So my journey for knowledge and freedom begins.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Lekdro, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. Lekdro

    Lekdro Monkey

    Hello everyone! I recently stumbled upon survival monkey and saw that there is a wealth of knowledge here to be soaked in.

    Im 29, currently near Chicago and wanting to escape everything. I guess you could say I'm another person that wants to live off grid.

    I'm going to say I have zero survival experience. I do however have some basic knowledge from reading books and checking out youtube.

    I havent had the best life. And I seem to keep running into road blocks every few years or so. Im tired of the daily struggle. Im tired of having to try to please people. I sometimes feel I was born in the wrong time frame.

    So I am. I Dont plan on leaving tomorrow, not a month. I plan on leaving when I know how to handle myself, where i'm going, how im getting there; and how to survive there.

    Sorry for the long intro. I look forward to learning from everyone.
  2. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++

    Welcome to the tree. Good plan. Study and experience will prevent lots of mistakes. Good mentors here with beaucoup real world off grid living. Ask any questions and you'll get answers.
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  3. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Welcome to the Monkey.... and the start to your journey, learning better how to survive this world we live in!!
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  4. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Lots of knowledge here, that is for sure! Welcome! You can learn anything and everything here...gardens, firearms, generators, basic survival, solar electricity, communications, name it! Again, welcome!
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  5. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Hello @Lekdro glad you found us. I would make a joke about survival and Chicago but ...... You sound very
    This is a great plan. Many think they can survive and they have gadgets that they rely on and when those fail, disaster happens. Look forward to reading your posts and if you have questions, we have some real experts on here.
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  6. MountainMariner

    MountainMariner Clearly Ambiguous

    Welcome to the forum!
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  7. Lekdro

    Lekdro Monkey

    Thank you all for the welcome! @Motomom34 i dont blame you for wanting to crack a joke! I can imagine how it sounds. I actually grew up in the outer subburbs and ended up here because of a job. In all honesty, the city was a nice place to visit, not to live.

    I'm very excited to be here. Thanks again!
  8. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Welcome to our Monkey Tree.... Pick yourself out a branch, and have a good look around.... As a Newb, you just might want to spend a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon, listening to Falcon15's Internet Radio Show... SHTF Series / Radio KAOS | Radio KAOS It is designed to cover topics for the Beginning Prep'ers....
    Just do NOT try and snitch any of His Bananas.... That will get you DEAD....[lolol]
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  9. marlas1too

    marlas1too Monkey+++

    OH no Chicago run run don't look back you might turn to salt ==lol=just kidding welcome to SM and I hope you find all you are looking for
  10. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++


    Got any ideas on where you want to go?

    Do you have skills that would let you move to an area far from a place like Chicago?

    Skills like auto mechanic, welder, plumber, carpenter, etc where those skills can earn you a honest living while being far from a shithole like Chicago.

    I would tend to advise against jumping from ORD to the wilds of Alaska. Ask @BTPost he can tell you stories about that going wrong.

    Make the transition in "Stages" while turning your life around. If you stay in the same environment, friends/enemies, you can probably expect the same results.
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  11. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    First step, learn and practice OPSEC.
  12. GOG

    GOG Free American Monkey Site Supporter

    Welcome from the great State of Jefferson.
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  13. Lekdro

    Lekdro Monkey

    Alaska was a dream until I saw a post on here about a man that was dropped off and 9 days later was in need of rescue. I want to be ready, not chewed up and spit out.

    As far as a destination... I am still thinking on that. I would like to be in the woods. And at the sametime if something were to happen, i would like to be somewhat near civilization.

    As far as skills, i have basic mechanic and carpentry skills. My father once said i'm a jack of all trades because of my ablity to pick up on things.

    I'm currently in the process of getting a new job. The main focus is to save as much money as i possibly can so when the time is right, i can just go.

    I have a small amount currently saved, but i know im a ways from having everything I need.

    I feel like fresh meat on the chopping block! I already appreciate the direct questions and suggestions. Keep em' coming!

    I have gear that I would like to share and start a new thread on. I would like to know what to keep, what to add, and what to get rid of. Is there a particular section i should post that in?
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  14. AD1

    AD1 Monkey+++

    Start here and if the mods think there is a better place they will move it. Happens to me all of the time. ;)
    General Survival and Preparedness
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  15. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Welcome! post where you think it goes and mods will move as necessary.

    on the main page just scroll down and look at the topic categories before you de idea where to post.
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  16. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    I betcha if you read a bit here and there, you'll see plenty of opinions on what's worth it and what's not. Might even find comments and reviews on the stuff you already have.
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  17. Lekdro

    Lekdro Monkey

    Good point. I'll do that first before posting.
  18. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    Where do you want to go?
  19. john316

    john316 Monkey+++


    HOOLIGANS Monkey

    Welcome from another new guy.

    On Alaska, and that dude that got in trouble and rescued in 9 days (and I suppose many others..). There are other ways to do it. I have acreage in the woods, off grid and very private, but only an hours drive from town. Some want far more adventure, of course, I'm just saying that you can come here with the right attitude and a little money and learn and go from there..
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