Survivorman goes off-grid

Survivorman Les Stroud goes off grid. This screen shot from the videos shows the wall tent he and his family lived in while their old farm house was being renovated.

Going off-grid. It’s a nice ideal, but how practical is it? How tough would it be to do it? Do you think you and your family would survive?

If you’re familiar with Survivorman (Les Stroud) you’ll know he has survived some of the harshest environments on the planet and he’s still around. When I had cable TV(we cut it a few years ago and don’t miss it) I used to watch his show quite often.

The other day I was surfing YouTube and discovered that Les Stroud had a series of shows on going off-grid. I had no idea! Well, Survivorman has done it and survived. I would bet it’s probably been his toughest challenge (when you throw a wife and two kids into the mix).

I think it’s one thing to go off-grid if there are only two of you, and in this series they explored the impact it was having on their children. If the children were born into it, that’s one thing, but to make the change is a whole different story. I have two teenagers and to them even the thought of being away from the city AND going off-grid, well, let’s just say my ideas are thought to be a little crazy.

Stroud and his family renovated an old farmhouse, which was an interesting exercise. We don’t plan to do that. Our plan is to find raw land and start from scratch with a small house and build up from there. I think it’ll be cheaper, not necessarily easier though.

I embedded the videos below. They’re only about 10 minutes each and really worth watching. I think they made a few mistakes along with way, but that’s how you learn. Hopefully I won’t make the same ones, but I’m sure I’ll make some different ones.

UPDATE: Unfortunately these videos have been removed from YouTube. They may be in another location now, so if you can find them, they’re well worth watching!

By Alain Saffel

If I were to picture my ideal life, I’d be sitting in some far off land, sipping a coffee in a café, my backpack at my side, camera around my neck, motorcycle at the curb, pondering my next stop or maybe madly typing away on my laptop about my latest adventure. Of course my home base will be a rural location, somewhere in Canada.

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