He maintained his chosen lifestyle with theft. That's the thing that impressed me most. Sorry. If he had done good works while being a hermit, I might give him the benefit of being some kind of Robin Hood...….but he didn't. He just nicked other peoples' stuff and contemplated his navel.You’re correct, but not having a fire for that long in the middle of a North American winter is pretty amazing.
Sounds great to me, but I've always preferred being alone. That's why I'm enjoying these long Alpine bike rides right now. Solitude and the quietness of the mountains and forests.
I would have admired the guy more if he hadn't supported his solitude habit with 1000 burglaries.