Shares the experience of living alone in the Alaskan wilderness
Longtime Alaska-phile Sam Keith set himself the task of writing about an amazing encounter with the frozen north: that of his friend Richard Proenneke, who left his native Iowa in 1967 at the age of 50 to live in the unspoiled Twin Lakes country west of Anchorage. Proenneke kept a journal of the experience, from which Keith has drawn this narrative. He also took color slides documenting the slow process of building his log cabin, using only hand tools, which is nestled in a grove of spruce trees with the awesome, snowcapped Crag Mountain rising behind it. There are also dramatic shots of a bear in the blueberry patch, a caribou swimming the lake, a porcupine in full prickly armor, and Proenneke's cheery stone fireplace and his shipshape kitchen--and there's an unforgettable photo of the cabin at dusk "glowing with lamplight beneath ice-glistening slopes." The story of Proenneke's adventure, as gripping as a novel, is a tribute not only to his own intrepid spirit but to the staggering beauty of a remote and gloriously pristine wilderness that most people can only dream about.
- Photography, Biography + Autobiography, History
- United States / State + Local / General, Collections + Catalogs + Exhibitions, General
- May 1, 1999
- May 1, 1999
- Sam Kieth, Richard Proenneke