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Dick Proenneke retired at age 50 in 1967 and decided to build his own cabin on the shore of Twin Lakes. The first summer he scouted for the best cabin site, and cut and peeled the logs he would need for his cabin. Dick Proenneke returned the next summer to finish the cabin where he lived for over 30 years. Dick filmed his adventures, and Bob Swerer later turned the film into a video so we can all watch this amazing man build his cabin by hand.
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PBSAlone in the Wilderness DVD
 
4.9

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Once you start watching, you can't quit.

This is a true testament to self-reliance. This man went out into the wild with only his tools (well, just the metal parts to save weight...he carved the handles once he...Read complete review

This is a true testament to self-reliance. This man went out into the wild with only his tools (well, just the metal parts to save weight...he carved the handles once he picked his cabin sight) and his skill and made a very nice life for himself. He didn't ask for hand-outs, he didn't suffer from lack of phones, TV, or[...], and he didn't use more resources than he needed. He kept detailed journals and filmed himself doing the every-day things he needed to do to survive in Alaska. The producer is actually the narrator reading from the journals and matching the scenes to the written passages, not Mr. Proenneke, but his voice adds a nice, folksy touch.One of my favorite PBS offerings of all time.

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dissapointment

its not at all whats shown on pbs, they have cut a lot out and i sent it all back.

its not at all whats shown on pbs, they have cut a lot out and i sent it all back.

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4.0

Alone in the Wilderness - Dick Proenneke

By Gary

from Northern Virginia

Comments about PBS Alone in the Wilderness DVD:

Exceptional! A bit slow, but then again there is no rush in Alaska. Footage and story are a real treat. Looking forward to part 2

 
5.0

Astounding communion with nature

By Steven H

from Dutchess County, NY

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Comments about PBS Alone in the Wilderness DVD:

Alone in the Wilderness came up to my attention while I was struggling with a small woodworking project in our Montreal apartment. Vermont PBS was on, and I caught Richard Proenneke (the sole protagonist of this incredible video) with the corner of my eye. He was working on his hand-built cabin in Alaska.
I was surrounded by a panoply of power tools, and making remarkably slow progress. I was astonished to watch this 51-year old guy as he felled pine trees, shaped log notches for the cabin, ripped boards from the logs and even made wood hinges—all with hand tools!
I was even more impressed with Proenneke's quiet and respectful way to deal with wildlife and nature. He only killed animals to eat (mostly fish). He cultivated his own garden. He made his own jams. All of this, wrapped up in a breathtaking natural scenery, where he lived for over thirty years, until he was in his 80s!
I immediately purchased the video. I have already watched it twice, once with my thirteen-year-old grandson, who was as astonished as I was.
This video is a must!

 
5.0

My husband loved it

By Outdoors=Happiness

from Palm Beach, FL

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Comments about PBS Alone in the Wilderness DVD:

Bought this as a Christmas present for my husband. He loves the outdoors and we are planning on buying land and building our own home, so this was nice inspiration for him.

 
4.0

Awesome documentary

By Squirrels373

from Albuquerque, NM

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Comments about PBS Alone in the Wilderness DVD:

Ordered this video set for my father-in-law and he liked it so much I'm ordering it for my husband.

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1.0

dissapointment

By bindy

from everett washington

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Comments about PBS Alone in the Wilderness DVD:

its not at all whats shown on pbs, they have cut a lot out and i sent it all back.

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