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!