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This Man Lived Alone For Nearly 30 Years In The Mountains of Alaska In a Log Cabin Which He Built With His Own Hands

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This is one of your best stories. How much do love nature? How many of us can survive in the wilderness?

Richard Proenneke does it the best. He was an amateur nature lover who lived alone in the mountains of Alaska for nearly 30 years in a log house he built himself near the shores of Twin Lakes.

Proenneke did all of it by himself. He raised, gathered, fished and hunted his own food. He also had supplies flown into the country occasionally. He documented his survival in the wilderness in journals and films. He also recorded important meteorological data and natural data.

Richard Louis Proenneke (born 1916-2003), better known as Dick, is an icon for wilderness living in Lake Clark National Park. He was born in Iowa and worked as a farmer and rancher for many years before joining up with the Navy on the day following the Pearl Harbor bombing. After a medical discharge (following an attack of rheumatic flu) in 1945, he took up ranching again. In 1949, at the invitation of an old friend, he made his very first trip to Alaska. He lived in Alaska for many years, working and living there intermittently. His first visit to Twin Lakes was in 1962. By 1967, the cabin he built there was completed. The cabin was completed in 1968.

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