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In the age of technology, the world is getting smaller, and some people go to extreme lengths and places to escape. For a rare breed, homesteads are still far too close for comfort. For them, independence means re-defining "off the grid." A collection of unique individuals are hiding out where no one else thinks to look – "above the grid" in the trees, "below the grid" in caves, "outside the grid" on a remote island, and "beyond the grid" on the mountaintops. They say that any true refuge comes at a price…but some people are willing to pay it.
In today's technology-driven world, few corners of the globe are not connected to the grid. But these places do exist, for people who are determined enough to seek them out.
On the edge of the world, even the most solitary people must rely on a few trusted allies to endure. For those who live outside of society, a little help can go a long way.
For some, finding peace of mind means hiding out where no else thinks to look…but that solitude can come at a high cost.
Life off the grid provides freedom, but that independence doesn't come easy. Whether it's finding food, stocking the medicine cabinet or battling the elements, life in the Boonies requires a daily dose of sweat and blood. "Below the Grid" in Arkansas, Joe Ray must work every week to provide the food he needs to survive. With his pantry running low, he prepares to hunt for wild game – and it looks like hog might be on the menu. "Above the Grid," in the trees of Onion Creek, Washington, Doc and Jeanny Leverett rely on one another to remedy most problems that arise…including the kind of illness currently plaguing Doc. While he is quarantined in the tree house, Jeanny turns to her unique medicine cabinet – the woods around her. "Beyond the Grid" in Idaho, Bear Claw has lived high atop the ridgelines of the Clearwater Mountains for the past 10 years. Every year, to celebrate the anniversary of his arrival in the wilderness, Bear Claw embarks on a pack trip to the site of his very first camp. Per tradition, he is joined by Hans and Conan Ausmussen, the father and son mountain men who took him under their wing when he first arrived. "Outside the grid," in the middle of Lake Michigan, a series of severe storms has punished the Beaver Island archipelago. Now, in the wake of the storm, Dan Burton must pick up the pieces – a job that will require lifting a fallen tree off of his truck.
For those choosing to live a life of solitude, there's always work to be done. Whether it's protecting your home from intruders or preparing for Mother Nature's worst, every day presents a new challenge to tackle. In Arkansas, as trespassers come close to Joe Ray's home below the grid, he sets up a homemade security system to protect his solitary way of life. Meanwhile, high above the grid in Washington, Doc and Jeanny Leverett expand their elevated home to avoid bears encroaching on the woods around their tree house. In Idaho's Clearwater Mountains, Bear Claw must make a tough journey back to the edge of civilization. Traveling through a steep, dense forest, he heads closer to the grid, to receive an important message from the outside world. And in Michigan, outside the grid, an impending cold front forces Dan Burton to prepare Garden Island's emergency shelters before temperatures drop.
Outside the grid, everything must be earned. The work is hard, but for those who choose this lifestyle, a job well done means a life well lived.
The old adage known as "Murphy's Law" says – anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. On the edge of civilization, that means always being prepared for the worst. Out here, far from the modern world, the forces of nature present dire challenges. "Outside the Grid," during the onslaught of a severe drought, Bear Claw struggles to find water for his camp in the Clearwater Mountains of Idaho. "Below the Grid," a small earthquake in the Ozarks transforms Joe Ray's underground home, and now he must find a new path to daylight. "Above the Grid," in Onion Creek, Washington, Doc and Jeanny Leverett grapple with wildfires burning dangerously close to their tree house. "Outside the Grid," on remote Beaver Island, Dan Burton drops everything to search for a friend adrift somewhere on Lake Michigan.
On the edge of civilization, life is lived by the seasons. As autumn arrives, temperatures grow colder, and those outside the grid begin preparation for the toughest time of year. Out here, they must always be ready for what lies ahead. In his caves "Below the Grid", Joe Ray does all he can to avoid the modern world. But today, he must make his annual visit to town to stockpile necessary winter resources. High "Above the Grid", Doc and Jeanny Leverett prepare for darker days ahead, and indoor confinement for Jeanny due to an unusual medical condition. She has a rare allergy to the cold, and Doc plans special home improvements to keep her comfortable during the coming chill. "Beyond the Grid" in the mountains of Idaho, with temperatures beginning to cool, nomadic Bear Claw packs up his tent and heads for the protection of his winter camp. The long journey on horseback includes several stops along the way, as Bear Claw gathers supplies essential to his life on the trail. And "Outside the grid", on an island in the middle of Lake Michigan, Dan Burton and his family rely on stockpiled food to make it through the frozen winter months. Now, Dan is on a mission to fill his freezer in any way he can.
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