Who is Dick Proenneke?
For over thirty years he lived in the Alaskan Bush with just grizzlies and wolves as his neighbors. His only modes of transportation were his own two feet and his canoe. Dick kept a daily journal of his life at Twin Lakes, but he was also smart enough to capture it on film for the rest of the world to take inspiration from seeing.
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Dick Proenneke also made two follow up films to ‘Alone in the Wilderness.’ ‘Alaska Silence and Solitude’ was filmed 20 years after his first film. He was visited by Bob Swerer and his son, where the scenery is still breathtaking and the wildlife roams in abundance. The final film of the series, ‘The Frozen North’ is Dick’s own account of his life alone in the wilderness that he had the foresight to document on film.
A good friend of Dick’s created a book version of his journal that he kept during his Alaskan sojourn. It is called, ‘One Man’s Wilderness, An Alaskan Odyssey.’ It contains Dick’s pictures and excerpts from his journal, and chronicles from when Dick arrived in Alaska on May 17th, 1968. It follows Dick through the process of building his log cabin with his own two hands and tells of his reflections living through a cold harsh winter, alone in the wilderness with just wildlife for companionship.
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