“The purest way of life in the Long Earth is the comber - the solitary individual, or maybe a family, a small cohesive group, just wandering, picking the lowest-hanging fruit.”
— Thomas Kyangu
Combers are people who live wandering in the Long Earth without a home. They do not farm to get food, instead live off the land, taking "the lowest-hanging fruit".Bill Chambers and Thomas Kyangu were examples of combers.
The name 'comber' is derived from 'beachcomber'.
In Australia, they are called 'bushwhackers' while in Great Britain they are called 'travellers'.
Some people call them 'ridge runners', 'jackpine savages', 'mountain men', 'hoboes', 'okies' or 'wanderers'.