Richard Louis “Dick” Proenneke (born May 4, 1916 – April 20, 2003) was an American naturalist, who lived alone in the high mountains of Alaska. His home was a cabin built of native hardwoods and moss, Dick built the entire cabin, including the tools he needed to build the cabin in the first place.

Truly a very inspirational man.

Proenneke created a documentary of this adventure called life:

Alaska: Silence & Solitude


“In 1968, at the age of 51, Dick left a life of ranching, carpentry and heavy machine repair to retire to Twin Lakes, Alaska in what is now Lake Clark National Park. Deposited by float plane, and carrying only the simplest of tools, he set out to build a homestead and survive the winter, alone in the wilderness. Ultimately, he would spend the next 30 years living in his remote and challenging paradise.”

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This guy pretty much blows my mind. Dick Proenneke- Alone in the Wilderness.


“Alone in the Wilderness” is the story of Dick Proenneke living in the Alaska wilderness.

I entertain a fantasy of someday living in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. If I’m feeling especially ambitious the fantasy even involves emulating one of my heros, Dick Proenneke, and building the cabin before living in it. So ever since I came across the Cabin Porn tumblr a few months ago it’s been something I’ve looked at just about every day as a sort of “moment of Zen.” I liked this one for all the usual reasons, but especially because of the African setting.