You make good sense!I didn't vote. It's not up to me to decide who's a real survivalist and who isn't. What defines a real survivalist? Is that the person who has put the last of their preps away? If so, few of us are, even if we've been at this for years. What about the dedicated newcomer who hasn't gotten very far? Isn't he a real survivalist too, even though he hasn't been at is as long?
Since your post is aimed at frequent posters like me, I'll give my side. Not everyone has as busy of life as you do. I do gun shows for a living, which, even when the economy was good and I was doing frequent shows, still left me a lot of time every week to post. But the economy took a dump on the shows just about a year back, leaving me even more free time since out of town shows don't make me any money now. I had lurked this board for years, but I didn't sign up until I actually had the free time to post here.
It sounds more like you're equating a "real survivalist" with an outdoorsman. Not everyone is, and I don't see that as a requisite to being a real survivalist. I also used to spend a lot of time camping and hunting. But since I live in the desert, that means travel, and travel is expensive. As I mentioned above, I'm out of work. I hike and camp my bug out paths regularly, and refresh the caches I have along the way. I just refreshed an out of town cache 2 weeks ago when I tried (and failed again!) an out of town show.
Another reason I'm not out as much is my mother passed away a few months ago, dumping a retirement home for the elderly in my lap. She always used to say she could never get out of town without something going wrong at that place. I have come to understand what she means. Every time I go anywhere, even if it's just to spend the weekend at our local gun show, something happens that the employees can't (or won't!) deal with on their own.
As for the city, I grew up here. I know shortcuts that very few others know about. I grew up hiking and dirt biking in the mountains and desert (before the army closed it off), so I know my way around there too. The least contact I have with the morons who infest this city, the better chance they have of surviving until tomorrow. So yeah, I won't be getting out among them unless I have no other choice.
I guess what I'm saying is to remember that everyone's lives are different from yours. Just because they don't fit into a mold that you thought up, doesn't mean that they're a fraud. We used to have MtnManMike posting here all the time, and I'd bet he's closer to a "real survivalist" than most of us here.
Lol, talk about needle in a haystack. You responded to a post made ten years ago. Almost everyone in this thread is long gone.You make good sense!
The typical, so called "survivalist on these boards cannot live off the land but many of them are very gunned and in a shtf situation the preppers would be wise to be wary of them. Most survivalists consider themselves alpha males and in a desperate situation would be mentally able to justifiy taking from those they consider weak or of a different belief system. Any excuse would do.I am a noob here, lurked for a long time, reading and learning...but I think there is a difference between the mainstream understanding of a survivalist and a "prepper". I think (just my opinion) that a survivalist is someone who can live off the land with what he has around him like Les Stroud, more about using what you find around you and less about preparation and storage.
Where as a prepper (again just my opinion) is someone who is planning for surviving a catastrophic event by planning and storing appropriate foods, tools etc. the two are totally different. I think many preppers could not "live off the land" at least not for long.
Personally I see a lot of preppers and probably some prepper wannabes here, but it is a good place to learn about surviving , not necessarily survivalist (mainstream definition) skills.
Responding to a 10 year old post by a person that hasn't been here in 3 years...The typical, so called "survivalist on these boards cannot live off the land but many of them are very gunned and in a shtf situation the preppers would be wise to be wary of them. Most survivalists consider themselves alpha males and in a desperate situation would be mentally able to justifiy taking from those they consider weak or of a different belief system. Any excuse would do.
I have been using a small Honeywell and it has been doing good. Have an extra filter for it but need to get more, my wife does all the ordering at the local hardware store so she is working on that one.thought for the day: Air purifier. Here in California the air is full of smoke, so bad it gives you a head ache. I'm sure my lungs look like a life long smoker. I dug out an old unit with a dirty pad. How many of us thought of filthy air for a long period? I'm sure the market has been hit hard here on the left coast. I'll upgrade after this is over. If newsom stays in office we will have big fires next year. I'm willing to bet Portland has some nasty air there. My wife has asthma so breathing is important to her