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post #1 of 15
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http://vimeo.com/20404596

Filmed in 1968. 60 minutes in length. I enjoyed it, and I know many others would.

Richard Proenneke.

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post #2 of 15
I saw this a few years ago and just watched a few scenes again. Amazing.
post #3 of 15
this is cool.

would be great to have the balls to do this (and joinery skills).
post #4 of 15
Look at his biceps.
post #5 of 15
Wow, impressive guy. Thanks for sharing!
post #6 of 15
They used to show this on the PBS channel in Seattle. My Dad recorded it and one time when I went to visit my parents he practically begged me to watch it. By the end, I was in total awe of that guy. I wish I had 1/10 of his handiness.
post #7 of 15
I watch this after coming back from the City of London. I can do tax calculations but I can't build a cabin.

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post #8 of 15
Wow. There are several more on that vimeo channel. I wish that "Into the Wild" kid would have watched these.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by IronRock View Post

this is cool.
would be great to have the balls to do this (and joinery skills).

It would be nice, until you needed health care.
post #10 of 15
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It would be nice, until you needed health care.

That's true, but he went into it in his 50s and left well into his 80s, he must have been doing pretty well for himself healthwise to have made it that long.
WIth modern technology I'd imagine you could always use a satellite phone with generator if you were absolutely fked and needed healthcare.

For one thing, likely far less stress than this modern society we live in. A good many men are >30 kg overweight and acquiring all sorts of nasty acute/chronic diseases. Then only to have modern medical technology keep the lifeline running a little longer...
post #11 of 15
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It would be nice, until you needed health care.

Even worse, what if your Internet connection went down?
post #12 of 15
This guy is my new hero. I feel worthless watching him work.
post #13 of 15
Amazing....

Everything he constructed looked so effortless. The hinges for the door, the moss for the roof, the windows... Unreal
post #14 of 15
Saw the title and instantly knew who it was.
He is my idol. I watch this with my woods-people side of the family each Christmas.


Look into Alaska: Silence and Solitude and The Frozen North.
Both feature Richard Proenneke.
post #15 of 15
I own all four DVDs produced by Bob Swearer Productions about Dick Pronnecke. The first one (linked above) is the best. The second and third are of rather poor quality and I would not recommend buying them. The fourth DVD, which was released in 2011, is a solid buy (although not as re-watchable as the first).

I would also recommend buying the first book (edited by Sam Keith) and checking out the second book online. The NPS owns the copyright (?) to Pronnecke's journals so they put the second book online for free legal download. You can also buy the second book from Amazon for around $33. I own both books and I don't really get tired of reading them.
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