC near the Fontana and Santeetlah lakes close to the Tennessee border. This area has one of the most diverse plant areas in the world. If you know what you are doing it is a foragers heaven with lots of water, fish and game, too. Have you heard of the Olympic Park Bomber aka Eric Rudolph? Well he hid in these same woods in Western NC for more than five years mostly foraging for plants, nuts etc etc. It can be done.

      • I grew up in this area, and I think it has been calling me back. 48M all skills and tools needed to make this a reality. As they say, 2 heads are better than 1

  133. Hello, I am very concerned on the road society seems to be planning on taking a 3 month break from it all in January, hiking and camping in the oregon wilderness. I am looking forward to a breathe of fresh living for a bit.I am 42 yrs old.I use to teach survival classes for NSTC so im not going unprepared.I'm looking to hear suggestions and experiences from

  134. Hi all my name is steve. I am planning on moving into the wilderness as soon as posible. I have all equipment and food for prob about a year. I am looking for a couple of people to go with me. I have weapons for hunting and fishing gear. Have tent to stay in while i build a cabin. Also when cabin is done i hqve a wood stove i can put in it. I have an uncle with a lot of land in vermont and we would be moving up there on his property to build a cabin. The property has a pond and lots of woods. I currently live in massachusetts and am being kicked out of my home. If anyone is interested in doing this get back to me. Like i said i have food to keep us fed till we can get food from the land. Lets get this going. Email me at hope to hear from you soon looking to leave within weeks

    • I commend you. On a similar trajectory myself. Thinking of attending a short survival school session first. Could I get your contact info? Sounds like real pretty country.

  135. I've been really reading a lot about post petroleum issues, declining trends in the quality of society and also have been experiencing a lot of stress and conflict being an older, very educated woman in an area where we are not valued. Thinking over the past few years of incredible loss, heartache, loss of hope lead me to realize that it isn't being alone that's the problem its being alone in a crowd, being relegated to the"old maid" role and being pressured to accept this. I have 40 acres of land to go to when I retire in 7 years, used to teach primitive survival skills and tracking, have grown my own food, built buildings, cut wood by hand, gutted deer and tanned hides, why not just bail when the time comes?

  136. Great to read that there are so many more of us out there. I'm looking to buy 150+ acres in Ontario. A piece of land which has running stream or lake, plenty of timber for heat. I am in construction can build anything wood &metal & know about plumbing & electrics etc. Also was a butcher in a former life & army too! Looking to build own house that is heated & lit all using natural resources. Also get some bear dogs to chase the bears away. Plant own veg/crops, have chickens, & goats for milk/cheese. My wife makes soap from scratch (ashes/lye) so we will be clean too! Can pickle crops for a winter supply. Maybe advertise for people to stay & teach survival skills & live off grid for a bit of cash. Would be great to have a few more families where we could have a little community. Have been provisionally accepted for permanent residency in Canada route of farming as I have experience of farming. It really is doable lets face it the pilgrims did it just should chose the right time of year like spring to give you chance to plan for the harsh winter ahead. Best of luck fellow off the griders keep on posting :)

    • Not sure how recent this post is, but figured to try. It's hard finding people in Ontario that are looking for this lifestyle. We are a family of 7 looking to go off grid but we are in just the beginning stage of planning. If you'd like to shoot me an email we could discuss this more.

    • Im Very Interested im a 24 year old college grad with architecture degree and I have great hunting fishing and survival skills I am also in great shape! I have been doing research for somtime and I have had my eye on Canada and Alaska but I don't have a passport so I would need to get one of those. Im currently in Texas and im looking to get away from the city I have lived a complete life here and its not for me I tried it and did what people said needed to be done to have a awesome life just to find out its not my thing. Now im ready to go to the outdoors where im actually free from society and its self destructive ways. please email me at

  137. Im in NB and planning and preparations to do the move to the wilderness next spring....avid hunter/fisherman/construction/natural medicine knowledge/etc....anybody from canada on here up for the change?

    • I want to move into the wild in New Zealand. I just want people who are serious and won't chicken out by the time
      it's time to go. I don't want to be screwed. Any takers write me back. Planning on next year, 2014 sometime. Right now I'm in Hawaii and homeless. Trying to do odd jobs to get by. It will happen. Michael, 25.

      • Hey Michael,

        Honestly my family has lived in Africa in the wilderness and learned how to live well off the land. I personally have lived in the mountains of Colorado throughout the winter. We are thinking of selling everything here and New Zealand is our first choice. This would be myself, wife and son, Stacie & Isaac. I know we will do well and not leave you alone for any reason. Stacie is a med tech and am a carpenter and metal smith. Our child is five and lives very well in the wilderness. Feel free to contact me at anytime. Cell #7204226612

  138. Hey everyone my name is Josh and I just read your posts on this blog the other day about living in the wilderness and being self sustaining. I know how to hunt and fish and I'm ex military. I'm 26 years old and I'm planing on leaving Phoenix AZ in January. I have all of my own gear and know how to live off the land, I even have a book on edible plants. I've been looking in the Oregon area, Steen mountains to be exact. Oregon is great for crops and I was planning on bringing seeds to have my own garden. If you have a better place than Oregon let me know and maybe you can change my mind. I'd like to get some people together and make the trip out to the wild, community is always a good thing. I was thinking a small group maybe 3-5 people. If you're down, I'm 100% serious and when January rolls around if no one else wants to go I'll be making the trip solo and I'm well prepared to do so. I have my own weapons and have a background in contract work, could build my own log cabin. If this sounds like something you're interested in please let me know. Live free, that's how it was meant to be. To organize with me please email me at (will be checking email daily until I leave in mid January) I have an SUV that seats 5 so four seats left for fellow travelers. FYI if you're planning on leaving with me for the wild, physical fitness is a must. We will do lots of hiking and it will be higher altitude than the city living you're use to.

    • Hey Josh, I love I'm salt lake city utah. I've been preparing for living off the grid for thelast year. I would love to join your group this January. Im an avid hunter and fisherma. I recently picked up fur bearing trapping. I feel as though you and I can learn about from each other.. I really hope to hear back from you.

      • Hey Cor, also in Salt Lake...have been seriously planning to bug out to the Uintas for a few years to survive an economic collapse but may just up and go in a year, probably June 2015. I have a good spot picked out I think where no one can go but we could get our food and gear there by traversing it down from a road to a river (600 yards 60 degree slope). At the river there is nothing but trees and no trails for over 5 miles. It is truly a densely hidden area.

        If caught it could spell trouble because I'm not interested in getting permits for hunting, etc. but where I'm thinking about going and how to get there is the results of a 10 year search of those mountains and it's almost perfect.

        During winter would get completely snowed in. I want to buy a stove, chainsaw, basic medical stuff and I think I'm ready. I have a 3 year food supply. What do you think? Want to plan with me for 2015?

        Anyone else want in?

    • Josh & Cori~ Do you have a facebook? It would be easier to chat that way. Long story short, I am getting ready to do the same. I have a friend, Zach, who has been doing this for 5 years now and I may meet up with him and his group in Idaho in 3 months. This is huge for me, I currently have a career and a huge family who loves me alot and most of them know about my dream of living off the grid. My kids are pretty much grown and understand as well. Most people would say I am leaving so much behind and I am crazy but I dont see it that way. Crazy is my life, day in and day out, doing the same thing, vicous cycle, and getting nowhere. Again, long story, so I would like to put a face with a name and talk more about your plans on this life changing event. You can find me on Facebook under Laci Gideon. Please message me in a private message. I havent told many people about this and I am not ready to explain this dream of mine to all of my friends and family. Hope to hear from you both and if not, I wish you both the best of luck in all your endeavors. God bless!

      • Laci. I have been thinking the same. Please share your views with me. I want to see the world as natural as possible but afraid to take that first step,

  139. I recently got back from almost 2 years living in the wilderness of Oregon. Like the most recent commented said, It isn't for the faint of heart. I've seen a few cougars about but they aven't shown much interest however a surprise I didn't expect are wild dogs. German shepard to be exact. I always keep a blade with me and was lucky to have done so. I plan to go back out in January.

    • Awesome! I envy you!

  140. You people do realize 'living off the land' takes an incredible skill set that it can take a while before you go out there to learn. Unless you're already an experienced hunter/fisherman/woodsman it's not recommended I think. If that's what you want to do, I suggest learning to hunt and clean/dress prepare wild animals, as well as knowing what you can and cannot eat. Learn to fish. Unless you're a 'country boy' that has been raised doing this stuff, you'd be surprised what you don't know and how difficult and ...ugly, it can be. Don't romanticize it to much. Man came up with all of these inventions of modern life for a reason.

  141. I am too sick of this modern craze of consumption, corporatism slavery and natural ressources abuse. We basically need fresh air, water and some food. We need to get back to much simpler lifestyles.. The Natives One.

    • you and me both pal, I'm totally sick of the society and dream to live in the way a real human is habbitued to. to be out there under the sun and stars (well, the sun is also a star) your totally right about what we need, i mean, in the end we don't die in our grave or join the next life with our credit cards or latest clothes. to be one with nature is a need and a desire.

  142. i am also very interested in this, and a country boy and ex-Army.with good hunting and fishing skills. plus good at building. i am seriously thinking of doing this myself. i am sick of being tide to the system and dream of freedom...

  143. To whom it may concern:

    I reside in Ohio and seek to live in wilderness in areas near here that one can without interruption and in isolation. If anyone knows of such a place that is near some body of water for fishing then please contact me with any information.

    I am very grateful,
    R. Stone

    • are u planning on going with others, have u started getting the supplies you will need to survive and build ?? im also looking into doing the same in maine ive been checking some sites etc for a female compainion to share in the work load, and for just company its has noting to do with being together just be more interesting and great to have company..if u happen to find a site with lik minded people looking to do to same feel free toemail me with any info.... you can also find me on f/b Christopher a freeman in lake havasu city Arizona... good luck with your plans!!

      • Where r u located and your age please.

  144. We r actually looking for a quiet, remote area 1 room cabin wood stove to heat or fireplace. We have been prepping, tired of the turn this country is taking & want complete privacy and serenity. We can pay low rent or rent to own but fix up to help pay rent. Desperate our walls r closing in fast! Please help. Willing to work small country town close by will work too. Gotta get out. We r prepared to hunt for food, protect ourselves.Please help

  145. In northern ontario there is a lot of beautiful land! Google map Joyce's lake, off hwy 62.... My personal dream area to live!

    • Laney ,hi

      My name is Bud ,I grew up within 20minutes of Joyce's lake .Have fished it many many , times . And the hundreds of lakes around it .If you need any info feel free to contact me .
      Is a nice dream.

  146. Ohioian here. I have been planning and training for a few years now and I have tied up all my loose ends and am ready to go. I am going at the end of summer before the weather turns. End of August to mid-September. Let me know if you are local and interested. I will go solo but I know that one more or a couple more would make it realistic and viable. I am not looking to set myself up to fail but willing to solo its if nothing else. Email me if interested or have any questions.
    Best of luck in life and godspeed.

  147. I have been looking at this question from a slightly different perspective: What happens when we have a major catastrophic disaster and our current technology is no longer viable? How can we begin fresh, in small communities, and build our own batteries, solar panels from scratch right from the materials of the earth? How can we build small motors, electrical devices as primitive as they might be so that not everything is lost? We have the technology to begin this NOW but I don't think anyone has ever started an investigation as to how to go about this.

  148. Me and my husband have been talking about this subject for a long time. I recently lost my job that I had worked for 7 years. We decided now is the time. We live in S.W. Missouri and was wondering if anyone knew of any good places to to this near my area? Also we have a pick up truck and are unsure what to do with it as we will need to get to a town once a month for doctor visits and possibly for any supplies we may have forgotten. Anyone have any suggestions? We only have 2 more weeks to finish our prepping for this then our rent is up and we have to go. We are both use to camping and roughing it and know the local edible plants. We are basically prepared the only thing we are not sure of is how to hide the truck or where and how to park it and where to go where we won't be found. All help is appreciated. Thanks.

    • Hello, move to the yukon lol! no one is out there and its beautiful sure there are bears and wolves but hey there is always going to be animals that are hunting you where ever you go. :) i am 16 and my dream is to move there.

    • I live in the K.C. area, I'm a nurse also and I'm exploring the option. I'm just so stinking sick of others telling us how to live our lives.

  149. hey i am patrick. I have been thinking for a long time for a change in the life pattern. I am an ex marine.We are a group of 7 people.We are moving out of this technical era into the wild.We are not couples just free thinkers who are willing to live this life.Well it sounds like a challenge,but what in life is not.I guess it takes some stupidity and lot of bravery in this act.We are 4 men & 3 girls.We are concentrating on having basic life saving skills and learning about survival in wild.We had a thought of having laptops in wild,though fascinating idea but will need some technical gatherings,as we are planning to stay long term.Lets hope for the best.

    • Where are you looking to "disappear?" I want to go. I have nursing/medical skills as well as basic woods skills. I am weary of this life I have worked so hard to be a part of. I yearn for simplicity.

      • I've been to Alaska and the North West. I really loved Montana and Washington. Oregon is nice also. I'm skilled in survival,ex- infantry,First responder and first aid certified. Fire training, hunting and gathering, horticulture. Weapons and ammo,survival gear, water purifying, tracking,sein net fishing. Military arctic,desert,and poison gas training. It's best to live 2 miles off amain road ,then you're allowed to legally poach what you need to survive without getting in any legal trouble, so long as you don't waste any meat ,hides,or fur

      • I've been stocking up and hopefully within a year I will be ready to go,ive been looking and talking to people wanting to live this lifestyle im hopin to find a female wanted the same thing,not as a couple just someone who can share the workload and have company,would be a wild adventure! lookin into the maine area so we can grow the plants and food we need and have wonderful hunting for food..the hardest part will be getting all the tools needed to build a cabin and the basic gear needed to survive..but having 2 people to share the load he trek would be much easier and deff more fun :)

      • 39 here and looking to go live in the wilderness also, have been planning on
        either Southern Oregon or Utah myself for over a year .. I have all the gear needed also $2000 worth
        of not just hiking but Living and survival gear .. I am also an avid hiker camper, can make fire with
        wood and ice etc ...
        hope to hear from ya thanks

  150. Hi! I am glad to know there r other people who want to go out and live in wilderness.Well on the contrary i guess it's just increasing the chance of running into the people or say society from which i want to get away.I wonder i run away from society,from my co workers,from relatives,from every one and then i find them all living in jungle.That's a nightmare.Well i don't now your situation & reason for living a "into the wild" extended version,but in a way it seems nice that i am not the only one.I am from india,30 years old.I tried last winter in mountains of North india,where some people told me stories of bear & panther attack so i couldn't sleep for 5-6 nights and just kept burning woods in all those nights in the jungle with no onearound for 10-15 miles.Well my personal experience, cold weather is worse then warm,specially when living without proper clothing or food in this case.I am thinking of some island or beach this time.I am thinking of starting from goa in south india or some other coastal area.I have never been to south india which includes goa,but i hope i might get a nice destination if can get far away from civilization.I don't want to live in dessert.Mountains are first choice because of serene n beautiful location but a beach will be the best place to survive.I am still thinking of my options.keep me updated on May u all get what you really desire.

  151. Hey guys, happy to see others who feel like me.... i feel closer to everyone here then all the people in my life even if i don't know any of you. You see i work in a bank call centre and do the whole 9-5 work for the weekend thing and it is eating my soul away. Soon i will have none. I stand still and watch others live their meaningless lives with delusions of grandeur and can't help but think society is corrupted and disgusting.

    I have wanted to leave for a few years ever since i saw the movie Into the Wild. That movie changed my life. I live in Canada, montreal to be precise, and the biggest reason why i am scared to even try this is the weather conditions. At least for 4-6 months a year, it is way too cold at night to sleep without fire or shelter. I am also scared of bear encounters in the wild. I did purchase myself a bear spray but it works only once or twice then it is empty. Maybe ill buy 1 or 2 extra lol

    I see myself finding a area of the woods that is remote somewhere in northern quebec or ontario or elsewhere and building a shelter and staying there for a few months. I would fish for food, hunt small game like squirrels and birds with a BB gun lol, no guns here this aint the states! =) I read about the mouse trap tip on some other poster and i think that is genius, they are light to carry and reusable..... me likes that for food in the wild. Would carry with me a emergency sack of rice for extra food.

    I however would love to do all of this with someone. If anyone is thinking about it, i am planning to leave in May this year, in about 1 month. Email me we can talk for fun, who knows, could be amazing.

    • I am married and fifty-two years old. I have worked at UPS for 24 of those years. My wife (Liz) and I are more than ready to leave society and live and learn in the wilderness. We are looking for the best place... I am reading the books... watching the TV shows and YouTube... I know living in the wilderness is NO vacation and a matter of true survival, but we are still ready. I have serious questions. Where is the best place for long-term living in the wilderness. I want to build a permanent structure somewhere... and I don't want to be bothered (except from those who I would invite). I need to know what tools and supplies to take with me... and where to go... ANY IDEAS?

      • I don't know where you are planning on going to or what you are looking for exactly, but reading the series My Side of the Mountain could give you some ideas and motivation! It's also just a really great read!

      • very risky to build a permanent structure on public lands. Your best bet is to buy a little piece of land on the edge of the wilderness. I assume you are wanting to live in the wilds for many years. You will get tired of playing hide and seek living on the public domain. I did this for many years before finally getting some land bordering national forest in far N. Idaho. Of course this is a compromise of "THE DREAM" but at least I am making it happen and have not regrettted it. Northern Idaho panhandle is rich in the resources one needs to survive, Lots of fish available year around. Firewood abundant, and great gardening if you have land to grow it on. There are so many wild edibiles here too. Huckleberry, rasb, serviceberries. Lots of wild greens to use as salads and cooked. If you go far enough north around here , like near Canada there are not to many people . Check it out. Good Luck to you wherever you end up. Glad to see others have the same mindset as I.

    • Hi alex! I live near Montreal too! Do you speak french?

  152. Hey my name is Adam I am 26 from England I have been traveling for 2 and half years around Australia and New Zealand but still I am living in a society that I have grown to hate full off technology, living for the weekend and working 9-5 just to pay the bills. I really want to live in the bush somewhere but I have no survival skills what so ever and wouldn't know where to start. I would like to do it with someone or learn some skills before I would do this. Does anyone have any recommendations on what I can do to prepare or someone who is interested in the same get in contact with me. You can email me

  153. I feel your pain and as I sit here on my oversized phone with its fancy touch screen I can't help but become sad at the person I have become. I'm 26 year old living in Alberta Canada, I grew up in the woods spending most of my life until 20 fishing and enjoying the wild. Somehow I got sucked into the world of money and now find myself working my ass off just to make it to the next weekend to go camping. I would love to talk to similar people about moving off the grid here in Canada. I know of some spot and have explored them, would be great to talk you can reach me at

    • Me and my bf live in ohio. We are also disgusted with this diseased society. We want to run away and survive for a living.. Live to get by. Please email me at

    • Hi Cody,

      Be careful. The laws and prejudices of society are toughest on people who are marginal, and you are dreaming of marginalizing yourself.

      If you don't have a residence address, you are screwed in a lot of ways. If you bail your job for the bush and actually stay there for a long time, you will need to be skilled in some sort of industry that will accept you when you bail back. Everyone lived in the bush at one point, so of course it's possible: it's the human society part of the equation that will get you.

      Also, money is the most important thing. You have to start with all the money you will ever need (and most of it must be kept in a bank) and you must over time accumulate and safely store all of the hard goods that you will, likewise, ever need; otherwise, inflation, because you're so young, will kill your savings to the extent that you will not be able to afford new gear thirty, forty years down the road.

      As for people, no. That will not work. If you cannot do it by yourself, don't do it.

      Alberta is the best place. There are a lot of reasons.

      The only people who will ever succeed in the wilderness alone are they who live like that for moral reasons. No one else will have a reason to tolerate the suffering. Because of that fact, no one except myself will ever succeed alone, but good luck.

      • yes I was gone for 10 years when I came back to society I was no longer in the system its been about 20+ years now and im just getting back in the system but feel a great regret for coming back into society I have a family and may just go back never to return travel the world in a primitive way ?

  154. I've wanted to leave everything behind for so long, its not that I don't love my family etc... I just feel what I'm living in is fake. The world dosent suit me, and I not suited for it. Not for now anyway, a move away to an isolated location, with minimum contact from people for at least half a year would set my life back on track, mature me and let me understand the world a liittle more...

  155. i wouldn't try this in Texas. They are backward and law enforcement is bloodthirsty. The courts will make a conviction happen if they don't like you for any reason at all. They will fabricate evidence, make up stories, whatever. I kid you not.

  156. Hey my name is Bryce and i'm 16, i've been wanting to do this kind of thing most of my life. i have spent the past 2 years of my life in Australian air force cadets, i have also been reading plenty of informational survival guides. for the past year, i have started to put these skills into test, in the wilderness. however due to school i have restrictions. the past school holidays i spent my longest period of time in the woods with my friend, it was 3 weeks, during this time i clearly knew that this was where i belong. i do plan to join the Australian air force for a few years but then i want to head on out to Alaska and try surviving in the wilderness there.

  157. Hey everyone

    I am also going to leave society behind. Unlike most people here I'm not from the US, I'm from Holland and I'm heading out to leave a solitary nomadic lifestyle in the biggest forest of the world called Russia. I have been prepparing for 2 years now so I'm very serious about it. In those 2 years I have been collecting equipment and learning survival skills.

    Since november last year I have been keeping a blog on my plans and prepperations. If you are planning to make it out there in the wilderness aswell you might want to take a peak at it for some information and inspiration..

    I will be leaving soon, very soon, in the end of May this year to be more precise, I am heading straight ahead, full throttle towards the biggest adventure of my life

  158. Hello all of my Fellow Free Thinkers who wish to live,survive and strive the ol' natural way. lol I have been taking this into consideration for some 2-3 years now, more so as time goes on. I am going to get a dog, that is able to deal with cold weather and just foot it and live, rather than staying stationary and trying to survive off one area, I am planning on footing it from Florida, the Tampa area, yeah thats right, just me and my pup, heading north out of the state then northwest beyond that, I guess you could call it drifting, as I am drifting with the winds of change and going to be surviving the flow of time in a way that seems best fit to me. Society among other things has caused its own downfall that has been seen from the distance for many moons now.. They Call me Fl!pz so if you hear that name, Peaceful journeys and good fortunes my friends, also soon to be that white boy with dreads, as it will make life easier to manage.. and focus on what needs to be focus on.. more power to you all with the balls to tell the world to fuck off, and go live naturally, maybe our paths will cross at some point, Farewell for now travellers.

  159. Your all crazy!! However I so admire you guys just picking up and leaving society to be happy. I really envy that. Good luck. I'll be waiting right here eating my processed food,Carbonated beverages, wanting to hear your adventures!! Be safe!

  160. Me and a group of people want to live in a forest somewhere in Canada for a month during the summer. We are just having trouble finding a location with out people. Any Ideas?

    • Canadas huge vast wilderness would make great coverage for the adverage "squatter" as the law inforcement calls you. I doubt any plave would be more safe than any other just to stay far away from any used tracks and locations. Hope use work it out, sorry i couldnt be any mOre help

  161. I am very interested in a lifestyle where I provide everything for myself.
    I would love to be able to drop everything right now and move out to the the wilderness. I am only 18 and know that this way of life is in no way easy. My plan is to graduate college, acquire skills and tools, take a month or 2 out of my life to experience isolation from society, and then make a decision to continue life in this manner or to go back to society.
    If you have done this before, please email me your stories and/or tips that would help me throughout a journey I would like to take.


  162. I urge people to try a 3 days adventure to a state park that has primitive camp sites first. I do want to leave society behind also but i am not ready to do this yet. You need to know real survival skills. There is no medical attention and what would you do if your gall bladder went out on you. or you had a heart condition. What if it was winter how would you start a fire? I would find a place that teaches you these survival skills before you just adventure out in the wild. the wild is dangerous. A simple twisted ankle could kill you. very hard to live out there and it is unforgiving too. Just food for thought.

  163. It's amazing how many people here share the same dream. I too am aching for this kind of lifestyle. I'm 28. Can hike 15 miles a day easily. Have money for extensive supplies. Good fisherman. Decent woodworker. Strong will. Good heart. Thinking about leaving sooner than later, depending on the certain things. Currently living in CO, but AK would be my go to place. Hit me up if you're thinking what I'm thinking and are serious, have skills. Two's always better than one. Three or four wouldn't be bad either.

    • I'm prepping myself to live outside of societies reach. I'm going to be brief here as I intend to write my story on the web with intentions to find people who are serious in this lifestyle. I currently live in northern california. I have finances that will allow me to prep for this correctly. I was in the military (USMC Force Recon Bttn) and learned good survival skills. I'm 34 years old, athletic, and have a spice for life..real life, not the bullshit that this world is turning into. If interested in a partner or an addition to your group, I'm 100% serious and intend to move from CA by the end of february 2013.

  164. I am currently working on obtaining the gear and intel for walking away from society. I would be very interested in talking with others that share the same goals. Lemme know

    • Hi marc, youve certanly came to the right site,
      Ive been trying to find a couple of people who are seriously dedicated on
      Making a change and actualy are trying to organize this great adventure but ive come across
      A great number who are apparently all talk, would be great to discuss your thaughts and plans more. Feel free to email me

      • I'm in Australia, and want to get away.......permanently, to live in the bush.
        look me up if in Australia, and serious.... Please don't waste my time.

        • I'm in the far north of Western Australia's with a low population area, no water shortages, no great danger of bush fires, warm climate, fish, kangaroo and other edibles galore!!! this has been my dream since '86...the older I get, the more I feel the need to do this...I need to wait until my 14yr old son fly's the coupe before I can venture off into the bush and NEVER to return!!

        • Hi Craig, My name is Sandra. I don't know how old this post is whether it's still valid or not and if so can you please contact me a.s.a.p. to the email address above or incase you have problems. I am dead set serious in living life in the bush packed and ready to venture out and solo if need be within the week. If I can get somebody or a small group even better. I see alot of people wanting to do this just not alot in Australia. Am after people wanting to live life in the wilderness within Australia, Qld up north, out west, NT, SA those kind of area's..... My idea of living in the bush is for free & roughing it - taking my most basic essentials, seedlings the things that'll help make it easier while i grow, learn and build my camp area. If I venture out solo I will have my two little dogs so I wont completely be alone. If you're already out there happy camping and stay safe;) I'm willing to meet somewhere, work on a plan - compromise. Of cause strong - physically and mentally, honesty,trust and being reliable would have to be a must. Even if you know of a website that has more Australia with people who want and are ready to do this now would be helpful. Anyway hope to hear from you or someone soon. Warm Regards Sandra

        • Oh I aint waisting no time at all. Packed and rearing to go early Sunday morning. I've got my dogs, my tent and the basic things I need. From Brissy heading out West. Have mentioned here on another post that have room for one more. It is a bit of a tight squeeze with more luggage but could manage it if need be. If you know of someone send'm my way.

      • Hello there

        l am 23 yrs old and im from Texas, I too am looking for a life outside society living primitively. I am dead serious about this, and I am trying to leave as soon as possible. I served in the US Army for 4 years and Boy Scouts when I was younger, so I do have skills that would be usefull and necessary. Im an avid fishermen and hunter, young, in good shape, and have tools and supplies ready to go. The only thing I havent figured out is the location I will go too. I do not have have a problem with going in a SMALL group, at the most 5. I have a good sense of humor and im a team player so im very easy to get along with. - email address


        good luck to all

  165. Steve, I commend your dream and ideas. Ilive in Tampa. Florida's public lands are managed by the state. Because of the beauty and tourism, it would be hard to find land without eventually being told to leave. For as a "walkabout" it is an excellent choice. It's nice in the winter and there is plenty to eat in the winter when all our crops grow best. The summers are brutal with rain everyday, but it is a beautiful state in the winter. This morning was inthe 50's and will get to 74. I hope you get to do your walkabout in florida. Bring sufficient tools and supplies and sadly in todays world you'll have to have cash or you could work as crop picker which pays cash daily. Good luck

    • I can't stand that everything revolves around illusions like money, and ridiculous laws in society. It's hard to find genuinely good folks anymore. My wife and i are currently stocking up on tools and supplies, and doing our research on where to go, and what to expect weather and nature wise. We want to be completely away from people/rangers etc... natives are ok. I already know how to build a shelter except for how to waterproof my roof... but I've got ideas and I'm very resourceful and pack much common sense. I know how to determine edible plants, make smokeless fires and leather meat smoking tents. I've got a good pellet gun for quiet small game hunting, and plenty of string and hooks for fishing, but we are lost as to where to go. Any ideas will be great. I'd also like to make string from tendons... and how to make leather for clothing from deer hide. Any info would be awesome! We wish to completely live off the land, taking only what's necessary to survive, never giving a damn about another dime once we begin our life in the wild... think Grizzly Adams without ole ben, and a damn good woman... that's what I want...and am actively pursuing... help please! Can email me at with any info... real and genuine only please!

  166. am 27 and the dream of being free from this world has been on my mind for most of my life and i know theres alot of people that feel the same this world is not a fair place to live in anymore living in the woods or forest desert mountains and so on should be everyones right i read most of these post alot are most of the time we do this alone why cant we make little villages in these places like this were we can be in little commitnitys working togeather like we should be in stead of tring to make more money then each other
    i have alot more to say but i know more then me just thinking it and sometime am really hard to understand but i will be living in the washington state in the wilderness not too long from now i have meny ideals

  167. I have also dreamed of living such a "free" lifestyle. I say lets do it... there seem to be quite a few here that want the same thing,,perhaps we can all experiment and go for it. This upcoming summer would be perfect to try it out. Gimme a shout and lets make it happen.

  168. I have really enjoyed reading these comments.

    This is exactly what I want to do with my life! I live in South Africa and most of you would probably say that this is the perfect place to live in the wilderness. Think again my friends. There is really no place to live a life like this. All the land here is owned by someone and I can guarantee you being shot by someone if you find yourself on their land. The only real wild left here is in nature reserves.

    People here think I am an idiot wanting to live in "the wild". At the moment I am strongly considering going to another country to live my dream live. I really have a passion for a life like this!!

    At the moment I leave home when its stil dark, sit in an office all day and only arive at home when its dark again... This is killing me!!!

    If anyone somewhere in the world need a companion to live with you in the wild please contact me at

    Good luck to all of you!!

    • hey Jaco
      i live in Cape Town and have the same ideas as you, i believe there are places in South Africa where this can be done, ie Transkei or Knysna forrest.
      my cell no is 0792673597, lets get chatting buddy. im keen

  169. Ever since I was young I've always had this gnawing feeling in the back of my mind and gut telling me that this life isn't really meant for me. Now that I'm 21 I feel more than ever that I've got to make a change. At least once a week I have dreams of having a team of sled dogs going about in the brush of Alaska. I've always been into survival and learn new things constantly everyday. Whether through books or just trial and error I'm always looking for new survival techniques. My idol is Dick Proennoke, if anyone has ever heard of him, and would love to build my own little one room cabin for myself to live alone out there (I can even appreciate the survival techniques and suggestions in the TV show 'Doomsday Preppers'). To me, it's not a pipe dream at all, it's just a matter of when. This gnawing aching feeling is growing each day and I don't want to keep living my 13 hour work days, being depressed and anxious at home, and feeling alone in a crowd. I've always loved being outside, camping, fishing. I'm from Illinois, but the city drove me nuts so I moved to Washington. I'm still stuck bustling here even. So, all that being said, I'm making my plans to leave this empty life style and full fill my life long dream. People keep bringing me down telling me that I'm naive and idiotic, but I disagree completely. Some people are just meant for that sort of lifestyle. I have the skills and am learning to shoot. If anyone has any words of support, suggestions, or just would like to share experiences I'd love to hear more. I just want to talk to like minded people who don't think I'm wrong for feeling this way. Thanks guys and good luck with your dreams!

    • Hello everyone, reading through these comments and questions have truely transformed me. In my daily life, I have always had a urge to leave these societal binding, but that was it, just an urge. Now it has evolved into a burning sensation, I can barely hold back the tears when I think of the journey that i am now preparing for. I haev always had a different view of life, and it's many meanings, i believe that my vision has been clouded, I want to clear it. I would continue on but i am currently under some time restraints.

      anyone willing to talk about their experiences in the wild, or how they want to leave, please email me at

    • Tara follow your dreams and do it just be sure you do your home work on this. I also seen the story of Dick and it has truely inspired me. I have been thinking of moving some where in Alaska also and have come to the conclusion of going just don't know when or how. I love the outdoors and just seeing everything Dick accomplished outdoors in Alaska has just drove my desire to follow suit.

    • Hi my name is kalo, I share this dream with you. One day I want to take off to Alaska and never come back, live off the grid. Normal life is not for me, my dream started when I was really young watch dick prenekee. Get back at me I would like to hear from you. I live in Washington aswell

    • Hey Tara I think you should go for it. If you don't you will probably regret it for the rest of your life. I have been thinking of doing the same thing for the last couple of years.I've just been waiting for the right opportunity and the right time. I wish you the best of luck and the best of Avengers.

    • Tara,

      I understand how you feel 100%, as would most everyone on this post topic, I would think. You are not alone in the way you think, or feel. You, as what seems like most people on this site have figured out, there is more to life than "this". I can say I have done my best at trying to "fit in" as the material world wants people too, but I can't do it. I have that gut feeling you spoke of myself and the longer I live this mundane life, the more I can't help but want to get away from it and live free. As I said earlier though, I just simply wanted to reply to your post when I seen it to say you are not alone, don't let the world get at you for the way you think or see it, and do what your heart tells you. Good Luck

    • People keep bringing me down telling me that I'm naive and idiotic, but I disagree completely. I disagree totally also Tara. I am now 61 yr old Canadian man living in Calgary near the Rockies. My partner is a Blackfoot woman and we have both grown up in the great outdoors and would like to spend our remaining years living together in the wilderness in a cabin, I sometimes wish that i would have made this move a long time ago but I guess it wasn't the right time. But if you feel it is the right time for you just go for it and let those who are non supportive remain in the city.

      "Ever since I was young I've always had this gnawing feeling in the back of my mind and gut telling me that this life isn't really meant for me." To listen to one's own heart takes courage and independence but the payoffs are worth it. I have yet to be sorry for times in nature but I have many regrets and hard life lessons from my time in a city.

      You are not wrong for feeling this way Tara. On the contrary this kind of thinking may be absolutely necessary. People are born to be free, to explore and to be trailblazers rather than clock watchers in a life that is boring, unsatisfying and unfulfilling. Follow your heart!!!

    • I remember the day it all came true for me,, I was driving through the northern part of PA and working for a very large international corp. It was in the fall of 1968 and I got the feeling this is not what I wanted to do the rest of my life.. So I bought a new VW and the sales guy asked me how much I wanted to put down. I reached in my pocket and pulled out $15.00 dollars and he said, is that all. Well I said,, if I had more with me, maybe I would put more down.. He said,,, that the $ 15.00 dollars would work. Welll,,, that was my start,, then I started to read everything I could about the west coast and settled on Oregon,, since it was not over populated, with good hunting and fishing. That was important,, since I have done that all my life in Ohio as a kid and spent everday in the woods,, just walking around,, watching the animals and learning about the outdoors and about the simple things in life.
      Well,,, the day before Christmas 1968 I started the beginning of my new life,, Packed the new VW,, kissed the wife and two daughters goodbye and I was off. Two and a half days later I was in Oregon. Stayed with my uncles brother,, who I did not know, but he knew me when I was born and maybe a couple of year later he had moved to CA, then up to Oregon to start a small cattle ranch. Then I started to look for a job and most people would say,,, how did I leave a good job in PA and come all the way across the country with a job or very little money??? My reply was,, well there are two million here in this state working,, why wouldn't I be able to find a job??? Some employers were shocked and would not hire me.
      Anyway, I got a job and that started my life in Oregon,,, Then later I divorced moved to Idaho, then Montanta, then Alaska,, when I arrived in Alaska,, I only had $50.00 dollars remaining,, Later after another divorce I returned to Oregon with a short stay in the state of Washington. When I finally returned to Oregon it was in 1991. I lived there until 2006, when I decided to retire when the US economy crashed,, married again and reitired here in northern Peru and I am now in the process of relocating to either Ecuador or Argentina...

      After all of this,, the real point is,,, do exactly what you want to do,, live goes on. I went to my 50th highschool class reunion and sat down at a table and the guy next to me had heard about me and asked me.. What did I do over the last 50 years of my life and my reply was,,, Just exactly whatever I wanted to do,, his reply and question was,,, what about your job,,, My reply was,,, I have told more than one president of a company to take his job and stuff it... I always make a point wherever I worked,,, that I made money for the company and cost them nothing,, but the president of a company was a big cost to company and that makes him a liability,,, I was never a liability to any company or society itself. so I could always say stuff it and walk away without regret.

      The whole point to this is do it your way,, when you want to do something,, use common sense and judgement and do not wait for someone else to give you the feel good,, or that a boy go get um. Because,, in the end you are going to have to do it yourself and do not expect someone else to hold your hand... Because if something bad happens,, it is your problem.. The only advise and permission you need is your own..
      In the end,,you will have accomplished a lot and will have been your own man,, there will be a lot of great things happen and some very bad things happen,, but unless some of these bad things happen,, you would never know how good life can ever be.
      Try it!!!


    • Tara,, the next person that says your an idiot or naive,, just reply by saying,, I just received a lot of bills and they are all due now.. then ask the question,, when are you coming over to paid them??? Then say,, do not ever again tell me I am naive or an idiot,,, I wilL pay my own bills and do exactly what I want to do in this life. You can stay here and watch to world go by and I am going to be part of the future.

      I used to go to the start in Anchorage, AK and then the finish in Nome AK. of the Iditarod dog sled race. I had friends who where in the race. , I have met the father JoeRredington of the Iditarod. Who took out a loan on his house, so there would be a winning purse for the first place finisher. I also met the mother, as she was called. She was the newspaper writer ( Dorthy ) from Anchorage, who helped promote the Iditarod. I have also met Libby Riddles,, the first lady to win the Iditarod and Susan Butcher,, who has won the Iditarod many times.

      So Tara,, what I am trying to say is get on with your life and do not look back,, always forward and accomplish whatever your goals are.. Then later in life,, if someone ask the question.. What have you done all these years,, your replay can be just exactly whatever I wanted and had a great time do it.

      Move on,, your ready.


  170. Oh how my heart aches for living in the woods, i am in the U.K and desperately want to be out in the wilderness. I own a tine piece of land and camp out there as much as I dare, without upsettting the nearest village.

    I have been to Alaska 20 years ago for the summer, and Sweden too, I would just love to live this life all the time, close to nature and as one person says I can't think of a better way of dieing than giving my body back to the earth at the end of this life.

    All my freedoms have been exchanged for a government that says it will look after me if I work 9-5 and pay my tax, but the way I see it is that it has taken away my evolutionary inheritance, the authentic life and given me consumerism, a care home in old age where I can be senile and uncared for, a myriad of plastic consumerbles instead of real handmade crafted, belongings, the throw away society. Marketed the Dream of cheap everything, traded in our freedom and integrity to the international corporations, so that our children caan sit in their bedrooms watching TV, interfacing on social media and be taught their morals by strangers we don't want in our houses, the so called "celebrities".

    So when people tell me I wouldn't like it Out There,I know that that I because they are the ones that are frightedned, not me.

    Give me a short life of authenticity lived in the woods or the wilderness anytime, over a 100 years of acheing to be free in the drudgery of modern life.

    • Hi ,julie my name is Bud I have been preparing for a move into the wildernes of northern Ontario
      now for the last couple of years .Building the supplies I will require to sustain the transition .Items to
      build a long term shelter or cabin,very indepth medical and safety supplies .Etc ,etc ,etc . I grew up spending much of my early life living from natures bounty . I am so tried of soceities restraints . I believe the only thing I should likey miss I think is someone special to share it with . I agree with all you have written in your note .Well put ,and any comments you would like to share would be greatly appreciated .

  171. Hey all, this made me realize whats missing from my life. I was in the army, and im a crack shot.
    I don't have any money, but i want to give up on this rat race, to embrace the things i once held nearest to my heart. I'm willing to work hard, and learn, if you can help me, please email me at

  172. I have really enjoyed reading these comments.

    I have spent 63 days in southern Utah wilderness, I cooked my own food from powdered milks & wheat & the like. We hiked to multiple 5 gallon "blueies" every day, about 5-10 mile hikes. I built my pack from a Y cut of branch, a tarp, and, some thin rope. Used the tarp as a tent. I learned to "bust a coal" from a sage spindle, how with small rope attached, and a juniper fire board, with a flat soapstone rock as the spinner. I learned resilience, perseverence, and self worth. I would absolutely love to take the next step and proceed into wilderness, albeit with the knowledge and skills nessecsy to survive.

    I am twenty years old, of sound mind and body, and would love even discussing tips, ideas, Plans and the like.... You can't contact me at

    Thank you

  173. wow, im keira , im 27 and i have been trying to find a spot in alaska to start out in.
    i have wanted to move to the wild for a few years now,i am in the air force and i no how shitty the world is
    getting first hand.

    i have no kids and i grew up in the wild , my father was a wilderness guide , i can catch fish ,make small traps for rabbits and coons ect. and i can make fire .

    i have taken classes to learn how to make small one room cabins and taken classes to learn what mushrooms and wild greens you can find and eat ,

    im looking to get out of this dam rat race ,to live free if any one nos a place in alaska to start up please share it with me .or if any others are looking to do the same in alaska let me no as well .

    e-mail me at

    lets all get out and live with the drama of the "world"

    • KEIRA I tried to email you twice about Alaska, but the email was returned as undeliverable. Is it or From Hank

  174. hey im 20 ..and have prepared to move into the wilderness...i know survival..i know how to build im an all around handyman ..have guns knive and all other goal is 1 year atleast living completely off the a cabin trap and hunt,fish..and eventually make own clothes to use and get rid of modern wear....wild and free native style....looking to find girls or guys 18 or above to come along...i think 2-4 people would be a great time....feel free to email expierience needed ..i can teach you...just looking for people with the same love for wilderness untouched by man...possibly meet over skype to discuss...thanks

    • hey I might be interested in what you propose. I am 26 have been planning something like this for years. I am going out to the sierra for a the month of august here in California. But I am very much interested in your plans. Feel free to write me an email.

    • Eamon i would deffently go with you if i could sadly im only 13 but i have spent time learning from native americans how to love the wilderness im a skilled riful shooter im sick and tierd of the mordern day life it makes me sick thinking about living in a aprartment in a busy city takeing more resorces than i need i have went into the woods many times but i went for 3 days with only a knife bottle flint and steel a little fishing line hook and a wool blanket in boyscouts with 3 other boys in my boyscout troop i would rather die in the woods rather than to live in a city contributing to this land wich was onece nature.

  175. Hello all, it's nice to hear there are more out there like myself. I've always felt I was born in the wrong age personally and with the direction the government is going, well I'm sick of it. I'm planing on saving up until next June and trying to learn more survival. While I've always been close to nature and spend much time in it, I never had to really learn how to "survive" so if anyone else runs across any great sites that they recommend I would love a link :) Not that I won't be looking anyways but you never know. Also would love to hear what area's people are thinking about going. I was thinking about going down to Florida and going on a walkabout. Hopefully finding a place to live. I want a piece of land and a garden but I don't see that happening if I stay. Anyways would love to hear from anyone and will be checking back occasionally.

  176. I am looking to meet others who are interested in living in the wilderness. Would be best if each individual has a certain skill or trade. Feel free to contact me at

  177. I've read all of your posts on this forum and I'm amazed at how many people want to get away from the all the BS in the world and especially here in the good old US of A. I am also studying different survival sites and learning alot about living off the grid. I don"t know if any of you work in the medical field but it is becoming so ridiculous with all the government regulations, etc. Now there talking about putting more security cameras in the h0spital where I work. There even saying it is legal to put security cameras in the rest rooms as long as they don"t show a person from the waste down! Anyway I have a lot of medical training and I was a Navy Corpsman and a Field Medic with the USMC. I'm definetly think about living in the wilderness, and after studying alot of survival situations the past year I am just about ready to do it. A few more supl[ies, and I am ready. Today is July 4 ( Imagine That ) Independence Day. 2012.
    Do any of you have that eerie feeling that something big or bad is about to happen? I lice in Southeast Colorado and have been to the Mountains alot and usually get a sad feeling when I have to come back. I have thinking about doing some Gold Prospecting, (for something to do) but I imagine I'll find plenty to do. Does anyone have any good ideas where it is Legal to live in the wilderness? USA - ALASKA - CANADA. Please let me know. I'm single now and no children. Definetly nothing to keep me in the city.
    Thank you all again-What a great Forum!!!

    • Hank, in just about all areas of the country you have to keep moving around every few weeks to keep from getting in trouble. Dont hang around close to civilization and go deep into the mountain areas and fix you a camp before winter sets in. Make sure you take a few good knives non of those $9.00 flea market specials. Invest in a few really good ones full tang is the best from a good maker. Find you a place not far from a good water source and make sure you know how to make fire several ways. Water is no good if you cant purify it. Wish I was younger I would be out there already. lol
      Yes you can feel the situation getting worse here in the country every day. Get to your new wildneress home before the SHTF or you may not be able to get there. Best of luck.

      • Thanks Charlie for the advice. Do you or anyone else know when the SHTF is going to happen? I'm reading different forums and some of the folks are saying it's going to be the end of August, others say the end of summer. Of course no really knows yet, except maybe the " The Powers that Be " Still trying to get ready and looking into different areas to go to. Also trying to find a good tent stove and Solar Battery Charging Kit, I wonder if they are any good in the winter? I have a good Generator, but it would cost way too much for gas in the winter. Thanks again all, and be prepared!

        • Look up Rocket Stoves. They are easy to build and you can make your own. They are good for heat and good for cooking. We are looking to make some soon.

  178. wow thats amazing how many people actually want to live in the wilderness alone, away from this BS thats out in the city life. i actually thought i was the only one who felt this way. In a few years, as soon as im 18 and legally allowed to move out of my parent's house, i will definetly go out into the wild and live my dream. i am currently 16 but i will have to wait 2 years :(
    i also have $3,000 in my bank account which i am willing to spend it all on supplies for a permanent camping trip.

  179. Hey, my name is Kolin and I have had this dream for as long as I can remember. For awhile I tried to compromise with myself and the people in my life. I went to school and majored in anthropology. My favorite area of study was prehistoric people. Not a day would go by though that I didn't think about just dropping everything and following my dream to live in the wilderness. Everything I have learned over the years has all just confirmed what I already thought. In order to live in a truly responsible manner , living off the land is the only way. So now I got to the end of my college career and I am not even sure I can finish. Not following my dream gradually put me into a huge depression but ever since I decided on my path, that I need to live in the wild, I have felt myself again, for the first time in years. My days are now filled with prepping and researching how and where I should do this. Right now I am thinking somewhere in the pacific northwest or Canada. Possibly along the coast, since resources are more plentiful and easy to access there. I spend alot of time reading other peoples experiences for ideas. But my goal right now is to really decide on a location so I can better prepare for that specific location. I have been trying to figure out a legal way to do this but everything I find makes it seem its not possible, short of getting permission from some private land owner. If anyone is seriously interested in doing this, the time frame I am dealing with is finish preparing for the next 3 months and either start in June 2012. This is a huge undertaking, especially for someone like me. I have spent time in the wilderness, but lack experience in hunting/ storing my own food. Which is my main goal between now and June. I welcome any input, experiences, comments, advice, etc. So please feel free to contact me.

    • I'm only 16 years old, but i have no goal in my life at the moment. I left school last year and had no interest in going to college at all, and I've been working with my father to make money. My family is poor and we get by just about. I have always wanted to be able to survive in the wild alone, but i don't have experience. Also, i don't know if i could just walk out the door saying that i'm going to live the best i can alone. I have never brought it up with my parents but there is a chance i could do it. I'm not immature really, i'm 16 i know, i'm relatively childish sometimes because i'm young but i am responsible and i'm not your average teenager i guess. The idea of living away from everything and trying to get by really appeals to me, society is just one big mess & it's so ugly, i find it really hard to watch to be quite honest. I'd just like the most honest advice really, you know? Just someone telling me if i could do it if i got a guide and some tools and stuff, i do really believe i could do it, and i want to so much! I live in the UK by the way. It's not exactly dangerous but i wish to move away also.

    • Hi there. My name is Eric. I grew up in the woods of Pennsylvania. I currently live in New Mexico. I served 4 years in the army. I have all the hunting and survival skills necessary to live off the land. If you are looking for someone to accompany you on your journey than give me a call at 5758055824. I am single with no children. I am 27 and of sound mind and body.

  180. I'm so delighted I stumbled across this site and found more people that share my passion with the wild and also the disgust in how this once beautiful world is turning out. I'm only 20 but have realized how much I'd love to bid farewell to this place and live the way we were meant to instead of being corrupted by all thease ideals forced upon us and laws among laws forbidding our freedom. Feel free to email me on

  181. Have you already left on your trip dave?

  182. I've actually decided to make the trek and move to Alaska. I'm a 31 year old man. My children passed away a few years ago and I always had the dream of living in the wilderness. I grew up in the mountains along the Appalachian trail, having relatives who trained me in trapping and various other survival skills. I have built 2 log cabins now. When I say cabins I don't mean those gorgeous ones with electricity, indoor plumbing, wifi and all that city jazz; I'm talking the traditional 1-2 bedroom version with a cobble stone fireplace or wood burner. I'm looking for like minded individuals who are serious about a plight into the wild. Removing oneself from the race of society and living the way God had intended. Is it possible to do this on your own? Of course it is, however we are all programmed to a certain degree to seek out social interaction and a neighbor can always be nice should you require a helping hand in skinning out large game or other odds and ends. If you have serious plans in living this kind of life let me know and lets get this thing planned.


      If your serious join the above link, lets start planning for this

  183. Hi Bruce. I too have grown children and 1 daughter age 11. I usually spend every summer in Canada being flown or boated into a wilderness outpost cabin and I now want so much to spend the rest of my life in either Canada or the Alaskan wilderness. I hope to find other people who share my passion and would like to live thier lives out in the mountains.

    • ~ Wanting to move to the Mountains .. ~ I have and know everything
      for survival, been there and done it .. easy going and like democracy lol not arrogant
      or mean etc .. Just wanting to live free bro ~ I currently live in Northern Arizona

      39 here and looking to go live in the wilderness also, . I have all the gear needed also $2000 worth
      of not just hiking but Living and survival gear .. I am also an avid hiker camper, can make fire with
      wood and ice etc ...
      hope to hear from ya thanks

  184. I am with all of you and glad that i found this site. Information on doing this has been great and helped me make my my decision to go through with living in the wild. I too am disgusted with how things are in this world and would like to be one with nature and live in peace. Currently living in wyoming and in the spring going up around the tetons or yellowstone and making life change for the rest of my life. If anyone has more info on laws or would like to join me on this quest please only serious replies, email me.

    • Your email?

  185. I've noticed allot of people like to talk about this life style change but haven't found one person that's actualy willing to make the leap. So here's an invite from a man who has done it to anyone who is willing to try it, please read my posts on this thread and if your intrested send me a email so we can talk further. I'm bringing allot more then just an idea to the table.

    • He! He! I'm venturing out early Sunday morning to start my new adventure but in Australia no bears here. Leaving from Brissy heading out west have room for one more. Might be bit of a tight squeeze but where there's a will there's away to fit anymore luggage in. If you know of someone send'm my way. But sunday I am leaving and nothings holding me back.

  186. I would like to get away from everything. Everything that complicates our lives. I wish to live in the mountains where it takes true grit and brains to out live your surroundings. Its healthy, natural, and time fulfilling but you'll wake up every morning feeling better each time knowing that this is how it should be :)

  187. I felt the same way and, over the past year so so, transitioned to wilderness living. Dodging the man is the easy part. I use a hammock and a large frame backpack, plus several caches in the local state and national parks. Never had a problem with the rangers. It's the loneliness and feelings of isolation that are the toughest at first, but it gets easier all the time. Can't beat the lifestyle: I hike, lay around on the beach with books, catch a wifi to use my laptop, go to free events, free museum days, you name it. And there's nobody around to tell what to do or how to think of where to go or any of the rest. Staying dry and presentable can be a challenge, too, but it's a skill you'll develop. Get to know the more reputable of the local hobos and you'll learn a lot about free local resources. Right now, I live on about $20/week, I only work two days per month, and life is great. Really, I don't know why I ever worked and paid rent. Anyway, best of luck, friend!

  188. I too would like to build a cabin in the coastal wilderness in Alaska or elsewhere. I love the wilderness and feel a kinship with it. I cannot offer money but can offer hardwork and knowledge. I am 35 years old. I have worked in media for 15 years, I am an avid mountain biker, snowboarder, hiker, kayaker. I have worked at wilderness camps and have extensive knowledge of animals.

    I would love to build a cabin from scratch in the middle of nowhere and enjoy the solitude, the honest work and maybe a little panning for gold for giggles. The entire lifestyle runs through my blood.

    Thank you

    • Hi Jennifer,I like what you wrote. I have done this and am thinking about doing it again.I've only been out of the woods for about a year and a half and i feel so sad that i left.Ever since i was a little boy i have loved nature allot more then anyone i have ever met,and the feeling is getting stronger and more real as i get older. Many summers as a teen i would head into the bush and many times i would not come back out till later in the summer. Doing nothing more then living with nature and exploring. Much like a walkabout but only in the wilderness. So about 7 years ago i was interested in a 4 month trip into a place called Smith's Sound. A Bald Eagle nesting site that was only accessible by boat. So i bought a boat along with many other things needed for a 4 month stay alone and headed on my way. After arriving and setting up i was tired and it was late in the day. Just then a group of 10 poachers come into view and they tell me they think i am a officer trying to bust them for fishing without having the proper paper work. I tell them the diff and they didn't believe me. They told me to leave and it was scaring me cause here i am in the middle of no where being threatened by 10 big men. It was almost dark so mostly all i could see was there shapes. I asked them as nicely as i could if they would allow me to stay just till morning and i would indeed pack up and leave. I told them over and over that i was there to photograph eagles but they insisted i was there to photograph them poaching. The next morning just before the sun came up i packed and left. this made me so mad. All the research,time,work and money went into that trip and i was unable to do it. I told myself that something like this would never happen again.So 6 years ago,after looking or a year,i bought a very large peace of land on the east coast of Newfoundland. Its so big i have been lost on it many many time.(50 acres) Now no one could make me leave. I choose a nice grassy meadow and i built a small cabin and have lived there alone with my 5 dogs for the past 6 years. Cutting and selling firewood and building material harvested from my land to make money. My wife does not like the "ruffing it in nature" life style so i have been doing this all alone. She had been living about 150km east of me in her house till about 2 years ago she moved to Calgary to be with her mother and father. Then last summer i had been thinking about spending the following winter in Calgary with her. So 15 months ago i came to Calgary with my wife. I knew after one week here that i had made a mistake. after being alone in the woods for so many years all the movement and noise around me make me so nervous and sad. I miss my little cabin so deep in the woods. I miss the little yellow birds that come in the month of May and the owls that hoot by the stream that runs in front of my cabin door. Watching the fire burn on stormy nights and and having the sun hit my face as it wakes me up in the morning. I have something inside of me that pulls me into nature and when i allow it to happen i find piece in it and within myself. Many times in my life i have done this but this last stretch in the woods was my longest yet. It was hard sometimes but i have had 15 months to think about my time there i do realize it was all worth it. I now know that if i could live for 6 years in the wilderness alone and still want to be there,i could very easily spend the rest of my life there and be content. I did miss being with women sometimes but for the most part it never did bother me much. The amount of work needed to live comfortably in nature is strenuous and would leave me very tired most days anyway. I think its very possible i would someday stay for good and not come back because i have never found the same peace anywhere,with anything or with anyone,that i have found in wilderness living.
      All the best

      • Hi Darrell,I live on the edge of wilderness living and always have.Spent my life as a logger,trapper,fisherman andhunter.I live in NS and spent a lot of time in NFLD.I always figured it offered on of the best escape enviroments there is but unlike NSprivate land is scares over there unless your in a community.If you have not returned would you consider selling it.My email is

    • i live in Texas (The Woodlands) and looking to head into the forest pretty quick.. i have been planning this for sometime and i am looking for others that are ready to do the same.

      Willing to go pretty much anywhere

  189. I too feel the same way. I've been seriously looking for a way to get away from it all. I dont know why but I just feel like I've grown away from society and was born in the wrong era. I really want to build my own cabin and just live in the wilderness with nothing but nature around me. I envy Louis and Clark on their journey across America. Lately I've just been looking for tips and suggestions on living in the wild. I live in the midwest and if anyone wants to seriously consider living in the wild send me an email or something.

    • I'm right there with you.

      • I'm ready to do this.

    • Hi Andrew

      There is a life time of tips i COULD give you regarding wilderness living, but heres a copy of part of a email i wrote to a man who was thinking about doing the same thing you are.I think it might open your mind about a few things many people wont think of.I hope you injoy and learn something =)
      Hello Martin,
      Iam very happy you enjoyed my email to time goes on i will be more then happy to tell you all i can and all you want about my experinces in the bush...Its very supprizing how no mater how much you prepare for every possable obstical when heading into the bush and still able to miss the biggest obstical of all,yourself ;) Seems a little corny to read it but nothing could be closer to the truth. There no preping for that obstical.Its going to seem so bad at first and it will make you want to leave. you might find yourself bending your original plan to acomadate your strugle with yourself BUT DONT. I relized after i finaly got over the struggle with myself what had really happened.Men like you and i, we believe living to be something different then society thinks it should be. yet up till now we have lived according to society and just like a tree collects dust we too collect the emotonal dust of the world around us.One of your biggest struggles will be sheading this emotional dust. You have to be honest with yourself in order to get over it but when you do i promice you the world will look brighter,the grass will be greener and you my friend will fall in love with nature all over agen.its a most sole moving experince and a bending shift in your way of thinking and what you really hold important in life will shift with it.ITS AT THIS POINT YOU START LIVING. I am not saying this is the only struggle you will have in the bush but it will be one of the biggest to happens because when you arive in the bush there is nothing familar.for some reason we need repatition in our life to feel normal.this strugle for me lasted a year and it was so hard on me but i stuck with it and it wasnt till i witness the seasons i just went through, come around agen, that i felt something in myself change.each season after that got easyer and i felt like i belonged. It can be done,and if you really want too live like this you will have to go through it.BUT ITS SO WORTH IT!! people have tried to do this in the past and failed because they will not let them selfs stay long enough to deal with it.they feel the FX of this struggle beginning and they leave because its how there(everyone) "programed" to think,never stopping to think it wont last.When you take something that been around the brain all these years and remove it the brain will cope with it the only way it knows how,to make you believe you have made a mistake and you should go back to what seemed to be a easyer life. People before us have tried and failed be cause once this inner change starts they leave thinking it was a mistake or maybe thinking they like the idea of living in the bush but dont have what it takes.Thats wrong in so many ways.It takes time to build a cabin and it takes time to grow a garden and its going to take time to prioritize your life. No mater how self sufisent you think you are heading into wilderness living,we all get slapped in the face by relataly and reaize how much of a pull and influnance the people and things around us have.BUT,when it passes the sun shines very bright on cloudy days. =) Its easy for people to call us crazy because it makes no sence to them.I pitty these people.they will be alive for 50+ years and never live. SAD!

      Kind regards

      • Thank you, Darrall for this!

        Myself and another gentleman from this forum have been planning our escape for months now. We are both tremendously excited. I know I cannot wait, and I know he feels the same. We are honing our skills, studying, trying to learn anything we feel we might need.

        However, like you said, the biggest obstacle to overcome will be ourselves. I just finished reading Valley of the Horses by Jean M. Auel. Although fiction, she was an archaeologist, so most of the survival skills mentioned are factual based on evidence. Essentially the main character learns to survive on her wits. I realize without that, we have nothing.

        Although surviving in this modern world requires a ton of wits and strength, I know from experience, there is nothing more frightening than being hunted by an animal, and I can only imagine there will be loads of scary experiences to overcome on a regular basis, once we're out there and the commitment is made.

        Thank you again for your reminder! I needed to hear this today.

    • I have been preparing for several months to start living in the wilderness. I hope real soon I can make that leap. (March 29, 2011). I value Darrall's comments below. RIght now I'm trying to decide if Appalachia or out west is best.

      • Where about was this native american land? I had completely forgotten they have their own nation within the US.

  190. Actually, I live in Montana. This state is only 1% water and what little water there is generally is covered with someone having water rights. Our space per person is only second to Alaska and if you think you can take -40 degree weather, blizzards, and winds that can rip a roof off (just this week our neighbor lost their roof and someone in the paper had a neighbor's trampoline end up busting through their fence and land on their roof. If you can I'd suggesting only coming during our 2-3 good months of summer (late may through early august) and going to Glacier National park. They have a lake so there's plenty of water. It's beautiful too. Otherwise stay west of the continental divide to avoid extreme high winds and arid (dry) climate. They get all the water. And I hope that earlier poster meant bear pepper spray, you can't use regular. And if you're looking for a challenge, well it is here...

  191. Anybody really brave enough who wants to do it who is not under age i don't need the heat. I have lived in the bush it is tough i live in Canada now .I have done this in the Caribbean as well that is the place to do it trust me you can servive in anyplace.I can show you how it is easy. There is 4 things you only need, water, fire,food,shelter.But i brake that rule and bring a strong knife and a wak of other thigs .Any ways if anybody wants to come and do it no crap try it you will have ablast leaving soon.Write only if you want to come don't worry not a freek. Going by kayak this time and island hopping don't forget your passport no under age sorry .Iwas going to do this trip on my own but it sounds like you all want the same thing .Just picture this discover your island with tropical gardens a bounty of fruit and vegetables and the most amazing colour of blue swaying pulms blinding white sand tropic warm breeze of the ocean icould go on . Have a good one ,O ya don't forget a really good, not a cheep mask and snorkel.

  192. I want to go "into the wild" island....a jungle...a desert...but not alone...

    • hey Sarah i live in Canada it gets really cold as any buddy knows. so what i'm going to do or planning is leave here soon and go to Florida .then buy a sea kayak it is about 50 miles to the Bahmas and travel through out the caribbean. On till i find a island that can supply life for a couple of peaple. I did it last year but a little differant i had a blast so if this peeks your intrest but no under age peaple please i don't need the heat i do this alone usuly.Write me and let me know what you think.

    • Sarah- I feel the same. There has always a big desire to go live off the land somewhere, Montana, Washington, etc. But I know the loneliness would get to me eventually...never mind the safety issue of "going it alone." But trying to find someone willing to say screw and lets just do it.....not So easy.

    • Hey im Cody from California, im 24 and im going into the wilderness in a month, gonna hopefully spend the rest of my life living off the land in different places around the world. i have all the gear and im ready to go, just looking for someone to join me...

      • Mate you sound just like me. Had no idea that there were so many people fed up with the way this world is changing and that are desperately trying to convert back to the old age, but hesitant to do it alone. If you are serious about doing it as you seem, please email me I'm 20 and living in Australia.

        • Hey tried your email but it keeps failing to send. Anyway if you know of someone that is ready now or living this life style can you please let me know. I'm packed ready and will be rearing to go by this Thursday. (To meet up, tag along or form a group) Needing to have everthing sorted before Thursday as my communication devices may be down. Have plans to do this solo but if I can get another or more that would be great. Cheers Warm Regards Sandra.

      • hi there. I want to live in the wilderness for 2 or 3 months. I am coming from south Africa with an Australian citizenship.(I can only stay in the country for 90 days) I would ideally need at least one other person to do this with. can you please involve me if you have a trip planned. The date I will be coming is November 2015. Please refer me if you cant help.
        warm regards

  193. Hello, My name is Crissy. I feel the same way about the society. I feel I live in a world that really wasn't ment for me. I do wish to go live out in the open. I'd really like to find some land out in the open and build myself a small cabin. Do things like they did in the oldin days. What great fun I would really have. Get married and have kids, teach my kids right from wrong, of-course they would still have to go to a school. The way things are now, it's sad. They say this is a free country, but really it's not free. If it was free, then I would be able to buy land and build my log cabin I want to build, but no the city has rules and regulations. It is required to have 3 sides with brick. What is a log cabin with 3 walls bricks? Not a log cabin that's for sure. I thought about taking a trip to an island and getting lost haha. How awesome would it be to be really free. Built your own home with your sweat and hard work!

    I wish that before everything changed.. that were was a state that said.. "No, we refused to move forth with the new laws. We will keep our civilization the way it is." If that were true, I'd be there in a heart beat. If anyone ever does want to try to live out in the open and has some idears on how to do so, please email. I'm more then interested in hearing what you have to say.

    • Hi Crissy - I am in Calgary AB Canada close to the Rocky Mountains. I like what you have to say and what you want to do. "I feel I live in a world that really wasn't ment for me." and "Do things like they did in the oldin days." I think a lot of the posts on this forum may be from people with similar thoughts. I have been around the outdoors since a little boy and my love for it has grown stronger over the years and I wish I had left society as we know it today many years ago. I think if people have that yearning, young or old, man or woman, they should follow their heart and not concern ourselves too much about what others say. I am 61 now and my partner who is a Blackfoot Native woman are looking for a way to do this without having to put a lot of money together first. When I look at the Native people, pioneers, trappers and prospectors they didn't need a lot of the "stuff" we think we need today. They went with what they had and built from there. For people posting here I believe we need to focus on if we know how to do it instead of do we have all the stuff we need or think we need to do it. I recommend the movie "The Last Trapper" on YouTube.

    • Hi Crissy - Many of these posts are by people like you who want to return to a simpler, cleaner way of living without all of the stuff of modern society. There is a strong desire to go but they don't know where to start. But is it not like any other journey where we start where we are and move towards the destination and really enjoy the journey as we proceed. There are many possible destinations but enjoy the trip as well as the destination. The learning and experiences along the way together with the people I meet make life worthwhile.

  194. I have to agree with anybody with any thoughts of living the land. My favorite movie...Jeremiah Johnson. I think anybody who finds this post really has a deep want to feel what its like to be free. I respect almost anyone who wants that. Die an honest death. I do think its funny though. Funny like JOSE DIAZ writes "hit me up on Instan Messenger"...ha ha. But yet wants to go live in the wild...Would you bring a modern rifle or find a Hawken? Good luck men, and walk with god.

  195. I am planning on going to Montana to live in the mountains for a year I am going to study and learn all I can about the laws land and needs but if you are serious I would like to find a partner and I dont mean gay like just another person to go with me I would like to take my dog to but I think he would die he is a wuss I can catch fish with a rock if I had to I am a very avid fisherman I can aslo find a deer in the artic I am a pure blooded country boy who wants to get lost in the fronteer and find myself if you ever get this email me Justin sawyer my email is today is october 25 2009

    • I'M from Texas but have traveled the world and am very intrested in living in the wild.It would be nice to do it with another person if possible.

      • Ted, are you still considering this?

    • Bro i agree with you 100 percent man i am 19 but i would love to live in the wild and get away from the world we live in full of just crap i want to live together with mother nature see how animals interact hunt for my food just live an alkl around different life if anyone wants to go along for an adventure hit me up on my instan messenger

  196. Blankets and Capote

    Quality items for use:

    The best, longest lasting moccasins. They are pricey but if you compare cost to longevity, they're rather inexpensive:

    Recommended reading:

    Foxfire book series: can pick and choose.. has a LOT of useful and extraordinarily detailed information.

    Don't forget to get books on local edibles, natural medicines.. etc. and look for bushcraft.

    Also helps to develop a hobby that can make you money in a pinch. Not like you can split firewood and leave it on the Judith for riverboat captains to leave you gold.

  197. I keep trying to send an e-mail but I keep getting this message ( in order to prevent abuse, your message can not be sent ) !! did you spam this site ??

  198. So I posted on here a couple weeks ago seeing if anyone is truly interested in off the grid. I'm located on the east coast and would prefer someone close by. I talked to a few people that seemed serious but we are states away and I'd like to actually meet a person long before deciding to plan or anything else. I previously stated that I have a strong military background and plenty of training in the appropriate fields. If you are just a dreamer than please save myself the time.

  199. Let's all get together ,I'm in Washington st. Ready to live off the grid in peace .

  200. Keith, I am not sure what is going on and why are you getting that message; I have been talking to other people in this forum and no one so far has had any trouble with sending me emails. Going around spaming sites is not my line of business. I really do not know why is that happening to you. I am not sure what to tell you.

  201. I have lived in the bush before and I would love to live in the wild again with others that live in the bush. I believe we are all meant to live that life. Could u tell me a bit about how u chose to live. Thanku

  202. I have lived in the bush before and I would love to live in the wild again with others that live in the bush. I believe we are all meant to live that life. Could u tell me a bit about how u chose to live. Thanku I really want to live off the grid and I have the know how. I don't want to be the only one it would be nice to join others

  203. I believe if I actually get to commit to going off the grid it will be a one way trip for me. I've spent most of my free time outdoors my whole life and those are the times I'm the happiest. It's not a decision to take lightly and I've made sure I'm educated on survival etc... Deciding on the location seems to be one of the harder things to decide. How long have you lived in the bush? I'd like to know a little more about your background too.

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