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    Default New History Channel show - Mountain Men

    The History Channel introduces viewers to the real meaning of living the "simple" life on Mountain Men.

    4With all of the hip talk about living “off the grid” that has infiltrated the speech of many so-called “preppers,” i.e. “doomsday preppers,” it is not surprising that the History Channel is introducing a new show, Mountain Men, to take a look at the reality of the "simple" life dreamed about by so many.

    “Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live your life off the grid?” they ask potential viewers of this reality show. Fans are promised a look into the lives of true mountain men, who do not have the “complications of modern society.” These men, they say, truly live lives in the wilderness, and rely on nature for their sustenance.

    Could you do it?

    Think about it for a minute. Maybe you prefer to purchase organic-grown veggies at the grocery store or local farmers market, but could you really grow all of your own vegetables? And preserve them for use throughout the year? And, what about meat? Again, you may be organic all the way, but what if you had to not only raise that cow/chicken/turkey/pig, but kill it and clean it? Could you do it? Could you go out in the surrounding wilderness and take down deer/bear/moose/etc.? Go fishing? Could you process these creatures yourself, and, again, preserve them for use during the harsh winters of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina; seven-month winters of the Yaak River area in Montana; or absolutely frigid conditions in northern Alaska?

    This is the “simple” life.

    There are more challenges for these men than just finding food—mudslides, weather, and facing off with animals that may be hungrier than they are at the moment, not to mention building and maintaining their surroundings. Often, when one dreams of the “simple” life, the true weight of such living is not part of the equation. But, after all, it’s just a daydream—unless you live it, like these men do.

    Meet the Mountain Men

    The cast of Mountain Men are described as follows by the History Channel:

    Eustace Conway

    Eustace says that, when he was 16, spirits told him to live off the land during a Native American ceremony. So he and a few friends bought a 1,000-acre piece of land in the Blue Ridge Mountains called Turtle Creek Preserve, of which he owns 500 acres. Interns come to Eustace to learn the old ways of living with nature in a self-sustaining society. They include Justin, a tough city boy who can be hard to handle and doesn’t like taking orders; Chloe, a college student who hopes to someday help Eustace take Turtle Island Preserve to the next level; and Jessie, who is willing to work hard but struggles to adjust to the harsher side of outdoor living.

    Marty Meierotto

    Marty was 8 when his dad took him fur trapping for the first time. From that moment, he knew he’d be trapping for the rest of his life. At 25, with 10 bucks in his pocket, he set out for Alaska, where he’s now known as one of the top trappers in the territory. Marty lives in a cabin 100 miles south of the Arctic Circle with his wife Dominique and their daughter Noah. Working the trap line means leaving his family for weeks at a time to live in his primitive one-room log cabin 200 miles from civilization. In bone-chilling isolation just a stone’s throw from the Yukon Territories, he relies on his wits to survive nature’s deadliest obstacles. It’s heartbreaking to be away from his family, but Marty’s inner spirit is calling him to the wild—and he has to listen.

    Tom Oar

    Tom was a bronco rider on the rodeo circuit for 28 years. When the work started to take a toll on his body, the long-time trapper taught himself tanning to support himself and the love of his life, Nancy. They’ve been a team for more than 40 years. Nancy worries about Tom working the trap lines every day: wolves are becoming a big problem, and he’s not a young man anymore. She’s concerned that if his health or hers should fail, they’ll be forced to give up the life they love and move to Florida with his kids. Their neighbor Will is a close friend of Tom’s from their rodeo days. He looks up to Tom, who taught him how to live the mountain man life. Now that Tom and Nancy are getting older, he helps them out from time to time.

    Meet the men and their families, and learn about truly living a life “off the grid,” when Mountain Men premieres on the History Channel tonight, Thursday, May 31, at 10/9C.

    UPDATE: Mountain Men: A modern-day Alone in the Wilderness

    Mountain Men gives viewers life off the grid on History Channel | HULIQ


    Black Blade: Saw this last night. Was better than the obviously staged "Doomsday Preppers" type shows. Not that this one isn't staged, but looks more realistic.
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    I saw this show the other night and though soon i will not be able to keep up, thank god I no longer watch Son of Guns or American guns

    so between Swamp People ( troy & gang) Duck Dynasty, Top shot, top guns, air alaska, gold rush ( todd & gang) Mountain men, my Welsh & Irish sitcoms on PBS, & Outdoor channel I will no longer have time to build I think I forgot a show or two

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    I watched & thought it was ridiculus. My idea of a mountain man does not drive a $40.000 pickup truck or an airplane. One quote was " He just makes enough to pay his bills" ! Mountain man with BILLS??? WTF ,Yeah right! The one couple had a log home bigger than the Cartrights ponderosa!
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    Ya Bradrock ,,, that kinda struck me as a bit funny too,,, man talk about roughing it,, huh???? I should have it so rough!!!! So tell me does that make me a "mountian man" cause I used to hike the AT for two weeks at a time when I worked with the Forest Service??? Don't look to me like they ran into much more than I did during the course of a normal work day on top of a mountian somewheres or as a ice fishing guide like I do now. Didn't look like a big deal to me, just a normal day in paradise!!! IMO

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    Even if the first episode was somewhat tolerable, it won't be long before they ruin it with the whining and bitching and acting like high school girls the same way they do all the others.
    The American Restoration crew are some of the best restorers I've ever seen, but their show has been ruined. IMO


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    PBS nature, documentarys and science shows for me!!! Best use of time spent watching TV, well NASCAR too of course!!! Don't have cable or dish and all this other shit is just ,,,, well,,, just shit!!! Stuff like jersey shore, and stuff like that,,, I can't even imagine watching that crap,,, what a waste of time! No wonder people are such dumb ass's now days, they learn there ways by watching that silly shit!!! More of,,, "The dumbing down of America!!!" I'm afraid to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanvil View Post
    Even if the first episode was somewhat tolerable, it won't be long before they ruin it with the whining and bitching and acting like high school girls the same way they do all the others.
    The American Restoration crew are some of the best restorers I've ever seen, but their show has been ruined. IMO


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    Smile Damn..

    You guys are rough, ruff ruff.
    Well now that I am old and tired. I would build a fort like Jim Bridger did in Wyoming. Top of the "Wind River Canyon."
    Keep many Indian women..
    Sell whiskey too the Injuns.
    "Tim's fort. Last stop for all your needs. We are not cheap, but this is your last stop in the Rockies. Buy here or die. Sorry, no credit cards or checks."
    What is the name of that town top of the "Wind River Canyon."
    Hot spings there. Incredible mountain man history too the place?
    "Man needs but two things to survive alone in the woods. A blow up female doll and his trusty old AK-47" - Thomas Jefferson 1781


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    it won't be long before they ruin it with the whining and bitching and acting like high school girls the same way they do all the others.
    I think the same thing about those type of shows, just watch a few of them when they first start and then forget about 'em because they all end up the same way.



    The American Restoration crew are some of the best restorers I've ever seen, but their show has been ruined. IMO
    But at least that show has a reason to turn that way, he has his teen age son & his friend working at the shop
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    History Channel needs to change their name. Or else bring back the Nazis.

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