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Would you pay to rusticate in a camp like in the 'i, caveman experiment'?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 04, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Here's the idea: Set up a camp experience like in the recent 'I, caveman' show. It would be professionally designed. It would be designed as a hard, but not unconquerable experience. It would be designed to be at least as emotional an experience as demonstrated in the 'I, caveman' show. The camp would be aimed at stressed-out modern western humans. You pay for the experience and it would last a defined amount of time, like a vacation.

Does this sort of idea interest you? Do you think it could be profitable and worthwhile? Would you rusticate for a month or so?

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on February 01, 2012
at 04:58 PM

Yeah, no way would I pay for that as if it were a vacation. But if it were a game show/reality TV type, maybe with potential for winning money? I would take time off of work for it but wouldn't pay for it.

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on February 01, 2012
at 03:13 PM

well said. I would totally do something like this. +1

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on October 04, 2011
at 07:37 PM

"Civilized man refused to adapt himself to his environment.Instead he adapted his environment to suit him.So he built cities, roads, vehicles, machinery.He put up power lines to run his labor saving devices.But he didn't know when to stop.The more he improved his surroundings to make life easier the more complicated he made it.Now his children are sentenced to 10 to 15 years of school,to learn how to survive in this complex and hazardous habitat.Civilized man,who refused to adapt to his surroundings now finds he has to adapt and readapt every hour of the day to his self-created environment."

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on February 01, 2012
at 02:22 PM

I think a retreat like this could be valuable as long as it included workshops led by survival specialists (in the style of MovNat). I think it would be really hard to just "figure it out" when most modern-day humans have not been taught a thing about living off the land. By incorporating hands-on hunting, fishing, shelter-construction, etc. workshops, it would be a less stressful experience. I know that in iCaveman, they were taught basic survival skills before heading out into the wild, but I think it would be critical to have a guide there all the time. Perhaps with extended practice, individuals could be left to their own devices, but certainly not at first.

Honestly I think the most valuable aspect of a retreat of this nature is reconnecting with the natural world and tapping into the depths of our humanness.

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on February 01, 2012
at 03:13 PM

well said. I would totally do something like this. +1

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on October 05, 2011
at 01:47 AM

Vacation? Not by my lights. More like a potentially profitable learning experience. I'm sure it could be fascinating.

My idea of a vacation is a four letter word. Maui.

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on February 01, 2012
at 04:58 PM

Yeah, no way would I pay for that as if it were a vacation. But if it were a game show/reality TV type, maybe with potential for winning money? I would take time off of work for it but wouldn't pay for it.

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on October 05, 2011
at 01:41 AM

I would prefer to start a transient hunter-gather community of some sort where people go for a longer period of time and you help out in the "community" rather than pay much of a fee. You live off the land.

Just not sure how to keep up with my hobbies, which I would start to miss after the novelty wears off.

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on October 04, 2011
at 06:00 PM

Yes I would do that. The only modern piece of equipment I want to bring is a camera.

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on February 01, 2012
at 03:48 PM

Sounds like a cross between "I, Caveman" and MovNat ...

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on February 01, 2012
at 03:28 PM

Absolutely. But no (modern stuff like) cameras allowed.

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on February 01, 2012
at 03:17 PM

I think what most interests me about this is the opportunity to appreciate both the life of our ancestors, but our modern lives as well. I've found in the past that primitive camping made me re-appreciate things like, you know, a stove. It's very tempting to decry all technology, because in my opinion it's changed our society for the worse in certain ways. For the record, I live in a big city, and I am looking forward to moving.

Thus, this kind of camp would mean I would learn a lot about truly primitive living, which would be great. But it would therefore shift some of my perspective on living in the modern world.

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on February 01, 2012
at 01:40 PM

I would love to do something like this! I'd be an excellent hunter for sure!

Get me involved!

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on October 06, 2011
at 02:59 PM

Most certainly! And seeing how many "survival schools" make some sort of a living nowadays, I´d suppose there are enough people out there who would be willing to pay for such an experience. I think some problems could arise trying to set up legal and nonetheless authentic primitive hunting possibilities. Another problem could be that you might be held responsible for any health issues that come up if you don´t ensure proper medical supervision. If you get those concerns sorted out you might have a nice business concept there ;o)

Regards

Bernd

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on October 05, 2011
at 02:16 AM

100% absolutely yes. I'm still disappointed at what Survivor turned out to be as a show. Can this camp be where Tom Hanks got stranded with Wilson?

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on October 05, 2011
at 12:25 AM

I'm not sure how profitable it would be as a business (how many nutcases are the silly enough to do it? :), but, yes I would pay and would love to experience it.

But then most of my holidays are spent trekking in some far of land a long ways from civilization.

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on October 04, 2011
at 11:41 PM

Personally, it doesn't sound like a vacation to have to hunt my food. I would actually find it more stressful than my life today.

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on October 04, 2011
at 07:10 PM

Sounds great to me. I would love to de-stress and be a caveman for a week or two.

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