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Can We even go Off the Grid Anymore?

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 Can We even go Off the Grid Anymore?

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Going off grid and living off the grid mean different things to different people.

 

Fos some it means escaping the madness of the modern “civilized” world, permanently or during a crisis. For others it may just mean living a fully independent life.

Wild Bill from the Prepper Journal has the stats about the viability of off-gridding in America today. His metric of being off grid, by the way, is distance from a paved road. Makes sense.

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In the lower 48 the answer is 22 miles. You can get 22 miles from a paved road in Wyoming. That’s a pretty long hike but not far at all as the helicopter flies. There are plenty of places that come close but you have to go to Alaska to exceed the distance.

 

“Every prepper needs to challenge themselves and their family to practice. To get off the grid. And the key to this is to start small and safe and then remove the fallbacks. One night at home, from dusk to dawn with no utilities, no electricity, no running water, no natural gas (fireplace, stove, BBQ hooked to home gas system) is a good first step. And no running water means no “bathroom” facilities unless you operate them using buckets of water carried from a water source such as a pool, or pond or lake. I assure you if you have not done this it will be eye-opening. And no cop-outs, no “we did this after that thunderstorm last year”, you know the one after dinner was cooked, consumed and the dishes were cleared and dealt with, the one where only the electricity was off. Dusk to dawn, with a meal at both ends done without electricity and running water, and no natural gas either, do it on a camp stove on camping cookware. It will be easy, it can be fun, especially if you don’t recharge phones and tablets the day of;-) Discussing and writing down “lessons learned” afterwards will be invaluable and help you comprise a survival list based in reality.”

-Wild Bill

 

This advice sounds a lot like backcountry camping or hiking. And that makes perfect sense. A night or a weekend or a week in the woods of a national forest or park can provide excellent training for the way things will be if an EMP hits or if you just someday decide to run away from it all.

 

This testing method is an excellent way of determining how well you react to being all alone and without comforts. You can plan and tweak your supplies, methods, regimen, and training. And The practice never hurts.

 

You’ll need to consider and stock the essentials: water, food, fire, security, etc. The good thing about a camping test is that even if you mess up and miscalculate, you can just hike an hour or two back to the car and start all over.

 

No, you don’t have to go all 22 miles to get away from civilization. There are plenty of places that might count as “off grid” that are much closer to roads and people. This summer I went horseback trail riding. Technically I was, at most times, less than a mile from a U.S. Highway. Yet it seemed like another world. It was and is.

 

For those looking to remove from the grid full-time or for most of the time, consider the areas where you can do that. Might I recommend Google Maps or another geographical service? Use Maps to pick the area you’re interested in: Wyoming, southern Alabama, West Virginia, upstate New York, the Everglades, etc.

 

Start zooming in. Look for cities and towns, of course. Examine how far apart the roads are. Avoid things you’d rather not have around – power plants, military bases, etc. You can use the traffic overlay to see how busy those roads are. There’s even a topographic feature. Use it all and plan your next move.

 

Most of the planning Wild Bill recommends centers on preparing yourself, mentally and physically and gear-wise. There will always be wilderness areas somewhere. In fact, the wild can even intrude into urban areas – see Detroit.

 

So, yes, we can still get off the grid. It’s a matter of determining what that means to you. Then you need to plan for how to go about doing it. Then, there’s the doing. All of this requires some effort. Then again, going off the grid isn’t about living easy, it’s about living free.

 

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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Writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom ​​and​​ ​​more​​ ​​​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​​​.​​ ​​His weekly National Affairs Column - never a dull read - appears at The Piedmont Chronicles​​​​. THE SUBSTITUTE​​ is his first Novel. He​​ ​​is​​ ​​still none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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Prepper News Weekly, Friday, April 6, 2018

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Prepper News Weekly, Friday, April 6, 2018

 

A big, busy, crazy week in prepper land! Spring has sprung and it has sprung forth all manner of issues to keep us on our toes. Here’s a review of the bigger stories bearing down on preppers and freedom lovers. Please enjoy (and subscribe!):

 

Video by Perrin Lovett/FPTV/YouTube.

 

Perrin recently learned that something called “airplane mode” stops incoming debt collection calls and hate texts from interrupting our recordings! Will wonders never cease?

 

 

Quality will improve immediately…

 

In the news:

 

The Caravan

 

Mass migration

 

Troops out of Syria, to Rio Grande?

 

More Snow?!

 

YouTube shooting

 

China and tariffs

 

UK/US/Russia

 

Mueller

 

 

And, we’re in full swing at The Masters!

 

Thank you, as always. Don’t forget to check www.freedompreppernews.com every day for all the stories that affect preppers, survivalists, and the rest of the sanity crowd. Well, check it now – rumor has it the news will soon be incorporated into the new, new revised and improved FP.com. Stay tuned.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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Get Your Game On! Wild Game Butchering and Cooking

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Get Your Game On! Wild Game Butchering and Cooking

 

Well, this one is slightly out of season in the Northern Hemisphere. We don’t start the hunts for a few more months. But, if your in New Zealand, I think Red Stag season opens any day, right? Anyway, today we discuss and present a subject that more preppers and survivalists need to know about if they don’t already. Veteran hunters may stop here and now.

 

This one is all about cleaning, preparing, and cooking wild game! Bill White at Survivopedia kindly wrote up an extensive guide to game prep. And I mean extensive with a capital “E.” Make sure to read through the original at least once. Save it for when hunting season comes around.

 

Here’s a quick look at some of what is included:

 

Picture by White/Shutterstock.

 

So, this article really isn’t about hunting nor “pure” prepping. It’s about food security. Rural folks will still tell you that hunting and trapping (and fishing) still go a long way toward putting meat on the table. That’s important, especially if you find yourself in a survival situation. Read on:

 

“Within the prepping community, we see this manifest in how people deal with their need for food. At the beginning, we all start out with building a food stockpile. But as time goes on, we tend to start looking at various ways of supplementing that stockpile, such as raising our own food, foraging for edible plants and hunting.



For those of us who are hunters, it makes sense to hunt for food. But what about those who are not? Granted, anyone who can shoot a rifle accurately can kill an animal, assuming they can find one to kill. That’s the hard part of hunting and the one that will give most post-apocalyptical hunters the most trouble.





The other thing you’re going to have to know how to do is turn that dead animal into usable meat, once you kill it. Killing an animal is one thing, butchering it is another thing entirely. If you don’t do that correctly, the meat could be tainted and dangerous to eat.”

-White

 

Follow along with White as he discusses:

 

Hunting background;

 

Cleanliness;

 

(He assumes you’ve already brought down the animal);

 

Cleaning (Gutting and Skinning);

 

Necessary knives and tools;

 

Cutting procedures; this gets tricky, “icky” even, read and operate carefully. Perrin will add: watch the bladder and lower GI tract … yeah;

 

Blood disposition (get used to it);

 

All about birds (don’t run afoul…);

 

Skinning techniques;

 

Butchering (great chart! and more are available online);

 

Cooking in the Wild (like on the bug out trail);

 

Smoking (the meat but a cigar);


Jerking (not a Steve Martin movie);

 

He also includes a video, downloads, and more tips than one can almost keep up with. Many thanks to Bill White*.


*Bill White is the author of Conquering the Coming Collapse, and a former Army officer, manufacturing engineer and business manager. More recently, he left the business world to work as a cross-cultural missionary on the Mexico border. Bill has been a survivalist since the 1970s, when the nation was in the latter days of the Cold War. He had determined to head into the Colorado Rockies, should Washington ever decide to push the button. While those days have passed, the knowledge Bill gained during that time hasn’t. He now works to educate others on the risks that exist in our society and how to prepare to meet them.

 

Again, you may not need this information for a few months. But, if you get serious about hunting and/or survivalism, then you will need it.

 

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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