Recently, the scientific community presented us with a historic piece of news. Well tucked away, miles deep into a cave in France, a Neanderthal lair was discovered. Some 170,000 years ago, the only existing hominids at the time living in the area were constructing some sort of room. There are traces of deliberately broken stalagmites and stalactites used to create a ring around remnants of burnt animal bones. The discovery raised a lot of answers, but also charged up more questions. Some pieces of rock and material were large enough that it evidently took a team effort of humans to construct the confines of the cave. Coming from the Rouzaud archaeology team brought in to research, “The Neanderthal group responsible for these constructions had a level of social organization that was more complex than previously thought.”
With this discovery, I hope the modern human realizes that our intellect and survival skills should be very apt to prepare to survive in areas beneath the surface of the Earth. For those that want to venture out and test their survival skills, are running away for problems, or wish to live in isolation, highly consider living underground.
Much of my life, I had a fascination with digging. Finding new areas to dig a large hole and create a fortress, I kept this passion for years until I tested out an underground fortress that I helped a friend of mine create in a forest far out from civilization where I realized how simple life could really be.
When you envision yourself living underground, what kind of shelter do you hope for?
Choosing to live in a cave could definitely be ideal for someone running away and they believe to be the only one in the world who knows about this particular cave. Most caves around the world have been explored, but if you go to high latitude in the Northern Hemisphere, or deep in unexplored forests, you may be able to discover something that nobody alive has seen or explored before.
Caves can be great, because your shelter is already constructed and has likely remained intact for thousands, maybe even millions of years, so you can feel at ease knowing the likelihood of collapse is minimal. If you find a deep enough cave, you can bring your supplies far in and have a sense of safety knowing that even if somebody stumbles in, the likelihood of them finding you while you are unprepared to be seen is low.
When exploring caves, look for signs of any human or animal activity throughout the cave. Try to find something that would keep you away from any other humans, or large animals that could pose a threat to you.
Make sure to have a food and water source. You will most likely be hunting and growing your food away from the cave, you don’t want anyone to see your food source so close to your shelter o two birds can be taken out by one stoned individual.
Under a Building
If you are able to tolerate living underneath a trusted individual, it may be of your interest. Most buildings in first world countries are built on a solid foundation and much of the land around or underneath it could tolerate a tunnel system underneath where you could reside alone. This would definitely take a lot of work to construct and if done by yourself, be prepared to work for at the very minimum 6 months before your shelter will be fully optimal.
The benefits of building a tunnel underneath a building or living under one are that you are able to stay near the grid, but still off of it. As long as the access point to your shelter is completely isolated, you should have no problem with anyone finding you as long as you and your host are tight lipped individuals.
Your food source can come from your host, or if you are confident and anonymous enough, you could sneak out and get your food on your own. But also beware of the food that can be produced underground with the right tools and electricity.
Dig a Fortress
If a cave is a hard to find, or doesn’t appeal to you and you want to reside in complete isolation with no risk, you can always build your own simple underground fortress. If you have the will to build it, you will find a way. Your options are nearly endless when it comes to location, and depending on that, your supplies could be too. Everything listed above are options to take into account.
Sewer System and Storm Drains
The worst place to live underground would be the sewer systems. There is much traveling to be done, and even some homes can be constructed in hidden areas. But, the threat of catching disease, being seen by other living down there, floods, and many other threats make these the least suggested areas to take refuge. Do at your own risk.
Are You Prepared?
Taking this step in life is not something that you can decide willy nilly. You must apply some deep thought and truly think about if this is something you want to do. Once this step is taken, adjustments will need to be made, and it is difficult to come back from it. I hope you make the best decision for yourself.