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I Want to Live In the Wild: Iso Others Who Share This Dream

Ever since I was a child, I wanted to live in the woods. I think I was first inspired by Grizzly Adams on TV...but the thought has always been there.

What I have been longing for is a life out of the societal norm...where there is no use for money, only hard work. I recently saw the film, "Into The Wild" and can't get it out of my mind. That has been my dream for so long now. I would love to go and do the same thing, though hopefully not with the same ending.

 I have hitchiked, learned carpentry and built a small house single-handedly, learned how grow plants from both seed and propagation, fished, and developed a good sense of problem-solving...

My only fear in doing this right this second is the pain of lonliness that I might feel after months or even years of solitude. I'm afraid of going stark crazy mad out there alone.  My real fear is not of trying and failing --but of never trying at all. 

This makes me wonder if there is anyone else out there who would like to do this journey, into the wild as well? I don't take this lightly...this is a great desire of mine and one I'm sure I'll live out, though when, I'm not exactly sure yet.

If I sound like yourself, or you know of someone, a group, or a WEBSITE for those who also share my vision, please post and let me know. I can't tell you how appreciative I would be.

Thanks for reading...God bless!


DJJoko DJJoko 41-45, M 146 Responses Jun 3, 2008

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Hello, My name is Mike and I've started talking with Ken. I have 30 years experience at this hot, nasty, freezing, starving, bitten, cutup, exhausted, dirty kind of living. Both on the trail and in stationary camps, and I still love it. It would be nice to have a few other people along. Text me also if you are really serious. I would say me and Ken will get something going in the not too distant future. I'm at 602-515-2849 and in Phoeinx, AZ. Ken is also in the southwest. He has a good knowledge of trapping, hunting, and fishing. I have a vast knowledge of the southwest's edible and medicinal plants, and we both have medical backgrounds. Hope to hear from anyone of any experience level soon.

OK, I am now in contact with NatureGuy and ScottyB, and Ken has some good conversations going. I am going to start looking for more folks on other sites. After reading a recent survival book I have a plan. Find a place to meet in the wild and live primitively, but be close enough to a small town that one can stay as long or as short as they would like, and group members could come and go as they please. It would need to be near BLM land or some property that bordered a state park or other land where all the necessary activities can be done legally.

Hello ALL! My name is Ken. There are alot of you wanting to do the same things as me! HOORAY! I have plans (changeable of course) ways to support a community, we will have to barter for a small amount of things.... if you want to really get serious about doing this, shoot me a text @ 480-343-9304

I am been doing nothing but dreaming of this, each moment of every day has been a obsession of learning the techniques and survivle needed for the wild. I would love to join anyone going.

david I just joined and would like to go also I have 30 years of studying and practicing. what part of the states are u in. I'm in Arizona.

I hope this isn't too late to respond. I'm just like you John. If there are still people reading this who want to do this please respond to this comment! I need to find others who want what I want.

Are there any people are really serious about this and are planning it out for a group I am skilled contractor and from country but I'm not just gonna go with a bunch of people that are not 100% serious if there are groups set up or making plans let me know

im always ready, been giving this some thought for years, i have many skills

Greg my experience has been that a plan takes a planner.. I'm willing if you are. I have been going on excursions for 30 years. It would be nice to share the load. Anyone who has seriously done survival of any kind knows it is hard, labor intensive, and unrelenting.

John, my name is Jeff and I'm ready to go

Count me in too. Are you still interested?

That is my dream, I really want to re-start a tribe in England, that way I'd never get lonely

I can relate to so many of you, since i was a little girl i loved the outdoors me and my brother would always be out making dens, catching insects, climbing trees and i always felt so at peace laid in the tall grass hearing nothing but the wind in the trees and the buzz of wildlife all around me. I would hide from my mum when it was time to go in and cry when i wasent allowed to sleep in my wooden den. As iv got older this life has not been kind and even though i have been surrounded by people iv always felt isolated and somehow cut off from everything. I see the world and how money,power and fame have corrupted and ruined this beautiful planet and iv seen how greed has caused people to cause devastation to nature and animals and i just feel so hopeless and sad. The only time i experience any happiness is when im out on my bike cycling through the fields and woods or laying in the grass looking up into the same sky i did as a child when i was still naive to the ugliness of this world. I cant hold a job as i feel trapped and exploited, i cant keep solid friendships or relationships as noone understands me or gets why sometimes im down or frustrated, im becoming more and more isolated and just long to be away from this world, i really want to live far away from civilisation and live out in the wild the only problem is i have no skills or experience however i can cook, clean and will eagerly learn any skills if someone would be so kind as to teach me. I am not afraid to get my hands mucky or rough it out even though i see myself as a lady and even though i am petite i am tough and strong and will work my fingers to the bone. To do something like this alone would be very dangerous thats why im hoping and preying that there is someone reading this either alone, in a group or from a community that i will be able to join, people who understand me and feel the same. Im living in the uk at the moment near to Leeds but would move and travel in a heartbeat if it was required i have nothing keeping me here i just feel so trapped and disconnected, so if anyone at all whos serious about this any reply would be so very much appreciated. I just hope someone out there takes the time to read this and get in touch and sets this caged bird free

I am so glad there are people who feel the same as me i would like to runaway too.
I was thinking about it this morning and wondering if i have the skills to survive. . wish i could have people around me to have the same view's on life.My facebook is william john mcbride if anyone wants to add me

oh im from Glasgow btw

actually nvm the facebook i can talk here :D

I couldnt have said it better myself, I'm experiencing all the same and I need to get away I have a beautiful 16ft tipi but don't have a clue where I can start living in it now I'm prepared to go full on bushman over this so if your up for sticking heads together I'm up for the start of something new and true! I live in the UK too, Exmouth

Hey i can relate with what Ur saying I've wanted to find someone real to this and true I'm 6'6 my name is Jason I'm in USAin california

hi i like the way you put it in your letter living in the woods is a life of its own i have done so so meany times befor but it is hard to do in the uk but you are not on your own i fill as you do iv never seen it put as you did it is a good way to live

very cool cagedbird, your on the right path. it is hard to do alone, ive done it

As i read your words i felt my hand writing them embracing it in my open heart. I feel so isolated within society and yet feel so connected to your words. I struggle to fit in with anybody. Im fascinated by the wonder of life but all i hear and see is mindless consumeristic bullshit spread through a web of lies. And in a world of lies I'm shunned for being too honest! I need a complete escape , wild camping for a few days just doesn't cut it anymore. I have a very loving family, loving enough to set me free but i don't want to become lonely spending years on my own even though i am introvert. I have great problem solving skills, i can take my hand to anything in terms of building structures, farming (although I'm vegan), im a great cook (yes ill cook meat i just wont eat it, i believe in honouring all ways of life). I am deeply spiritual but not religious and i can offer guidance. I hope someone hears me. Namaste

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Im from Connecticut and my dream has been the same. What sets me apart from many is that i am not afraid of going out and trying it and not giving up until i get it right. Well truth is 99% of ppl who share this dream are afraid and never try and regret it for not trying when they are too old and not much capable anymore. Well im up for anything anywhere ill leave society and all my material except some clothing obviously. Idk just anyone let me know caus i very much prefer a partner its better for survival.

Hey man, my mind is made up just like you and all I'm looking for is someone else like you said for survival and to not go insane alone. I hope this response isn't too late. If you're still serious about this respond to this comment and we can exchange contact info and see what plans we can make

I'm from London, and by the end of this summer I want to go and live in the wilderness... get rid of the society for a time, the thing is I don't want to go alone, don't want to get lonely... If anyone would be interested send a message and well talk more.

Im from Connecticut actually but i have always wanted to live in the wilderness.

I'm up for it, its been with me for ever since I can remember to live with nature.

Iv wanted to do this for many years, i tried it for a while i found its much easier in summer and finding enough food is hard, i failed but am always willing to give it a try again.

o yeah my names Jon by the way, and im from east yorkshire

Where did you go to do this mate?

my name is jeremiah i grew up as a country boy taking care of horses milking cows all that. i was taught how to hunt,fish,skin,butcher deer.gut fish and fillet them i can build a smoke house and preserve meat i know how to build a log cabin i bought myself all the tools and supplies i need to live in the woods im planing to go to Colorado or somewhere remote with plenty of forests next spring i think i could make it out there i am just scared of wolves and bears and the fact of being alone if any of u think u know how to survive in the woods or want to come with me let me know i plan to leave next spring

I would very much like to go to Alaska's wilderness. Anyone message me if you are interested

i would be interested

Hi john my names Jason and its allways been a dream of mine to do this I have nothing to keep me in civilisation and would welcome the chance to do this!

For any that are intrested and live in the us I am leading a group into the san juans of colorado for 6 months and recording if your seriously intrested join my group

I'm seriously interested in joining and live in the us. wildstreak17@gmail

email me info

Hi, I have the same idea as you do. I only need to wait for about two years to finish school, then I will find some people with the same idea and go live in the wilderness. I think we all should create a website about this and then find a place and live there.

hey John or anybody else that's dead serious you need to call me because I am going to do this with someone or alone. ex military air traffic controller retired tree climber but still can do it. 53 going on ScottyB

Hi. I don't know if you have started on your dream yet, or if you still check the responses here. But I too share this dream and would love to find a site/forum to meet others who feel the same, have you found one?

If you know how to create a website or a forum do it. You have my support

About to do it..buying land out west, us, bordering blm land, building cob style structures out of property resources for shelter , hunting and planting, hard work involved, limited food and resources...plan on alot of poultry / free range style birds. would possibly be open to some company for help, IF it is the correct person / people. around 40 acres bordering another 640 of blm land. mountain terrain. will not be fun but may be fulfilling. Jeremiah Johnson and Grizzly Adams probably wouldn't have considered their lives fun..but full. No squeamish vegetarian hippys please.. the real world outside of society can be hard and harsh, a yearling is more tender than a prize buck. Archery or firearm skills are a must.

I too have had this desire. I hike and camp regularly as well as went on hunting trips in alaska for weeks at a time. I use potable solar panels and have a 40 sig and a marlin .45/70 I pack with me. I have afew years training as well. I do know it takes a certain personality to accoplish this dream. But I would like to find a group as well who know what it entails and willing to live life. I live in Indiana. 5743150459

I've had the training, and with the knowledge AND proper training it's rather easy to live in the wild.Granted,it's work you have to put in every day but the more people the easier it is.

Absolutely.The peace and solitude, would be its own reward.You're not alone, and if you ever decide to act on your thought, I'd happily accompany you on your quest.Who knows, we might even find answers to so many unanswered questions.

i have this dream and i wish that we can find many people and we go and make our special world and live with peace and in nature far of all this what happened this days. i am ready and i can go anywhere in Europe and this is my email:

Here are my reasons why you shouldn't do this:

if you are all alone, you will go crazy
if you are not trained well enough you are mostly likely to starve to death
You can be killed by a bear or any other wild animal.
You are very likely to go back to civilization, because you can not survive the wild.

Point is :
You will waste your time and risk your own life.

I've lived underline poverty and having no food is really something awful and scary.

If you want a change , yes do something . go on an adventure, but do not risk your own lives in stupid dreams.

I understand what are you trying to say, but i dissagree with you. You are right about the dangers, thats why you should not go alone or without any training. But if you really want to live in the wild you should do it. It is better to live your dreams even if only for a few years, then living a normal life (which you do not like) and never do anything.

For anyone who is interested, I have a similar dream to also live in the wild but also travel and experience the beauty of nature and the world. Some of the time I'd like to find small village farms who will let us work for our stay as well as camping out. I'm looking for a small group to go with and anyone who wants to discuss in detail please e-mail me at:
I welcome anyone who would like to do the same :)

Has anybody actually responded to the guy whose post this is?
I Live in Northern England. For people wanting this type of lifestyle, I would suggest North America. Scotland is far too small to escape civilisation. And the lands that are border line far enough, the land is far too inhospitable. To be honest I cant think of many places in Europe.
I want to do this also though, but there needs to be a plan. A destination, prediction of the lifestyle, occupations, how to control mental stability.
The films are made to be inspirational, don't be tricked

lets think about this together and find many people more they want do this ,, and in Europe i think good

My partner and I are leaving tomorrow to Scotland, hopefully somewhere near loch Awe, not sure yet. This is our escape from so-called civilization, we are leaving it all behind and starting a new, better life. If you would like to join us on our adventure it would be nice to have some company :) If so we are leaving tomorrow but will check our phones every Friday at 17:00pm-17:30pm, if your not about at the time leave us a text :) Wish us luck ;) -07443466294

Two friends and I are buying a land in Northern Ontario, a few miles from a small town, close to a lake for fish and an abundance of wildlife. We have been hunting, fishing and doing bushcraft since we were kids; we feel its our calling. This society is so wrong and yet there is still such beauty just waiting for us. To see the farm is to leave it

Good luck, come find us there will be a cabin for you.

I am wondering about your experiences so far? I finish my undergraduate degree in May and have been searching for an meaningful experience.

well guys thats my train booked ill arrive in fort william on friday morning and from there who knows!! somewhere miles from so-called society anyway. if anyone sees this before thursday night and has the same urge to get away from it all then please get in touch! would be nice to have some company on this adventure. otherwise wish me luck :)

I'm 20 years old and searching for some one to live in The Wild. If you want that to email me
Maybe we can start a group!

Im from holland by the way