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Could You Live Like The Atchleys?

LIFE OFF THE GRID

Meet the Atchleys… the world’s most remote family who live hundreds of miles from civilisation with only hungry bears for company

For the Atchley Family, normal life is just a distant memory after 18 years living off the grid in remote Alaska
FOR many of us, the dream of living a peaceful, self-sufficient life away from it all will always be just that: a dream.
But for the Atchley family, normal life is just a distant memory after 18 years spent living off the grid in remote Alaska.
 The family's remote home is hundreds of miles away from the nearest town
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The family's remote home is hundreds of miles away from the nearest town
 David and Romey upped sticks and carved a new life for themselves out in the Alaskan wilderness
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David and Romey upped sticks and carved a new life for themselves out in the Alaskan wilderness
 The trio only leave their remote cabin for a month every year, when Romey and Sky see their family
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The trio only leave their remote cabin for a month every year, when Romey and Sky see their family
David, Romey, and their 13-year-old son, Sky, are the only people living on their 250-mile stretch of the Nowitna River.
The hippy, weed-loving family have cast off society to carve out their own life, forging a world where only the three of them matter.
Fairbanks, the nearest town, is a 200-mile snowmobile ride away, making your walk to the local Asda look pathetic in comparison to the Atchleys' epic - and dangerous - route to buy groceries.
There are no other people to wind them up, no promotions to chase and definitely no Facebook feeds to check out in the Alaskan wilderness.
There, the prepper family live a life with nothing to worry about... apart from marauding bears, hungry wolves, forest fires, thin ice, disease and the -65 degree temperatures.
And every detail of their previously unseen life has now been documented by British photojournalist Ed Gold, in a series of stunning shots which are all part of an ongoing exhibition at Colchester's Firstsite gallery.
 David goes to collect essential supplies twice a year - and has to ride a snowmobile to get there
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David goes to collect essential supplies twice a year - and has to ride a snowmobile to get there
 Bears pose a constant threat, so the family always carry guns when they leave the cabin
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Bears pose a constant threat, so the family always carry guns when they leave the cabin
 The cabin has no internet connection, although the family have access to power
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The cabin has no internet connection, although the family have access to power
The Atchleys are so off-the-grid that they've done away with pesky concepts like standard time, choosing instead to keep their own based on the Alaskan light.
There's no hot water unless you boil it yourself, and natural snow functions as the family's fridge freezer - which they keep stocked with two years' worth of tinned food.
Teenage son Sky, described as a "social experiment" by his dad, is taught everything he needs to know by his parents, who he plans to look after when they get old.
But for now, the family unwind with their son by smoking their way through their homegrown (and legal) supply of weed.
With no internet, the rest of the family's quality time consists of playing nerdy board game Dungeons and Dragons, although Sky also plays video games like GTA.
 Teenager Sky may be off the grid and home-schooled, but he still plays GTA
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Teenager Sky may be off the grid and home-schooled, but he still plays GTA
 The family's appliances are extremely spartan... and dad David bathes in an old tin tub
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The family's appliances are extremely spartan... and dad David bathes in an old tin tub
 The Atchleys enjoy playing board games and smoking their supply of home-grown weed
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The Atchleys enjoy playing board games and smoking their supply of home-grown weed
But it's not all weed and board games: the closest hospital is hours away, and the family have had run-ins with falling trees, thin ice and wild animals on more than one occasion.
On David and Romey's first ever night at the cabin, their supplies were raided by a bear, and the creatures have been a constant threat ever since.
Soon after, Romey was forced to shoot one whilst David was off fetching more essentials.
She said: "Being by myself, I had to skin it, tan the hide and deal with the meat, which took a whole day".
 The stunning Alaskan wilderness has been home to the quirky family for 18 years
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The stunning Alaskan wilderness has been home to the quirky family for 18 years
 The trio have even developed their own bespoke time zone to encompass the hours of Alaskan daylight
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The trio have even developed their own bespoke time zone to encompass the hours of Alaskan daylight
The family's internet-free existence started in 1999, when David and Romey moved to their remote, self-sufficient cabin, after learning the basic skills they needed to survive.
David, 52, used to work in the city, and Romey, 44, was a waitress before giving it all up to live in the far-flung region.
Now with a son - and pet dog, Charlie - to support, David occasionally works in a goldmine 100 miles away or sells homemade shi


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