|Forum topic by Chip||posted 12-06-2010 01:08 PM||1620 views||0 times favorited||27 replies|
12-06-2010 01:08 PM
I know this has been posted before, but I’m not sure how long ago that was so I thought I’d post it for the young people on here or anyone else who may have never heard of it.
In 1968 Dick Proenneke moved to a place called Twin Lakes in the high mountains of Alaska. He lived there, alone, for the next 30 years surviving with only a few woodworking tools, a gun and the things that nature provided for him. He documented the first couple of years of his life there with a movie camera, and that is the documentary, Alone In The Wilderness.
Proenneke built virtually everything he needed himself, from his cabin to furniture to the utensils he cooked and ate with. At the ripe old age of 82 he finally gave up his cabin at Twin Lakes and moved back to civilization. I hate putting it this way because these days I feel he left the civilized world behind when he left his cabin actually. If you watch the documentary you’ll know what I mean. His cabin is now on The National Register Of Historic Places and maintained by the National Parks Service.
Dick Proenneke was no Grizzly Adams. He wasn’t exactly big in physical stature, but was huge in heart and soul. A soft spoken man with a wondrous reverence for the beauty of nature, he was also a genius when it came to woodworking IMHO. I’ve watched Alone In The Wilderness from beginning to end at least a half dozen times. It’s an amazing, awe inspiring and poignant documentary and if you ever get the chance to see it, even with your spouse, please do. Trust me, you’ll be glad that you did.
You can usually catch it on PBS (it was just on and that is what prompted me to post this). It’s one of their most watched programs. I think you can rent it online also.
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