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Easy 6
01-30-2013, 01:56 PM
Came across this doing a bit of surfing and really wanted to share, its one of the more fascinating stories i've read in a while, a Russian family moves deep into the Siberian forest to escape religious persecution and eventually end up basically living as cavemen.

Sorry to be the retread who doesnt know how to lay out the print, but if you can be bothered to click the link its an interesting read...

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/For-40-Years-This-Russian-Family-Was-Cut-Off-From-Human-Contact-Unaware-of-World-War-II-188843001.html

loochy
01-30-2013, 02:07 PM
That was interesting. Rep.

QuikSsurfer
01-30-2013, 02:12 PM
I read about this earlier today - very cool.

Red Beans
01-30-2013, 02:14 PM
Read this last night. Just absolutely some wild stuff. Literally and figuratively. Rep!

Stewie
01-30-2013, 02:21 PM
Thanks for posting. Good read.

Easy 6
01-30-2013, 02:33 PM
I'm pretty sure i could do this, with three exceptions...

1- something to hunt with would be a MUST, atleast a bow and arrows... trying to rely on trapping or running something to ground like a one man wolfpack? i cant imagine it. The upshot? i bet that son was strong as a friggin mule.

2- enough metal cooking vessels to last the duration, i cant imagine not being able to cook something up in a pot, F that.

3- good footwear, its mind boggling how you would get by strapping bark to your feet and maybe stuffing it with moss or whatever, especially living such a rigorous life.

The ending was bittersweet, one lone woman left to make a go of it alone by her own choice, unable to face a modern world. Glad you guys liked it as much as i did.

KC Tattoo
01-30-2013, 02:40 PM
I liked it a lot too. Thanks for posting it scott free.

They lived a fascinating impressive life. Thought it was funny the old man didn't believe it that man landed on the moon, lol.

The son must of been strong as hell to carrie a young buck back to camp. Bring him in for a look?

Pretty cool story.

ct
01-30-2013, 02:42 PM
great read, thanks

tooge
01-30-2013, 02:42 PM
great read. sort of makes you see how small bands of humans that might have had different distinct DNA lines might have gone extinct tens of thousands of years ago.

Old Dog
01-30-2013, 02:45 PM
interesting read

Chief_For_Life58
01-30-2013, 02:46 PM
amazing. human endurance.

Graystoke
01-30-2013, 02:48 PM
That is a wild read. I can't imagine winters and living in a hut like that. On the flip side if you had a fly rod I bet the fishing would be great.

teedubya
01-30-2013, 02:53 PM
Saw that on Reddit yesterday... amazing, amazing story.

Dude REALLY wanted to keep his beard.

Easy 6
01-30-2013, 03:00 PM
That is a wild read. I can't imagine winters and living in a hut like that. On the flip side if you had a fly rod I bet the fishing would be great.

Yeah, fishing would seem to be the easiest way to get protein, you know those untouched rivers were chock full of them.

Groves
01-30-2013, 03:41 PM
Did they not encounter any of the aforementioned bears or wolves? I would have thought the daughter would be most keen on things that could harm her "out there".

Clyde Frog
01-30-2013, 04:01 PM
holy shit, thats unreal!

KC Dan
01-30-2013, 04:03 PM
wow, just wow

Rain Man
01-30-2013, 04:18 PM
Fascinating.

Recognizing that they may not have been in the most friendly of terrains, it's interesting to me that a family of six people suffered starvation when there were no other humans within 150 miles. It makes you think about how few humans could really be supported on earth in a true subsistence lifestyle.

ChiefMojo
01-30-2013, 04:25 PM
Really cool stuff right there!

ct
01-30-2013, 04:37 PM
Fascinating.

Recognizing that they may not have been in the most friendly of terrains, it's interesting to me that a family of six people suffered starvation when there were no other humans within 150 miles. It makes you think about how few humans could really be supported on earth in a true subsistence lifestyle.

prep or die

Buehler445
01-30-2013, 06:19 PM
prep or die

I choose death.

LiveSteam
01-30-2013, 07:57 PM
Dam. that could be me & my Spam.

65TPT
01-30-2013, 09:39 PM
Incest

65TPT
01-30-2013, 09:39 PM
amazing story

threebag02
01-30-2013, 10:00 PM
Incest

Dhat's um eatin pussy rite dare.

Easy 6
01-30-2013, 10:05 PM
Fascinating.

Recognizing that they may not have been in the most friendly of terrains, it's interesting to me that a family of six people suffered starvation when there were no other humans within 150 miles. It makes you think about how few humans could really be supported on earth in a true subsistence lifestyle.

I think their biggest mistake was not having any hunting supplies, trapping is such a hit and miss proposition, and trying to run an elk to death like a wolf? competing with wolves and bears for the same animal? holy crap!

I have to think that fish played a major role in their diet, even though its not mentioned in the story, to have such a presumably abundant resource outside their door and not use it? it doesnt make sense in the context of them saying that the late 50's were "the hungry years".

But you're right, if some modern catastrophe happened today and all of the sudden thousands of people were trying to make their living off the land in this country?... it'd be incredibly tough.