His profile lists many conventional hobbies and interests like hiking, camping and eating Mexican food. But it also mentions his “extensive background with firearms for defense and hunting.” And that he has an alternative water source, likes to go to thrift stores to find gadgets that don’t use electricity, and cans venison so he’ll have meat “if the grid goes down and there are no freezers.”
His idea of an attractive woman is someone who is physically fit and loves the outdoors. “I’m not looking for someone wearing a designer dress and purse — I want someone who looks wholesome, and a woman wearing a backpack in her profile picture is an automatic 10,” he said.
Because he lives in the mountains of Montana, distance has been a problem. He has met only one woman face-to-face out of more than 20 he has corresponded with on the site. After she visited him in Montana, they decided to just remain friends.
Distance is one of several issues cited by another member, Larissa Kama, 42, who goes by the screenname nwredhead. Kama has a “bug-out bag” full of gear near her front door in case disaster strikes, but she considers herself less “hardcore” than many of the men she has encountered on the site.
“I’ve come across a lot of freaks who live in a hole in the ground, who message me and say, ‘Run, run to me — I’m a mile underground in the middle of Nebraska,” said Kama, who lives in Portland, Ore. “I don’t want to hide down in a bunker for the rest of my life. I’m really okay with the outside world — we’re not facing any end-of-world scenario yet, so I want to live in this moment.”