In the modern way of life, people toil away at work or sit at school for hours on end. In their moments of free time, their eyes are glued to brightly lit screens. The financial and social pressures that society creates, like having money, a career, adequate food, or fancy gadgets▼, engage people in an endless spiral. In turn, they might find themselves longing for a connection with nature, whether through hiking, taking a walk by a river, or camping. Some are taking this longing to the extreme by trading their modern lives for a primitive lifestyle.
A National Geographic Channel (NGC) series called Live Free or Die 2 follows the lives of six people in America who are part of a subculture▼ called rewilding▼. You may have heard of rewilding through Christopher McCandless, whose story is recorded in the best-selling nonfiction▼ novel Into the Wild. The idea is to be self-sufficient and live completely off the land in remote areas. In the show, some have built their homes from what they could find in nature. They even hunt, forage, and grow their own food when they need to. Without refrigeration▼, heat, running water, or electricity, they have to focus all of their efforts on surviving every day. However, they’re happy living freely on their own terms.
To be a rewilder is obviously no easy task. One must acquire years’ worth of skills and training to be fully self-sufficient. Each member of the latest season of Live Free or Die 2 has their own set of skills that helps them utilize their surroundings. They must come up with innovative solutions to every obstacle Mother Nature throws at them, such as dealing with harsh weather and finding sources of food, while avoiding the convenience of technology. Learn how to live out in the wild this month on NGC’s Live Free or Die 2.