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Alone In The Wilderness

by Chip
posted 1326 days ago


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rance

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#1 posted 1325 days ago

Thanks for the heads up Chip. I’ll set it to record tonight.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 1325 days ago

sounds wonderful.
I, too, have difficulty with the term “civilized world”

here are some video clip

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Chip

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#3 posted 1325 days ago

I don’t think you’ll regret it Rance.

I hear ya Deb. I couldn’t do what he did but some days it’s awfully tempting. Here’s a very good intro:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYJKd0rkKss

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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MsDebbieP

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#4 posted 1325 days ago

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#5 posted 1325 days ago

when my husband died I was told that I needed to move to the city – to civilization.
“Civilization” apparently is 20 minutes away from me and has a population of 100,000 people.
I didn’t know!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 1325 days ago

ha.. you posted the link before me – to the intro.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Chip

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#7 posted 1325 days ago

They skip a lot of the show in the YouTube video Deb. It’s been edited down.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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ShopDogs

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#8 posted 1325 days ago

I love that show, Chip. I too, endorse the time and effort it take to catch that program.
Thanks for the reminder.
Michael

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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lou

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#9 posted 1325 days ago

a lot can be learned from that video.

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#10 posted 1325 days ago

Never heard of this. Thanks Chip for bringing it to my attention. Sending myself an email right now to look it up tonight. How awesome it would be to find this on NetFlix?... Crossing fingers….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 1325 days ago

“comment” :-)

-- Life is good.

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 1325 days ago

I remember it well and have seen it a few times and I thoroughly enjoyed everything about it. It had special meaning to me in the sense that when I was 16 or 17 I wanted to go to Alaska to homestead some land and tried to talk my wife into going up there with me. She didn’t want to go and I didn’t want to leave her. We weren’t married then but we got married 4 years later and I’ve often wondered how it would have turned out if we had gone. We’ve had a good life together though so I’m glad I didn’t leave her for Alaska. That’s been 43 years ago and I often think about it. :)

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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8iowa

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#13 posted 1325 days ago

I remember seeing this show a few years ago. He built the cabin in one summer, all by himself, with hand tools. I especially remember the unique wooden hinges that he built for the door.

He hunted for all his meat with a semi-sporterized ‘03 Springfield, and kept the meat in a small elevated enclosure that you had to climb up to on a ladder. I suppose this was to protect it from bears and woves.

While we certainly enjoy our life in the middle of the Upper Peninsula’s Hiawatha Naational Forest, Proenneke really lived in a true wilderness isolation.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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Knothead62

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#14 posted 1325 days ago

Wreck, I know what you mean. My wife and I were watching a bit of an outdoor show in a western state. I asked her why we didn’t move west 38-1/2 years ago????? She replied with a shrug of her shoulders and said “I don’t know.”

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Bluepine38

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#15 posted 1325 days ago

I enjoyed watching this also, if I remember right, he had all his logs cut and laid out atop other logs from
the previous year so they were somewhat seasoned and dry, will have to watch it again (only saw it once)
to see if he had removed the bark from them. His meat safe was necessary, just as all campers, hikers,
hunters are asked to keep all food away from the sleeping area and suspended in the air when in the
wilderness. The one item that I keep trying to find a burl to duplicate was the bowl he made one winter,
he tried to make sure he had projects to keep his mind and body busy. If I remember he did have friends
and neighbors, although not all that close by our standards. Will definitely have to watch this again. Thank
you for the reminder.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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TheWoodsman

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#16 posted 1325 days ago

This is a great movie and I think I have it on tape somewhere . . . also a good lesson on how we might be living in the future.

-- I'm the Woodsman . . . the four-wheelin', tree-farmin', custom-furniture-makin' descendant of Olaf "The Woodcutter" Ingjaldsson.

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#17 posted 1325 days ago

Thanks for the reminder Chip. I’d seen it several years ago, but will watch for it again.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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swirt

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#18 posted 1325 days ago

I love the movie. I think I manage to watch it about once a year when it comes on PBS.. It is kind of the woodworkers version of “It’s a Wonderful Life”

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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sedcokid

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#19 posted 1325 days ago

Chip, I concure with everyone else. I will tape the program tonight and thank for reminding us. I appreciate it!

The SedcoKid

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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SnowyRiver

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#20 posted 1325 days ago

I know what everyone means. I have watched this video numerous times and it still amazes me. I finally bought the video so I have it when I want to watch it. Quite the guy.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Chip

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#21 posted 1325 days ago

It’s on this evening from 10:30 to 12 EST on PBS in my neck of the woods (so to speak lol) which is just outside Philadelphia. Glad to see so many others enjoyed it also. It really is special.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#22 posted 1324 days ago

I love it too. There was a similar fellow on the Bella Coola River of BC. I think he was called Buckskin Billy. He even made his own flintlock rifles from scratch up there! I heard about him when I was a kid. Maybe that is where Proenneke got his idea and to document it after teh Buckskin Billy Book.

One of the kids I went to school with lived in the wilderness of Idaho. He had a wife and kids. Worked for Forest Service in the summer and ran trap line in winter. No way in and out in the winter, so kids had to stay at McCall to go to school. His wife finally got tired of it and left. He died at a fairly young age in his 40s, I believe.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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studie

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#23 posted 1324 days ago

In 1975 I was offered a job care taking a property in deep Alaska where I would maintain the house & grounds by way of snowmobile or snowshoes. Monthly air drops of provisions would be provided & pay was low. Sounds like paradise compared to One mans ordeal! I have watched that show many times and even read the book. Should make us grateful for our power tools and or even a warm bed. The determination he had and stout abilities makes me feel wimpy by a long shot. Everyone should see this show, especially kids that need to know what true survival skills without TV and games are about.

-- $tudie

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Chip

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#24 posted 1324 days ago

He had much appreciation for the simple things in life Studie. A lesson we could all learn from, especially these days.

I watch the show and think things like “His arms must be made of steel and he didn’t pay for a membership to some ridiculous fitness center or buy a bunch of expensive, stupid equipment”... lol. Makes one think.

And OMG, the views out his front door. Breathtaking.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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rance

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#25 posted 1323 days ago

Chip, I searched for it last night on FIOS but it is not in their queue. I’ll keep searching from time to time. Is it repeated more during a particular season or holiday? Maybe I’ll just have to break down and rent it. Sounds like it would be a good one.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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SnowyRiver

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#26 posted 1323 days ago

For those interested, here is the website for the film production company in case you want to order the film.

http://www.dickproenneke.com/videos.html

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Chip

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#27 posted 1323 days ago

Rance, they usually show it during fund raising drives as it is a very popular show. Since it’s PBS I’m sure it’s different schedules for different areas. Wayne’s post will be helpful if you want to actually order it. Good luck!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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