Who was Dick Proenneke?
I had stumbled upon “Alone in the Wilderness” video, by Bob Swerer Productions in our local library. The video has become my all time favorite documentary, and I must confess that I have joined the Dick Proenneke fan club!
Dick Proenneke is truly an inspiration to a healthy lifestyle and an outstanding model of a true outdoorsman.
So many of us forget what it is to truly live in and experience the basic natural beauty which surrounds us.
“Alone in the Wilderness”, is a story of Dick Proenneke who, in the late 1960s when he was 51 years old, moved to the wilderness of Twin Lakes, Alaska initially test himself to live alone for one year, living off the land and building his own cabin. He stayed for thirty years until he was 82 years old!
“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”.
You can purchase all of them in DVD or VHS format: www.DickProenneke.com
View more video clips on the Bob Swerer web site: https://www.youtube.com/user/swererbob
Sequel-Alone in the Wilderness part II
About Dick-His Early Years
Richard Proenneke is an example of self-reliance and independence. Only a person of extraordinary energy could have lived the life he chose. Despite his remote location, he maintained many friendships and wrote back to anyone who sent him a letter. He saw his correspondence, films and journals as a way to share a life untethered to the commercial world. Though fiercely independent, he was not a hermit.
About Dick’s life at Twin Lakes Alaska
National Park Service