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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

If you love the out-of-doors you love this DVD.

By Rod

from Folsom, Cal

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Comments about PBS Alone in the Wilderness DVD:

Read the book first then watch this DVD. The DVD allows you to see what this man accomplished over 30 years. I'll read the book and watch the film again and again.

 
5.0

This is my favorite show ever on PBS

By Jerry

from Boston

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Comments about PBS Alone in the Wilderness DVD:

I have been captivated by this story ever since I first saw it as part of a PBS fundraiser many years ago. The wooden door hinges amazed me the most, and after buying the DVD recently (to replace the VCR tape I wore out showing friends (now also amazes my kids. I would love to know more of the backstory. The only hint is is comment of something being "like a woman." I wonder what Proenneke was thinking about?

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5.0

Alone In the Wilderness

By Sandra the Single Mother of 2 teenagers

from Terrace, British Columbia, Canada

Comments about PBS Alone in the Wilderness DVD:

just love this program. it's such a rip when it's not on all the time, when it is showing, i don't move from the television. amazing how he can build his own cabin, even the cute little cabin for his food so the animals don't get it. and it's so nice with no music or people everywhere, even much better that he didn't have a phone. seems like some people can't live without a phone, or a cell phone these days. wishing i have enough money one year to buy the DVD set so i can keep it forever. thank you to Dick Proenneke for sharing his life with us.

 
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

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!

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