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Richard Proenneke on 04/01/2010 23:22:10 MDT Print View

I have no doubt many of you know of Dick Proenneke and his life and time in ALASKA

I recently stumbled upon the whole documentary aired on local TV. It was awesome and his pack was sure interesting from a UL standpoint.


anyhow just sharing with BPLers!

Edited by THUNDERHORSE on 04/01/2010 23:27:34 MDT.

William Johnson
Alask-yup. on 04/01/2010 23:58:31 MDT Print View

These are great. Thank you.

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(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Richard Proenneke on 04/02/2010 00:04:37 MDT Print View


Edited by annapurna on 05/01/2010 22:11:43 MDT.

Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: Re: Richard Proenneke on 04/02/2010 00:49:21 MDT Print View

The movie/doco was great, watch it a few times a year.

Oh to live as simple as that hey!

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Richard Proenneke on 04/02/2010 07:26:27 MDT Print View

Nice film indeed! All his own camera work ... perhaps an inspiration to Les Stroud?

The "book" pretty much parallels the film. The NPS printed a followup, a much more extensive set of his journals ... even more interesting than the original with a broader description of his life. I was about say that it was out of print and d**m hard to find (and only for big $$$) but now that I look again I see it's back! More readings from One Man's Wilderness

his pack was sure interesting from a UL standpoint.

I used to own that model military surplus pack frame! Was great for carrying the kind of things Proenneke was bringing to his building site.

UL perspective? I suppose it's all in how you look at it. IIRC, the building site was a few miles from the nearest place his bush pilot could land and he hauled the entire load in 2 or 3 trips. That's all the tools he used to build the cabin plus at least a couple weeks of food (he did get resupplied now and then). Compare that to what the typical modern "craftsman" would bring to that kind of job and you might conclude he was going pretty light!

Edited by jcolten on 04/02/2010 07:27:02 MDT.

Re: Re: Richard Proenneke on 04/02/2010 18:31:02 MDT Print View

Oh definitely inspiration for the modern Bear Stroud/ Les Grylls natural documentaries. Hmm maybe that book is worth looking into.

In reference to his pack I was thinking of the small day pack he carries around snowshoeing. It looks like a canvas cape with pockets... I have carried a similar large pack designed for trail maintenance gear. They rock for carrying large tools! His larger pack is definitely lighter than your modern craftsman since he fashioned all his handles and that mallet.

(K.Kading) - MLife

Locale: Carson Range
Re: Richard Proenneke on 09/01/2015 01:27:34 MDT Print View

Watching this tonight, makes time indoors go by quickly

Mark Ries
(mtmnmark) - M

Locale: IOWAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
Re: Richard Proenneke on 10/04/2015 15:22:26 MDT Print View

I also own the book and complete DVD collection. Very entertaining I watch it over and over. He is one of my heros

Jennifer W
(tothetrail) - MLife

Locale: So. Cal.
Just Visited on 10/04/2015 18:09:16 MDT Print View

Just got to visit his cabin this summer. This was a lifelong dream, and when I learned it was part of the National Park System, I knew it would happen one day. It is incredible how much of his original belongings are still there. The cabin was much smaller than I imagined. I'd love to go back and spend some time hiking around that area.PanoLooking InStoveDeskBalance RockStamp

Edited by tothetrail on 10/04/2015 18:11:26 MDT.