Building a log cabin, alone

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An evening pause: This is the first part of a longer work. To quote the youtube webpage,

“Alone in the Wilderness” is the story of Dick Proenneke living in the Alaska wilderness. Dick filmed his adventures so he could show his relatives in the lower 48 states what life was like in Alaska, building his cabin, hunting for food and exploring the area. Bob Swerer has taken the best footage from Dick’s films and he has created 3 videos about Dick, “Alone in the Wilderness”, “Alaska, Silence and Solitude” and “The Frozen North”

I like this because it gives a good hint at what life was really like for the original mountain men who first explored the American west. They were resourceful, clever, strong-willed, and technologically very sophisticated. Dick Proenneke shows us how to do it again.

Hat tip Rocco.


  • Elbo Altins

    Hello Mr. Zimmerman,

    I thought you might like this for your evening pause posts. Yes, I found it on NPR, but it is still good. Downright haunting in fact.

    [snipped by management: The evening pause is scheduled.]

  • Cotour

    I found and watched this a while ago, he built that cabin by himself, I think when he was about 50 or so and he lived there until he was about 80, alone, with visitors once in a while.

    A very, very different perspective, an excellent documentary.

    When I was 16 I worked on a steam powered pile driving barge for a local dock builder and Dick Proenneke reminds me very much of the man who owned and ran the operation, these are rock solid men from another time.

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