Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Ben » Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:48 am

Sekha wrote:I would be curious to know how he managed to survive. I was told there is another american guy in Myanmar who has spent a decade or so alone in the forest.


Infinitely easier in Myanmar where you have a culture which supports bhikkhus. It would not surprise me if the American gentleman living alone in Myanmar is ordained.
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Sekha » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:06 am

If I remember properly, he is just an ascetic ("isi" in Burmese) because he doesn't want to be affiliated to a particular monastic sect. He surely benefits from the people's generosity, but it's still the heck of a performance even in warm tropical climate. I wish I were able to do the same.

I was told he has eventually been forced to join a monastery for administrative purposes.
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Ben » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:16 am

Sekha wrote:I was told he has eventually been forced to join a monastery for administrative purposes.


Yes, I can't imagine the Dept of Immigration looking to kindly on an American overstaying his visa for the better part of ten years.
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Sekha » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:33 am

I was actually told it did last for a decade or so because he was kind of protected by a high profile official. But unfortunately this protection was not to last forever.
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Tom » Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:06 am

Ben wrote: you don't need a fire to stay warm or cook.


being a young city-dweller I don't know too much about camping. How can one stay warm or cook without a fire?
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby poto » Fri Apr 26, 2013 5:41 pm

ccharles wrote:
Ben wrote: you don't need a fire to stay warm or cook.


being a young city-dweller I don't know too much about camping. How can one stay warm or cook without a fire?


The article stated that he stole propane tanks and cooked with it.

Also, there are sleeping bags rated to -30F. I have slept in such bags at near those temperatures and they do manage to keep you warm. Although, you have to cover your face or your breath will freeze on your face. I suspect during the coldest winter days he probably didn't leave his sleeping bag for very long.
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Re: Maine hermit discovered after 27 years

Postby Ben » Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:21 pm

poto wrote:
ccharles wrote:
Ben wrote: you don't need a fire to stay warm or cook.


being a young city-dweller I don't know too much about camping. How can one stay warm or cook without a fire?


The article stated that he stole propane tanks and cooked with it.

Also, there are sleeping bags rated to -30F. I have slept in such bags at near those temperatures and they do manage to keep you warm. Although, you have to cover your face or your breath will freeze on your face. I suspect during the coldest winter days he probably didn't leave his sleeping bag for very long.


Yes, I have one of those bags but rated to -32C. If you also look at his set up, it looks quite smart how he set up his sleeping area in a tent within a larger tent/or tarp. But I also agree that he probably didn't leave his sleeping bag much during winter.
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