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Would like to know if any others have done this

Postby term0shad » Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:24 am

Was wondering how many of you have personaly tried to live like you had to bug out? Most of you have all this fancy gear. It helps but most of it you don't need. We have now for almost 1 yr me, girlfriend 2 big dogs and 2 cats. It wasn't easy. We started in a 10 man tent in april 2016 and then a tent trailer i had to build do to it was crap and leaked every where. Plus the canvas was rip all over. So used insulated tarps. Till end of oct 2016 and then a fifth wheel camper till ... still living in it. Modified a bit. Spent 5g for food and supplies at start of it. Plus that includes rent of property we stayed on. Would of bought more, but that was all we could fit in both vehicles in 24 hrs to bug out. We hunted and fished for what we could get. Any other supplies we needed i did a barter system with farmers, labour for supplies and building meteral recycled from buildings. We had to get water from a lake to do dishes and wash up. Trust me not easy to do, hate ice big time now lol. Learned allot and this summer will redue allot of stuff. Going to get a bumper pull 30ft and modify it so its allot easyer to live full time. Just staying warm threw the winter took allot of energy and time from wood chopping. Had to try and save fuel for other stuff. So tried not to use the chainsaw much. Some nights lucky to be above zero that was on electric heat in minus 30 Celsius. Plus living in a small area in the winter with basically 5 people trust me the dogs 130 lbs and 70 lbs are same size of a person and 2 cats are 1 person it sucks lol 21 ft isn't 21 ft, do to you have to minus sleeping area of 7 ft. So realy 14 ft living area. Plus trying to maintain a garden is allot of work. On top of everything else you have to do. Reason we are looking to join a group. Easyer in the long run on man power as a mag group or what ever you want to call it. Working as a team to get everything done and set up. Will be 4 after kids are done school. So if your looking for members or want more info pm me. Can move any where in Canada. But purfure to stay in Alberta if possible till kids are out of school.
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Re: Would like to know if any others have done this

Postby Antsy » Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:59 pm

T-shad,

Your description sounds to me a little more like a lifestyle choice than an "experiment" on how you would handle a bug out situation. That is not a criticism as much as an observation. IMO you have made a commitment of sorts to "check out" from the rat race in favour of another of your own choosing. Good for you if that's what you want. I personally don't see it as a "test to see how we would do" because I personally can't think of a likely situation which would call for the measures that you have taken and even if there were such an event, the addition of several hundred thousand refugees would completely skew the results of said experiment.

Again, not a criticism as much as an observation. I'm all for free people making life choices and reaping the benefits of those choices. I'm sure that you have learned any number of invaluable insights and look forward to reading about them.

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Re: Would like to know if any others have done this

Postby term0shad » Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:06 am

Was to see if we could do it. But turns out we like it . When your retired basicaly/medical. Might as well do something you love and even if hard. Love being in nature. Trust me 12 to 15 hr days, but worth it. Now to find a permanent spot close to others like us or possible in a group. Time will tell.
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Re: Would like to know if any others have done this

Postby Badboar61 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:47 pm

term0shad, I have thought about the same idea, but like you it seems, no body thinks it's going to be that bad, but for me, no matter how bad it gets, it would still be nice to have a place to bug out to, if you need too, with other people thinking the same way, a MAC community as you called it, to truly survive what ever happens, we will need a community, working together to not just survive, but to be here to help restart our world, if it gets that bad, but even if nothing happens, to have a place to relaxe or possibly retire would be great. So we need to gather our forces and circle the wagons, good luck to us all.
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Re: Would like to know if any others have done this

Postby jonesy » Sun May 14, 2017 4:35 pm

Thought about it.

I prefer the systems redundancy and layered defense of a BOL. That I live full time at!
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Re: Would like to know if any others have done this

Postby term0shad » Sun May 14, 2017 7:57 pm

True living in spot you plan to protect. If it does all go to the crapper. Has its positive side and also has a negative side. Positive side is all pre set up.for every thing you need. Only negative side is people i know will know where it is. Ones that help are welcome to come if shit hits tge fan. But the ones that do not help will see the end of my rifle and can get lost. Unless they have supplies. But numbers help in doing all the work. Trust me i do 8 to 15 hr days every day. Always something to get done. Not all are hard days. But still always stuff to get done or add to it.
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Re: Would like to know if any others have done this

Postby jonesy » Fri May 19, 2017 6:19 am

Not enough hours in the day for a 'fixed' position either.

I think opsec and enforcement of boundaries comes into play in either case too!
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Re: Would like to know if any others have done this

Postby Wayne » Sat May 20, 2017 8:57 am

Great post term0shad. It seems unlike many of us, you have walked the walk and have a better idea than most of us what's involved.

Personally, my experience is in bush survival with little or no equipment and as a specialist in assault/protection (police tactical team). Unfortunately, I lack many of the skills sets and experience to prepare for the future (unless I was taking it away from someone else). I am starting to formulate some idea of what's necessary and hope to learn more through this forum. Thanks.
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Re: Would like to know if any others have done this

Postby term0shad » Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:07 am

Well all going good hope everything good with everyone else. Will have to write a story soon about living in the trailer for a yr almost. So if others decided to do it. They learn from what ever knowledge i have learned. Good or bad. Ttyl
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Re: Would like to know if any others have done this

Postby Dakota » Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:08 am

Well...good for you guys! Don't know if I'd still be up to a tent in winter as a permanent home for the season! It is harder than people know! It's actually harder than regular homesteading. I use to do winter camping for fun-not any more!!!
I've done a old one room cabin for two years on my own-but I was a women in my 20's! No power, no water...gets old fast. I had to cut my own wood (all the time!!!). Fetch water or melt snow. Ohhhhhh and the outhouse in midwinter...sooooo enjoyable!!! At times, Boredom was only broken when I spoke to myself (and I did that ALOT :shock: ). There is something to be said for the little comforts.

I have a friend that scoffs at prepping, he swears when SHTF he's just going to head to the mountains with his young family and going it on his own. I dunno that that's the smartest idea. He will have to find a safe area in the woods, build a shelter near water, make a garden plot for growing area, hunt or fish for food cause you only have what you could carry AND protect you and your young family 24 hours a day all by yourself. All that...with the tools you don't have. It sounds suicidal!! I think people romanticize the idea of living off the land in its literal sense!

It's hard enough with a exsisting shelter, gardening an already established plot, looking after your animals....Nope I'm stayin put as long as I can!

Now...mind you, who friggin knows what the best decision is -till your living it!
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