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Loopin for the Lama 08-26-2014 10:44 AM

30 years a hermit in the Maine woods
 
http://www.gq.com/news-politics/news...?currentPage=1



An interesting read on a guy who spent almost 30 years in the woods without any human contact. Incredible he survived the winters he did (if you believe his story that he never sought out other shelter). It’s actually more interesting to me as a pyschological study as opposed to the physical aspect of what he went through.

Probably the first time a GQ article has been linked to on the forum!

marshmallow 08-26-2014 11:36 AM

Thank you
 
for sharing that link. It was a wonderful article!!!!!:)

vtflyfish 08-26-2014 12:56 PM

Absolutely fascinating article. I wonder what's become of him.

redhawk 08-26-2014 01:47 PM

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Originally Posted by vtflyfish (Post 221430)
Absolutely fascinating article. I wonder what's become of him.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/11/2...ogram-da-says/

redhawk 08-26-2014 01:48 PM

He probably had more contentment in his life then any of us could ever hope for.

runslikeajohndeere 08-27-2014 10:46 AM

Interesting read considering the few moments a day some appreciate nature, freedom and will.

Here is another story about a Russian family that lived apart from society- linked in comments section of GQ
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/histor...354256/?no-ist

Neil 08-27-2014 11:25 AM

He was a burglar and a thief and I would guess was mentally ill.

ADK123 08-27-2014 01:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Neil (Post 221455)
He was a burglar and a thief and I would guess was mentally ill.

The article did not seem to indicate he was mentally ill. Instead they speculate he has Asperger's - which puts him on the autism spectrum. Those with Asperger's are typically highly intelligent, but socially inept.

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Originally Posted by redhawk (Post 221433)
He probably had more contentment in his life then any of us could ever hope for.

From his comments at the end of the article it would seem he was exactly that - content.

geogymn 08-27-2014 05:27 PM

I thought that it would be impossible to stay hidden for 30 years. Gives a psyche hope.

Jackson 08-27-2014 07:04 PM

Man, how I'd love to disappear for 30 years !!!!!! Or more............

Alpine1 08-27-2014 07:37 PM

I think anyone who read the article got the thief/burglar part :-) Personal feelings aside its still a pretty amazing story.

BillB 08-27-2014 09:07 PM

I found this story to be a very interesting read. I think many of us have thought about escaping from society at one time or another. We all enjoy the outdoors, or we wouldn't be on this forum. But he survived by taking items from those around him who remained part of society. I'm not so accepting of that. Still, his apparent ability to survive the winters is remarkable.

Edb 46 er 08-27-2014 09:53 PM

I believe there was a fella' in the Adirondack Blue Ridge Wilderness that had a story somewhat the same. Not quite 30 years though. He was spotted in a snow storm leaving bicycle tracks into the woods by a DOT employee?

peskypup 08-27-2014 11:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Edb 46 er (Post 221481)
I believe there was a fella' in the Adirondack Blue Ridge Wilderness that had a story somewhat the same. Not quite 30 years though. He was spotted in a snow storm leaving bicycle tracks into the woods by a DOT employee?

It was in Brant Lake that he was caught after a tip from the local plow crew, though he apparently spent time in Chazy Lake and Massachusetts. Claimed he'd been living in the woods for 20 years.

http://poststar.com/news/police-iden...f10de0bf3.html

Neil 08-28-2014 06:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BillB (Post 221480)
I found this story to be a very interesting read. I think many of us have thought about escaping from society at one time or another. We all enjoy the outdoors, or we wouldn't be on this forum. But he survived by taking items from those around him who remained part of society. I'm not so accepting of that. Still, his apparent ability to survive the winters is remarkable.

Bill, you say it much more nicely than I did.

I seriously doubt any healthy individual would be happy to spend 30 years or even 30 days of their life cut off from social contact, sneaking around forcing entry into the intimacy of others' homes, going through their stuff and stealing it.

Even if one went about it an honest way I still doubt a healthy person would remain happy and at peace with themselves for long. Hunter-gatherers, as far as I understand, were social beings.

I do agree that it is an interesting story and it does make one wonder.

However, a much better story is titled "Land of Feast and Famine". Check it out, and then dream.

Justin 08-28-2014 07:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Neil (Post 221455)
He was a burglar and a thief and I would guess was mentally ill.

I agree.
I lost interest in the article after the first couple paragraphs.

marshmallow 08-28-2014 09:08 AM

It makes me
 
wonder what kind of family life he really had before heading into the woods. His FAMILY didn't even really seem to care that he was gone/missing. If my son was missing no matter what age, I would be searching high and low for him.

redhawk 08-28-2014 10:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Justin (Post 221485)
I agree.
I lost interest in the article after the first couple paragraphs.

Why? I think you may have expressed a wish at one time or another about being able to just stay in the woods. For any of us to be able to do that, we have to have some means of survival, especially if we want to avoid any human contact as he did. So, one would have to be able to hunt and gather, as well as tan and make their own clothes, tools and shelter, or steal.

One or the other. He did the latter. I'm not the one to judge him. I have a certain admiration that he did survive out there that long and avoided all human contact in spite of the means.

I've learned in my lifetime that my morals (or possibly in some cases immorality) and ethics are the yardstick which I measure myself by, and I have neither the authority nor the right to impose them on anyone else.I am unable to put myself in this man's shoes. I have no idea what his thought process is. Therefore I will not judge him, but wish him well.

With the state of the world today and the behavior of humans, i wish I could avoid all contact with them(at the sake of being labled "unhealthy"). My finest and most enjoyable times are when I am alone, isolated, with only my thoughts and actions to deal with.

Justin 08-28-2014 12:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redhawk (Post 221498)
Why? I think you may have expressed a wish at one time or another about being able to just stay in the woods. For any of us to be able to do that, we have to have some means of survival, especially if we want to avoid any human contact as he did. So, one would have to be able to hunt and gather, as well as tan and make their own clothes, tools and shelter, or steal...

I don't have much respect for people who steal. Food is one thing, but stealing personal property for any reason is another thing.
From what I've gathered only reading the first few paragraphs from the link in the original post, he was basically a homeless person living in isolation, and they've been trying to catch this guy for a while. Thankfully they did, or I'm sure he would've continued to take things that do not belong to him. Same goes for Alan Como.

I don't ever remember reading about guys like Noah Rondeau and French Louie being thieves. In fact, I think I remember reading that people would steal from them. Just saying. I know things are much different now.

I'll read the rest of the article, and click the other links when I get a little more time. Gotta go for now.

Neil 08-28-2014 12:35 PM

Some very intense solitude can be found amongst the crowds in downtown Montreal or New York City or Paris or....


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