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Meet The Man Who Lived In The Alaskan Wilderness For 30 Years

The wilderness of Alaska has been both a suspense and adventure for everyone who has heard of Alaska. And what about the man who spent more than three decades among the wild animals and rough patch of the Earth!

Let's know more about his story.

Meet The Man Who Lived In The Alaskan Wilderness For 30 Years

Meet The Man Who Lived In The Alaskan Wilderness For 30 Years

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Richard Louis "Dick" Proenneke (May 4, 1916 – April 20, 2003) was an amateur yet passionate naturalist who spent vast majority of his nearly 30 years in the mountains of Alaska.

Richard Louis "Dick" Proenneke (May 4, 1916 – April 20, 2003) was an amateur yet passionate naturalist who spent vast majority of his nearly 30 years in the mountains of Alaska.

"Eight and a half miles can be covered in minutes in a car on an expressway, but what does a man see? What he gains in time he loses in benefit to his body and mind."

He lived there in a log cabin which he had constructed himself near the Twin Lakes' shore.

He lived there in a log cabin which he had constructed himself near the Twin Lakes’ shore.

"Too many men work on parts of things. Doing a job to completeness satisfies a man."

He lived on what he caught, grew, hunted, fished and gathered, sometimes scavenging from wolves too. His handmade cabin had all the "natural wilderness materials".

 He lived on what he caught, grew, hunted, fished and gathered, sometimes scavenging from wolves too.  His handmade cabin had all the "natural wilderness materials".

"I enjoy working for my heat. I don't just press a button or twist a thermostat dial. I use the big crosscut saw and the axe, and while I'm getting my heat supply I'm working up an appetite that makes simple food just as appealing as anything a French chef could create."

He recorded valuable meteorological and natural data and documented his activities in journals and on film as well.

He recorded valuable meteorological and natural data and documented his activities in journals and on film as well.

"If you don't need to eat, well don't kill it, I don't confuse my digestive system, I just season simple food with hunger." All these pictures were shot by Dick himself on a Bolex windup camera. Also the narration is from his personal journal.

His film and journals were later used by other filmmakers and writers to produce documentaries and write books about his experience in the wilderness.

 His film and journals were later used by other filmmakers and writers to produce documentaries and write books about his experience in the wilderness.

"Learn to use an axe, and respect it and you can't help but love it. But abuse one and it will wear your hands raw and open your foot like an overcooked sausage."

A book based on Proenneke's journals and photography, namely One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey, the 1999 format of which won the year's National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA).

A book based on Proenneke's journals and photography, namely One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey, the 1999 format of which won the year’s National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA).

All these pictures were shot by Dick himself on a Bolex windup camera. Also the narration is from his personal journal.

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