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I agree with you about thriving however it is a matter of perspective. I love the outdoors and just being in deep woods or out back make me feel like I’m thriving. On the other hand my wife thinks sleeping on the ground is not happening. Realistically for a prolonged stay out in the woods the more gear you can carry in, the better off you are going to be. A team of pack mules would be nice to have, just like the old miners and trappers used.