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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Can Your Recommend Any Places to Live "Off the Grid"?

Question: Can you recommend any places to live “off the grid”?
M.S. San Diego CA

Answer Marc Charles:
I’d like to define “off the grid”.
I’ve lived “off the grid” four times in past 27 years in places like New Mexico, Minnesota, Maine, and Mexico.
To me “off the grid” means no connection to the conventional electrical, telephone, water or cable TV networks.

It’s much harder to live this way than you might think.

The benefits are far reaching. But two benefits are the satisfaction of being self sufficient, and an appreciation of real things and values.

Watch the movie “Into the Wild”.

What do you need to live “off the grid”?

Here’s a revised list I used when I lived off the grid in New Mexico:
1)    Access to clean water
2)    Access to a legitimate food source or be able to easily transport food to your location (hunting and fishing are not always
3)    Shelter. Building a shelter while getting established is not realistic. I rented a hunting cabin.
4)    High-quality plastic covered topographic maps. Understand how to use a map and a compass before you go.
5)    Firearms. Forget about bows and arrows, snags and traps. Bring a gun.
6)    Most animals are not your friends. This not a cartoon. I was stalked for several days by a mountain lion until an old timer showed me a secret: always try to appear larger than you are if confronted by one!
7)    Let someone know your exact location. Today with Google Maps and Geo-tags it’s easy.
8)    Make friends in the surrounding area. You’ll need them.
9)    Invest in a state of the art first aid and survival kit (even if you’re Rambo) One of the best is QuakeKare.
10)                       CASH. Cash always works wonders when you’re in the middle of nowhere. Store cash in zip lock bags outside of your shelter, like under a large rock.

My personal preferences as far as geography would be –Maine (especially up north and the islands), Montana, New Mexico and Costa Rica.

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