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View Poll Results: How old are a prepper are ypu now?
0> 20 59 5.86%
21 > 30 254 25.22%
31 > 40 195 19.36%
41 > 50 221 21.95%
51 > older than dirt 278 27.61%
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Old 11-23-2011, 05:10 AM
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Hill what hill, I didn't see no goldurn hill. I'm not older than dirt but I remember when it was a lot newer.
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I'm not telling you how old I am, let's just say I'm on the right side of dirt

I've been prepping a long time, since I was a kid we've done it because of blizzards when we lived in the boonies and earthquakes in CA. Not as extensively as I am now, but I have always kept a minimum of two weeks to 30 days of food in the house. Finances would always determine how much food I could store so it varied some.
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26yrs old here..
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As my son use to tell me I am older than soft mud.
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I am the Senior in the 21-30 group. Started here at 29 and now I'm 30. Does that mean life is over? Nah, 30 is the new 20 except I can drink.
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43 now started about 5 years ago. But to be honest in South Africa we cant get a fraction of what is available to you guys. So improvization is at the order of the day otherwise your credit card gets abused horribly importing stuff out of the US.
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I am 58 started in 1976 stop in 1983 started back up in 1993 stoped in 2001 started back back up in 2008 not stoping until I die this time lol
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psk1 - just noticed that your prepping stages correlate to the ages that do, and do not, prepp according to the pole...

It would seem that insecurity and cynicism tend to be big motivators in prepping and in life.

Anyway - I've wilderness hiked & camped all my life, so I could conceptualize prepping - but I did not commit to prepping until this time last year. I didn't actually start laying in supplies until February/March. So, age aside, I have done all my prepping in the last 9/10 months...
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Get back in line junior, What you win is a chance to get older. You don't miss it by much though.
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Oh crap, old man fight. Some one get the fire house....again
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When did 51 get to be 'older than dirt'? I'm 72 and ain't old. Just remember, if you keep moving, they can't bury you.
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59 and prepping a few years. Retired USAF. It seems I have getting ready for something all my life. I think I know what it is now.
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Im 45. I started official prepping about a year before I arrived here, so just under four years.

My parents I think were sort of preppers having an allotment, freezer their own veg, pickling, teaching us nature navigation and plant ID but it was my Granny who was the expert. She was a self trained chef who worked for an Estate of a Dr, he taught her lots to the extent that she worked as a call out nurse. I come from a long line of servants of country estates, like game keepers, labourers, seamstress, lace makers, bricker layers etc so I guess its in my genes.

PS Forgot to add my other Granny was a sharp shooter with the rifle, could do a decent cake and look after a handful of kids virtually single handed.
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Take your time we got two posters older than us and we ain't in no hurry to take over that spot.
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Just turned 38 on Monday. Started thinking about prepping about three years ago when I read Cormac McCarthy's "The Road". Started prepping about 3 months ago when I read JWR "The Patriots".



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Dirt and I share a birthday. Started "kind of" prepping a couple years ago but cranked it up several notches about 4 months ago. I'm WAY behind most of you here but light years ahead of just about everyone I know. I don't have much in the way of long term food supplies yet but I sure as Hell can defend what little I do have.
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I'm just a couple of years away from 30. Staying in shape and eating right, I'm just as fit and agile as I was as a teen. And hopefully, I'll still be fit as a fiddle, still prepping, and still alive in 10 years.
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As I've said before, If your people are beneath poor and you are raised by these mountain folk, you don't call it "survivalism", you call it "life". My maternal grandfather started life as a survival hunter -- no sport about it, he killed to feed his family. I never had a half-ounce of security in my life -- especially as a child. People say that I'm a pessimist or have a "dark outlook". I don't feel like that at all. I laugh and joke all the time. But I've known what it is to be without. I know what it is to scrape. And I've known a bunch of folk FAR poorer yet. I worked/educated my way out of it, but h e l l -fire, I see folk just getting by right now, today. In this Thanksgiving season, let's give thanks for what we have now and are able to put back for future hard times. It wouldn't hurt those of us who are doing OK to put some greenbacks into the Salvation Army pot while our greenbacks are still taken as currency. What is your most valuable commodity in hard times? Friends.

From the Book of Matthew:
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
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Great. Another "spinoff" thread.

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I grew up shooting, hunting, camping, etc. I guess I've always had the survivalist mindset. Even as a young teen, I had a poorly thought out "bug out bag" in case I needed to head to the hills for whatever reason. I was interested in primitive skills as a kid and learned to make all sorts of things. I used to like to head into the mountains here with a .22 pistol, hatchet, canteen and cup, and matches, and round up my own meals and make my own shelter.

In my 20's, I always had extra food around the house, a little stored water, and a few cans of fuel. Had spares, tools, water and cold weather gear in my vehicles, etc. Just because it made sense to do so.

But it wasn't until about the mid '90s that I got into it in a big way. With large scale water storage, purification options, alternative cooking methods, orders from long term storage food companies, packing away beans and grains, bought a grain mill and diesel generator (big waste of money), etc. I've been at it frantically ever since.
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