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Alone in the Wilderness

The Story of Dick Proenneke
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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.

To live in a pristine land unchanged by man.
To roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed.
To choose an idyllic site, cut trees and build a log cabin.
To be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available.
To be not at odds with the world, but content with one's own thoughts and company.

Thousands have had such dreams, but Dick Proenneke lived them. He found a place, built a cabin, and stayed to become part of the country. This video "Alone in the Wilderness" is a simple account of the day-to-day explorations and activities he carried out alone, and the constant chain of nature's events that kept him company. ~Sam Keith

You can find the full 60 minute documentary and the two other films about Dick at his home page!