When you are stealth camping it is very important to keep your smoke signature to a minimum as the rangers have look out towers everywhere and are always looking for any sign of any smoke. Here is a how to on building a Dakota Smokeless Fire Pit.
Always use very dry dead wood as it will produce much less smoke then green freshly cut wood.
New Zealand might be the most isolated and expansive fully developed nation in the world. It shares no borders, sits relatively distant from any other nation, has no real national enemies, has a safe democracy and a diverse landscape with many remote places to hide away within. Furthermore, it ranked #1 on the Global Peace Index in 2009.
Mutuo County, China Considered the last county in China without a road leading to it, Motuo is a small community in the Tibetan Autonomous Region that remains one of the few places in Asia still untouched by the modern world. Just getting to Motuo is a Herculean task, as travelers must follow a grueling overland route through frozen parts of the Himalayas before crossing into the county by way of a 200-meter-long suspension bridge. The county is renowned for its beauty—Buddhist scripture regards it as Tibet’s holiest land—and it is said to be a virtual Eden of plant life, housing one-tenth of all flora in China. Despite its stunning geography and natural resources, Motuo still remains something of an island unto itself.
Pitcairn Island is a tiny speck of land located nearly dead in the center of the southern Pacific Ocean. Its closest neighbors are the Gambier Islands and Tahiti to the West, but even these are several hundred miles away. The island, which is the last remaining British territory in the Pacific, has a standing population of some fifty people, many of whom are descended from crew-members of the famed HMS Bounty. In 1789, the Bounty was the setting for a now-legendary mutiny, when crew-members enchanted by the idyllic life of the native Pacific islanders overthrew their commander, burned their ship in a nearby bay, and settled on Pitcairn. Today, the descendants of those sailors mostly make their living off of farming, fishing, and selling their extremely rare postage stamps to collectors, but even with modern transportation they still remain one of the most isolated communities in the world.
Seychelles Aside from being safely isolated from the rest of the world in the middle of the Indian Ocean, this beautiful island nation is a great place to forget about your worries. Isolation is the key here. And conflict is as transparent as the water.
Papua New Guinea the canopy covered, mountainous nation contains some of the most isolated places in the world. Tuck yourself away in a nook here and it may be one of the few places left where you can completely insulate yourself from the outside world.
Canada is the second largest nation in the world, yet it only shares a land border with one other country– the U.S.A.– and it is a peaceful border. That means there is a great expanse to escape to, if need be. Furthermore, Canada has few world enemies, ranks consistently high on the Global Peace Index, and is relatively homogeneous.
An amazing article written by Brent Ladd. If you are at all interested in living a simple primitive lifestyle you must read the entirety of this article. Realities of Going Primitive
A small excerpt from the article.
“Food variety is fairly limited in the primitive diet. That does not mean it isn’t a good diet. Studies of pre-contact primitive peoples the world over have found that these “limited” diets meet every body requirement. In the book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, by Weston Price, it was concluded that these primitives had unbelievable endurance, erect postures and cheerful personalities. They were found to have excellent bone structure and well developed jaw and teeth free from decay. In case after case, Price found no incidence of cancer, ulcers, tuberculosis, heart or kidney disease, high blood pressure, muscular dystrophy or sclerosis or cerebral palsy.
Price also spoke of these primitive societies having nopsychiatrists, no crime, no prisons, no mental illness, alcoholism or drug addiction. Every baby was nursed by its mother, and there were no neglected children. In other words, physical health went hand in hand with mental and emotional health.
The Hunzas, who were living in the Himalayas, were studied by an English physician named Robert McCanison. The results mirrored those found by Price. It was said a Hunza messenger could carry a message to a village 35 miles away and return the same day with no signs of fatigue!
Other groups of aboriginal people studied by doctors in pre-contact periods also agree with Price’s findings.”-Brent Ladd Realities of Going Primitive
Being able to make your own knifes, arrow tips and tools with your surrounding materials can be one of the most important things to your long term survival here are some examples of tools.
Flintknapp Knives Courtesy of Radharc Knives
Arrow heads Courtesy of Primitive Ways
Bone knives are a great and easy way to use every part of animals you catch.
Stone hammers and axes work great with shaping wood and other softer rocks.
Creating your own Mortar and Pestle can make preparing food much quicker and easier.
To build a natural swimming pool you must first start by digging a hole will slopes on the side and either covering the bottom with smooth rocks or creating a water proof membrane. You must have at least 50% of the pool shallower on the surrounding sides with plentiful vegetation to naturally filter the pool. You also must have the water flowing through the pool either with a pump or building the pool near flowing water and rerouting the water into the pool with the ability to control the flow. You can create steps with dry-stacking flat rocks.
Here are some example below.
Snares traps are the easiest to make but you have to set a large number of them at least 10-30 snares to catch anything the more the better. Some example below.
Dead fall traps are great in quantity as well.
Your best type of traps are the traps that keep your game alive until you check them here are some examples.
Great for small reptiles critters and mice.
You can catch almost any small game from racoons to rabbits with this trap. You can always make a larger trap similar to the one below for larger animals if necessary. I believe in only trapping what you need and making sure to use every part of the animal.
I do not recommend bear traps or large pitfall traps with spikes at the bottom due to accidental human crossing the traps without seeing them and falling in or getting caught in the bear trap, which can be devastating and life threatening. They are also very inhuman for bears and other large animals as they will suffer for long periods of time.
Hammocks can be very uncomfortable if built incorrectly but if built correctly they can be very comfortable, lightweight and long lasting furniture.
Creating the net.
Courtesy of Primitive Ways
Another great Net making how to site Rope Works
The key to a comfortable hammock is the wood spreader beams which create a lot more stability, less curvature and eliminates the cocoon affect which can lead to sore knees.
You can also make a net in a wooden frame to create a taught hammock bed like the one below.
Here are some examples of unique hammock designs.
Their are many materials to build with but one of the strongest and longest lasting materials is stone.
Here are some examples of easy to build stone structures that can be very useful.
Dry stacking: Stacking natural stones without mortar or cement great from low rising walls and for raised bed gardens/terraces.
Correct way to stack a stone wall.
Having a small deck or mini house in the trees can be very beneficial to be able to see far distances to see people coming miles away before they see you. Obviously a little more camouflaged then these but you get the idea.
Here are some examples of some Observation Deck/Tree house.
Overhand Knot: This one is easy, just bitter end over and under the bight. The overhand is used as a temporary stopper to prevent a rope from unraveling or passing through a ring, eye, or pulley. It’s also We starting point for other knots, including the reefor square-knot.
Figure-Eight Knot: The figure eight is a better stopper knot than the overhand, because it’s easier to untie after the rope has been pulled tight. Just form a bight with the working end over the standing part … run the bitter end under the standing part to form a second bight, then put the bitter end through the first bight. The result looks like a sideways numeral 8.
Square (Reef) Knot: Use this one to lash two objects together with one line, or to join two separate ropes. But take care — the reef knot will often slip under strain, if the two ropes knotted together are of different diameters.
Sheet (Becket) Bend: You should use this knot to join two ropes of different diameters, It’s much stronger and less slip-prone than the square knot, but can be easily untied no matter how wet and tight it may be. Just form a bight (big enough to work with) in the larger of the two lines.
Carrick Bend: This knot is less well known than the reef or sheet bend, but it’s stronger than either of them and just as easy to loosen, even after a sustained, hard pull.
Bowline: The purpose of the bowline is to form a secure loop in the end of a line. It can be tied swiftly and is easily loosened, even when it’s under strain.
Clove Hitch: This hitch won’t be secure unless there’s a load acting on both ends of the knot, and should only be considered as a general utility hitch for temporary use.
Timber Hitch: This knot is designed to roll around a tree to hold a temporary guy, to drag or winch a log, or to lift timber with a boom hoist.
Taut-Line Hitch: Here’s a handy knot for folks who work or play around high places
Sheepshank: This is a special-purpose knot that’s useful when you have too much rope to conveniently handle a specific job but don’t want to cut your valuable line.
Filtering your water once recovered from any stream or river is very important due to the polluting factors of animal feces, human waste, pesticide and industrial runoff from cities.
Here are some examples of improvised filtration systems.
And of course boiling your water is the ultimate way to purify your water.
One of the biggest problems is cultivating vegetation year round but the best way to do this is create a self contained controlled environment for plants to grow year round. The earth sheltered solar Greenhouse is the best way to do this.
Here are some examples
There are many type of natural home building methods but one of the most efficient secure and stealth method would have to be the Earth Sheltered home. It can be hidden in a hill side with grass and plants grown all around it so you can barely make out that it is a home. By having the shelter covered with earth on its top back side and sides it creates superior insulation in the winter months and allows cooling in the summer being lower in the ground. You can even dig out a small basement area for storing food stuffs at a constant 40-55 degrees year round.One of the best ways to construct a earth sheltered home would be to use rock masonry for the walls and wood logs with wood post buried in the ground wrapped with a waterproof membrane(polyurethane or any other heavy duty waterproof material) so the wood will not rot over time.
Here are some examples of earth sheltered homes.
Just some of the most important gear you should have when going out in the wild for a long period of time. This gear will save your life, but you can only rely on your gear so much, you must have the knowledge and the will necessary to survive.
Any type of machete is key in building and general survival also can be used for hunting by making a spear out of it.
Recurve Bow and Arrow the most sustainable weapon no need to replenish ammo like a firearm you can always build new arrows.
Any type of water filtration system is key is surviving because if you get sick you are SOL.
Any Wood powered stove, alcohol and propane stoves will not last.
Lightweight Tent for wind protection and small critter protection as you sleep.
Any type of lightweight sleeping bag that has a rating of at least 20 Degrees – 30 Degrees