Anyone who has heard of Dick Proenneke can not help but feel attracted to who he was and what he did. His is the story of someone who forsook all else
to pursue his dream.
In the spring of 1968, Richard Proenneke, 51 set off into the Alaskan wilderness to enjoy his retirement living in a backcountry cabin he crafted by
hand. Over the next 35 years he lived here in solitude. Proenneke was a wonderful journalist and recorded most of his life at Twin Lakes in film,
photography, and written record.
He spent May, June, and July of 1968 building his cabin by hand and with nothing but hand tools. The cabin was complete with windows, furniture
including chairs, tables, a desk, and a bunk; a log cache built up on poles to store food and goods that needed to be kept away from wildlife; a stone
and mortar fireplace. Proenneke died of a stroke April 28, 2003. He left his cabin to the parks service and it remains today as a popular visitor
attraction in the still-remote Twin Lakes region.
Watching someone work with simple hand tools and build a cabin is is simply amazing! Everything Proenneke does seems like magic in this day and age.
He was certainly a maser of a lost art. We are lucky to have his documentaries around to study. I guarantee you will be impressed by them: survival
enthusiast or not.
Alone in the Wilderness
Alaska Silence & Solitude
The Frozen North
One Man's Wilderness, An Alaskan Odyssey
Alaska off the Beaten Path
Ghost of the Forest
My husband and I have watched that documentary twice on PBS. It was fascinating. I only wish I were skilled to that degree in carpentry and wilderness
survival. I'm betting that sometime in the near future, we'll have to stop wishing and start learning.
Same here. I have watched it many times over and learn something everytime. I think what he did was so extraordinary. Mind you he just had practical
implements and tools - no fancy gear. Just brains and hard work. I wish my husband and I had the time and discipline to try it.
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