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Anybody ever actually try any paleolithic reenactment?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM

I know as well as pretty much everybody else that the purpose of the paleo diet is metabolism, not reenactment. Otherwise, where the heck are we gonna find a mammoth to hunt?

But I really do think it'd be awesome to once in a while throw on some furs, knap a flint spearhead, and maybe chase down a deer to roast over an open fire.

Anybody else?

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on August 18, 2011
at 10:59 PM

Once some friends and I found a truck jack next to a highway. We traded it to a farmer for a suckling pig and had a lovely pit roast. At least it was sort of a paleo economy re-enactment. And there was a pig and a pit and fire involved. ummmmmm Yeah, I've got nothing either.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on August 18, 2011
at 10:58 PM

Once some friends and I found a truck jack next to a highway. We traded it to a farmer for a suckling pig and had a lovely pig pit roast. At least it was sort of a paleo economy re-enactment. And there was a pig and a pit involved. ummmmmm Yeah, I've got nothing either.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on August 18, 2011
at 10:57 PM

Once some friends and I found a truck jack next to a highway. We traded it to a farmer for a suckling pig and had a lovely pig pit roast. At least it was sort of a paleo economy re-enactment. And there was a pig and a pit involved. ummmmmm

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on August 18, 2011
at 10:06 PM

i'm a big fan of mr. sisson myself :)

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on August 18, 2011
at 06:24 PM

masochism has its benefits

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on August 18, 2011
at 06:20 PM

As it turns out, I was only re-enacting the 1880s in Kansas, when locusts (actually grasshoppers) ate all the crops, so my great-greats ate the locusts. (ugh, grain fed bugs) Oh well. Naked bramble berry picking? You are brave.

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on August 18, 2011
at 06:12 PM

I think that hardcore-ness is something that could be cultivated though, like you said.

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on August 18, 2011
at 06:09 PM

i was indeed. adult summer camp is so much better than the ones my parents sent me to as a child. do tell; what kind of bugs? and did they taste okay?

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on August 18, 2011
at 05:55 PM

+1 for dorky fun. Mark Sisson would approve.

A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

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on August 18, 2011
at 05:40 PM

A little bit.. ;)

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on August 18, 2011
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I spent sometime this weekend bashing lizards and eating bugs. It wasn't as fun as I thought it would be. Should have gone with the berries. Assuming you weren't naked while picking?

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A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

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on August 18, 2011
at 05:25 PM

We used to do survival "campouts" when I was growing up in AK. The idea was to bring along as little as you could and survive by building a shelter, gathering food, and making fire, etc.

We would mostly eat fish, berries, limpets, clams, fiddle greens, dear hearts.. Our shelters were just small lean-tos, just enough to keep the rain off.

These campouts would bring us about as close to nature as you would ever want to get, (think wet and cold) and give you a pretty good idea what our ancestors were living like. Although I imagine they were way better at it.

I highly recommend it, call it Minimalist Camping, maybe it will be the next big thing in the Paleo-sphere (I expect full credit).

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on August 18, 2011
at 04:54 PM

i spent a weekend naked eating wild berries. does that count?

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on August 18, 2011
at 06:24 PM

masochism has its benefits

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 18, 2011
at 06:20 PM

As it turns out, I was only re-enacting the 1880s in Kansas, when locusts (actually grasshoppers) ate all the crops, so my great-greats ate the locusts. (ugh, grain fed bugs) Oh well. Naked bramble berry picking? You are brave.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 18, 2011
at 05:35 PM

I spent sometime this weekend bashing lizards and eating bugs. It wasn't as fun as I thought it would be. Should have gone with the berries. Assuming you weren't naked while picking?

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on August 18, 2011
at 06:09 PM

i was indeed. adult summer camp is so much better than the ones my parents sent me to as a child. do tell; what kind of bugs? and did they taste okay?

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5ece87cc2ce4bb02d983643cf25107f3

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on August 18, 2011
at 05:39 PM

would it be totally dorky to admit that i like to throw long branches like a spear at things while i'm running/goofing off in the woods?

A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

(1936)

on August 18, 2011
at 05:40 PM

A little bit.. ;)

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 18, 2011
at 05:55 PM

+1 for dorky fun. Mark Sisson would approve.

5ece87cc2ce4bb02d983643cf25107f3

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on August 18, 2011
at 10:06 PM

i'm a big fan of mr. sisson myself :)

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on August 18, 2011
at 06:08 PM

It's kind of depressing to think of just how much more hardcore a Pleistocene human was than we are and how much greater their tolerance for discomfort was. The chasm between us and them or between us and a modern HG is massive. As silly as such reenactment is, it's probably a good thing for recalibrating your appreciation for what you have.

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on August 18, 2011
at 06:12 PM

I think that hardcore-ness is something that could be cultivated though, like you said.

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on August 18, 2011
at 06:09 PM

i go hiking with my shirt off. once i picked some berries i came across. the air conditioning was great when i got home though... #fail.

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on August 18, 2011
at 06:01 PM

My dream is to go hog hunting, then throw a big bbq party and roast the hog in the ground. I think that counts.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 18, 2011
at 10:57 PM

Once some friends and I found a truck jack next to a highway. We traded it to a farmer for a suckling pig and had a lovely pig pit roast. At least it was sort of a paleo economy re-enactment. And there was a pig and a pit involved. ummmmmm

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 18, 2011
at 10:59 PM

Once some friends and I found a truck jack next to a highway. We traded it to a farmer for a suckling pig and had a lovely pit roast. At least it was sort of a paleo economy re-enactment. And there was a pig and a pit and fire involved. ummmmmm Yeah, I've got nothing either.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 18, 2011
at 10:58 PM

Once some friends and I found a truck jack next to a highway. We traded it to a farmer for a suckling pig and had a lovely pig pit roast. At least it was sort of a paleo economy re-enactment. And there was a pig and a pit involved. ummmmmm Yeah, I've got nothing either.

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