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Now this is a story of survival.

It is a long but good read...

For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

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Thus it was in the remote south of the forest in the summer of 1978. A helicopter sent to find a safe spot to land a party of geologists was skimming the treeline a hundred or so miles from the Mongolian border when it dropped into the thickly wooded valley of an unnamed tributary of the Abakan, a seething ribbon of water rushing through dangerous terrain. The valley walls were narrow, with sides that were close to vertical in places, and the skinny pine and birch trees swaying in the rotors' downdraft were so thickly clustered that there was no chance of finding a spot to set the aircraft down. But, peering intently through his windscreen in search of a landing place, the pilot saw something that should not have been there. It was a clearing, 6,000 feet up a mountainside, wedged between the pine and larch and scored with what looked like long, dark furrows. The baffled helicopter crew made several passes before reluctantly concluding that this was evidence of human habitation—a garden that, from the size and shape of the clearing, must have been there for a long time.



TulaneUVA
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re: Now this is a story of survival.
Quote about that hunter guy who would stalk elk over days barefoot and in 40degF.


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Yet the Lykovs lived permanently on the edge of famine. It was not until the late 1950s, when Dmitry reached manhood, that they first trapped animals for their meat and skins. Lacking guns and even bows, they could hunt only by digging traps or pursuing prey across the mountains until the animals collapsed from exhaustion. Dmitry built up astonishing endurance, and could hunt barefoot in winter, sometimes returning to the hut after several days, having slept in the open in 40 degrees of frost, a young elk across his shoulders. More often than not, though, there was no meat, and their diet gradually became more monotonous. Wild animals destroyed their crop of carrots, and Agafia recalled the late 1950s as "the hungry years." "We ate the rowanberry leaf," she said,




TulaneUVA
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That dude is a boss


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Dooshay
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I bet them seeing that helicopter land and some people in modern clothes step out is equivalent to a space ship landing in our yard full of aliens.


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Just goes to show you, all you need to survive is a good knife. You can do everything with just that


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BarDTiger81
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Damn that is wild.


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JAB528
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Holy shite. I could not even imagine what that would've been like.


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braindeadboxer
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That's something else.

ETA: on the bright side they were most likely the freest people in the USSR
This post was edited on 1/30 at 5:41 pm


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El Josey Wales
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That's pretty impressive a human running an animal to exhaustion.


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I thought the same thing Josey


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