The first problem with the remote cabin in the woods (RCITW) bug-out hideaway is that "remote" and "secret" are two different things.
A flurry of recent headlines has highlighted the financial elitesí interest in secure retreats (a.k.a. bug-out locations) should the trucks stop rolling. That those with the most money and access to expertise are preparing safe havens has moved the conversation about bug-out plans from the alt-media to the mainstream, however briefly.
The basic idea is to develop some measure of security in an increasingly insecure world, and pursue some measure of independence in an increasingly fragile system of global supply chains.
The intuitive solution to many, from the super-wealthy on down, is some version of a hideaway in the woods: a remote locale known only to the owner, where the owner can burrow safely away until the storm passes.
It turns out security and independence are tricky qualities, and surprising reversals are not just possible but likely: what appears to be secure at first glance might be highly insecure, and independence turns out to be highly relative.
The Remote Cabin in the Woods: the Perfect Target for Theft
The first problem with the remote cabin in the woods (RCITW) bug-out hideaway is that "remote" and "secret" are two different things. As I explained in my 2008 essay The Art of Survival, Taoism and the Warring States, the local residents have a much different view of whatís remote and secret than outsiders.
Simply put, if humans are settled anywhere nearby, nothing is remote or secret. I have come across guys on foot in extremely remote logging roads miles from any paved road, much less a settlement. Iíve been startled by hunters on family-owned wooded acreage far from neighbors or towns.
Throw in drones, Internet access to detailed terrain photography that was once the domain of spy satellites and humansí healthy curiosity, and "remote" and "secret" just got even scarcer.