What % Mountain Man Are You?

By: Teresa McGlothlin

What % Mountain Man Are You?
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About This Quiz

While we might touch on a little of the "Mountain Men" series during this quiz, we want to dig a little deeper than what you see on your television. In fact, most true mountain men don't even own one! Once you've answered our questions with the precision of a squirrel hunter with a slingshot, we're sure we can tell you how much mountain man lives in you.

With mountain man legends like Hugh Glass and Popcorn Sutton out there, it might be a tough act to follow. However, mountain men are more in touch with their primal instincts than most of us working our day jobs. After we see the way you describe your life in comparison to a true mountain man, we'll let you know how far you have to go until you can move off the grid and call your own shots. 

Being a mountain man is not something that comes naturally to most people, so don't be surprised if you don't score as high as you like. Instead, use our results to better your mountain living game. Even if you only come in at 25%, there's a good chance you can always learn to live like the freest men in the world.

Are you as much mountain man as you think? Finish this quiz, and we'll let you know! 

Which of these mountain ranges is most interesting?
The Alps
The Rocky Mountains
The Appalachian Mountains
The Sierra Nevada Mountains

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If you went out to hunt up some food, what would you hunt?
Oppossum
Deer
Moose
Squirrel

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Which state motto is more your style?
"Freedom and unity"
"Live free or die."
"Mountaineers are always free."
"With God, all things are possible."

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How would you rate yourself as a fisherman?
I have a couple of goldfish.
You should see the ones that keep getting away.
I should have my own fishing show.
I need a little practice in that department.

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If you were going to grow your own vegetables, which one would you start with?
Cucumbers
Peppers
Corn
Asparagus

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What do you admire most about those who live the mountain man lifestyle?
They are wild.
They are free.
They are independent.
They save a lot of money.

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Do you own a pair of muddy work boots?
Mud is gross.
I have a pair of work boots.
They resemble big mud cakes.
My work boots are slightly dusty.

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What do you think you have in common with a mountain man?
I have a great beard.
I can fix most anything.
I don't play by society's rules.
I look good wearing overalls.

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Do you currently drive a pickup truck?
I drive a car.
I drive an SUV.
I drive an older model pickup.
I have a newer model truck.

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Which of these survival shows could you win?
"The Amazing Race"
"Naked and Afraid"
"Alone"
"Survivor"

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How would you build a fire without matches?
I would use a lighter.
I would rub sticks together.
I would use an old battery and some foil.
You can't build a fire without matches.

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What is your favorite thing to do around the campfire?
I like to make S'mores.
Warming up my feet is my first priority.
I like to smoke the day's catch.
Telling ghost stories is my favorite thing.

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Which woodlands animal are you most like when it comes to hunting?
Owl
Fox
Bear
Wolf

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If you woke up lost in the woods, what is the first thing you would do?
I would call 911.
I would stop to retrace my steps.
I would look for water.
I would make a signal fire.

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Have you ever had to chop firewood?
I've never tried it.
It was one of my chores as a kid.
I have a machine that chops it.
I buy firewood from the store.

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How many flannel shirts do you have in your closet?
I don't have any flannel shirts.
I have one or two.
I only own flannel shirts.
I think I have one from the '90s in there.

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What can you not leave behind when traveling into the wild?
Phone
Compass
A good book.
A good partner in crime!

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Which famous mountain man would you like to learn more about?
Popcorn Sutton
Kit Carson
John Adams
Hugh Glass

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How would you handle the isolation of living on a mountain?
I would make sure to have WiFi.
I would have a lot of friends over.
I would talk to the animals.
I would make frequent trips into town.

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Have you ever been off-roading?
What on earth is that?
It's one of my favorite past times.
I prefer to go hiking.
I would love to try it.

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How many times per year do you go camping?
I prefer hotels.
I go camping a couple of times a year.
I live in the woods.
I've only been camping a couple of times.

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Are you at all prepared for a worldwide disaster?
Negative!
I could last for a few days.
I will outlive the cockroaches.
I really need to work on that.

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Do you know how to can and freeze your own food?
The grocery store handles that for me.
I know how to freeze things.
I do both every year.
I know how to make pickles.

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Which U.S. state could you see yourself becoming a mountain man in?
New York
Alaska
Kentucky
Montana

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How important is money to you?
Money makes the world go around.
As long as I have enough, I'm good.
Money is the root of all evil.
You can't live without money.

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Do you carry a pocketknife?
That's illegal!
I keep one in my truck.
I never leave home without one.
I should invest in a pocket knife.

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What is the longest you have ever grown your beard?
I don't have enough hair for a beard.
It's been a few inches past my chin.
It's down to my chest.
I keep it groomed close.

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What % city guy do you think you are?
0%
30%
10%
90%

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Could you live without a television?
I would die.
I would be OK until the game season started.
Television is the devil.
As long as I had a computer, it would be fine.

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Have you ever met a mountain man?
I would be too afraid to introduce myself.
I see one when I look in the mirror.
I'm afraid they are too rare, and I haven't met one.
I've met people who think they are mountain men.

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