Using a Cabin in the Mountains to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
For this discussion, I’ll be using my own cabin. It’s in the mountains and set up in a fairly secure spot. There are cabins of all kinds in different parts of whatever mountain range you focus on, and they all will have pros & cons. But I thought it’d be fun to look at mine and see how it measures up.
If you missed my other discussions of surviving a zombie apocalypse, see them at:
Where Would you Hole up During a Zombie Apocalypse? https://myranour.net/where-would-you-hole-up-during-a-zombie-apocalypse/
Using an Island During a Zombie Apocalypse. https://myranour.net/movie-chat-survival-of-the-dead-using-an-island-during-a-zombie-outbreak/
How Would you Survive a Zombie Apocalypse? Using a Boat to Stay Alive. https://myranour.net/how-would-you-survive-a-zombie-apocalypse/
First, the outside, and how to get up to the cabin. We live in a gated community which has a big cast iron gate. For looters, it might take more than ramming it with a car or truck to make it through. Guess some explosives would work fine. Those on foot can slip in on either side. While it’s not a wide open path, you can wiggle past the trees and vines. Zombies would find it a bit more challenging since you need to be a bit dexterous.
The solution? Some large logs stacked against the gate and narrow openings on either side would work well to keep zombies outs, looters could climb. Since the community owner also owns a sawmill that wouldn’t be hard to do. He also has large equipment such as a bulldozer.
At the end of the road. Our cabin is at the top, at the end. Past us is unsold land. The road from our nearest neighbor, 1/4 mile away, has ravines all the way up the narrow gravel road. A natural blockage point would be the narrowest point in the road, with logs or cars.
The cabin. Once there, we have 3 sides with steep ravines or “holler” as they say around here. The entry to the driveway could be blocked as well. A ravine on one side and a steep hill on the other. Determined looters could climb the hill but unless zombies climb, doubtful.:) The ravines are rough and only determined looters would probably choose to climb them. My husband has traversed them with a walking stick and thought he’d tumble down more than once.
The perimeter of cabin. At first, it looks pretty insecure. Lots of windows and a wrap around deck. But picking it apart, if a few areas could be secured well, the rest will work. There are 3 stairs to gain access to the deck. If these can be blocked, then the 1st floor and 2nd floor are secure. I am not sure if the steps could be cut loose, but that seems a good choice if possible, then blocking the entryway. The deck even on the lower side is higher than a normal person’s height, counting in the railings, which are small logs, so very secure.
The basement. That leaves the most vulnerable area as the basement. The basement looks more like a first floor to us; it is ground level and has french doors across the front. The photo above shows the side where the garage is and the only entry point to the lower deck. This would have to be secured in some way. Once that was done, the French doors wouldn’t matter as much; below the deck is a steep ravine.
There is one small door into the kitchenette on the side by the garage, that would have to be boarded up and secured. The basement is composed of stone, so strong and more fire resistant.
Survivability. People in the mountains prep is some form or other; if nothing else for those winter days when you are stuck inside. Or the power goes out. Fortunately, we have well water, which is one of the most important survival tools needed on hand. If the electricity stops, it is powered by the generator, which runs on propane, as many other items in the whole house.
Going to the bathroom. Not something people like to think about, but that is an important part of this equation. First, have lots of TP on hand. Wiping your butt with leaves is not recommended unless you know how to recognize poison ivy or oak. Someone I know says this is what they used. I know that cowboys used the Sears catalogue. Since those don’t exist anymore, stacking up on magazines might be a good idea. Not only to have something for entertainment once TV and the computers are gone, but to replace TP. If you have a pond, lake or creek, water can be toted in and the tanks filled for flushing. Otherwise, going outside, unless surrounded by looters or zombies, is a good option.
Bathing. Once water is gone or at a minimum. those long hot showers & tub soaks are out. I grew up in the country where our well didn’t have a good output of water. We took once weekly tub baths and in between “spit baths”. For city folk, that is washing in a sink of water with a washcloth.:)
Economical with the propane. We have discovered we use very little propane except to heat the house in the winter. If disaster struck, everything would be cut back to essentials only – frig until everything gone from it & the freezer (something necessary for living in the mountains and to survive long-term in an Apocalypse). Water containers could be filled as needed by flipping on that part in the panel and then switching it off.
No using electricity to light the house; candles and kerosene lamps would do nicely. If winter, wear warm clothes and keep the wood-burning fireplace in living room going! Thankfully it doesn’t get hot here but for 2 months. Other than that, the windows open and doors, create a nice breeze. If an apocalypse struck, more time would be spent outside on the decks to catch the breeze. We are surrounded by trees, which creates a drop in temperature, as much as 10-15 degrees is my guess. If it gets too hot, the basement is always cool.
Cooking can be accomplished in various ways. The stove or oven; not too much propane used. But since an oven can use more than the other ways of cooking, you can make biscuits and cornbread in a skillet on the stove top. A crock pot could be used for days of food (flipping on the outlet on panel then off again). The grill could be utilized. We have one that uses a propane tank; for surviving long-term, have more than one tank stored for disaster. A charcoal grill can be used, be sure and have bags of charcoal on hand.
As a last resort, the fire pit outside could be used to cook. A cast iron skillet or Dutch oven would work well. Creating a rod to hang the pot from, would be helpful.
Be a prepper! Store up food (not only MRI’s, but canned goods, big bags of rice & beans), medicine, medical supplies, TP; female hygiene items, dental hygiene items, matches, candles, lighters, guns & ammo; anything you think you might need if an apocalypse hit. Don’t forget bags of food for you pets, plus things like flea medicine. Also, have a garden and access to fresh vegetables and fruit. We have apple, peach, pear and fig trees. There is a large sunroom that could be turned into a great place to grow veggies, if the outside was off limits.
I know I haven’t covered everything. Truly surviving a disaster takes preparedness, planning, and making lists! But I hope you enjoyed this journey with me; exploring different ways to add to your survivability. And seeing if my cabin measures up.
Comments are welcome. What other items would you add to the list? Do you have a cabin, and if so, how would you secure it?