a reply to: lavatrance
There are a number of things to consider before dropping everything and leaving.
Firstly, Homo sapiens
are a social species. Nearly all of us have an urge to be communal and social to some extent. When there are cases that a
person is forced to be secluded for a long amount of time from others, a lot of psychological damage can occur.
There are some who can surpass this need, and some simply born without it, but it is usually accompanied by a personality disorder.
Secondly, safety is an obvious concern. My family lives way outside in the country and has a neighbor who lives by himself. For some reason, one year
they didn't see him for months on end, despite his vehicle still being there. The man never had family over, and wasn't social with the other ranches
near him, nor did he have a phone or any other way of communicating.
It turned out that he had broken his leg accidentally, and his vehicle wasn't functioning. So he patched himself up and waited for the leg to heal all
The same kind of thing can happen to you. It may not be a broken bone, but you could get sick, you could get an infection, or you could simply get
yourself in a situation where you are trapped.
Thirdly, it sounds like you're taking the right measures to prepare yourself for the lifestyle, which is great. Research anything and everything about
how to survive with nothing, how to make a long-standing shelter, how to trap, forage, and grow your own food. Learn about the weather patterns and
how to predict the weather. Learn how to survive in extreme weather if it comes about. Learn how to navigate. So on and so forth.
I own this incredible book about mountaineering that you should definitely consider purchasing. It is loaded with information from the technical stuff
to the primitive stuff (I'll have to link it to you later today, I'm on my phone right now)
Fourthly, know that if you ever decide to come back to society, you will have nothing.
You will have no equity, no money, no societal working skills that you didn't already have before your venture, you will have nothing at all and will
have to start from scratch in order to have a place back in society.
Lastly, I think you have the right idea when you suggested to take a few summers to simply go camping. It is a great way to get yourself acclimatized
to the situation and what you will need to accomplish. But, don't just do it in summer when everything is easy. Intentionally go out of your way to go
out and live with nothing in the harshest conditions.
Start with a tent and gear, then gradually reduce your gear until you are comfortable just going out for a hike with nothing for days or weeks on
It is not impossible to achieve, but it demands absolute respect for the dangers you will face, and the experience, luck, and knowledge needed to
achieve such a feat.