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Dick Proenneke: Alone in the Wilderness

From Dick Proenneke's website:

Dick Proenneke retired at age 50 in 1967 and decided to build his own cabin on the shore of Twin Lakes. The first summer he scouted for the best cabin site, and cut and peeled the logs he would need for his cabin. Dick Proenneke returned the next summer to finish the cabin where he lived for over 30 years. Dick filmed his adventures, and Bob Swerer later turned the film into a video so we can all watch this amazing man build his cabin by hand.

Every year, PBS plays this video during their pledge drive, and I recorded it this year and watched it. It is nothing short of amazing. Have any of you seen it? I can't tell you how moving it is to watch his preparations for living alone in the far north like he did. An expert builder, woodsman, hunter and survivalist, he built himself the most amazing cabin with his own hands and then lived there alone until 1998! It's really an amazing story.

Other interesting bits of history are here:


And I found the location of the cabin on Google Maps, but you can't zoom in enough to actually see it:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=60°38′59″N 153°48′38″W

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dizziedumb March 28th, 2010
i looked up some videos on youtube. man, was that guy a powerhouse. in his fifties, in the cold, building a log cabin with his bare hands? i wish that there were more videos on him, but what i can find are promotional shorts for the dvd. i'm a dork for some of those PBS pledge programs.

iamom March 29th, 2010
The 90-min doc they present on PBS proper is really, really remarkable. He was a very special guy. I fully intend to buy a couple copies of the DVD to give as Xmas presents, especially to a couple hunter/backcountry hiking relatives I have. He was amazing.

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