“Alone in the Wilderness” with Dick Proenneke

Richard Louis “Dick” Proenneke (May 4, 1916 – April 20, 2003) was an amateur naturalist who lived alone for nearly thirty years in the mountains of Alaska in a log cabin he had constructed by hand near the shore of Twin Lakes. Proenneke hunted, fished, raised and gathered his own food, and also had supplies flown in occasionally. He documented his activities in journals and on film, and also recorded valuable meteorological and natural data.

The following is the 57 minute self-made documentary shot by Mr. Proenneke entitled “Alone in the Wilderness”. This is one of my favorite pieces of wilderness living film and each time I watch it I am amazed and astounded at the vast set of skills, the motivation, and dedication that it took for someone to live off the land.

Dick’s cabin on Twin Lakes is now on the National Register of Historic Sites and is located within Lake Clark
National Park & Preserve in Alaska.

  • John D

    What a beautiful film! Thank you for sharing it.

  • Andre Zollars

    We have both of his films Sam. They are my son’s favorite and he has watched them countless times. Truly amazing, especially if you have known even somewhat the isolation of remote Alaska. His woodworking skills are amazing. Thanks for sharing and enjoy that little bug over the holidays!

    • I’ve not had the opportunity to watch the sequel but I would definitely like to look it up.