The Early Years: The Journals of Richard Proenneke, 1967-1973
"Today would be a good day to finish the new mantle for my fireplace. Square the ends and rip it to the proper width. Mortise the notches to fit the pegs. Plane and sand the top. It looked pretty good. ...Not many fireplaces with a choice of three mantles and only 30 seconds required to change from one to another." -Richard L. Proenneke, Novermber 4, 1968
The Early Years: The Journals of Richard Proenneke, 1967 - 1973
Edited by John B. Branson
Introduction Editorial Principles
Recollections from Richard Louis Proenneke's Youth
Dick Proenneke's Bean Stew
Chapter 1: 1967 Return to Twin Lakes
"I didn't get much sleep last night. A caribou has a loud and penetrating voice and consists of three words, "How! Ow! & Uh!" The little doe used them all besides [rattling] everything that was loose in the cabin. ...She tried to climb into my bunk and finally settled for curling up beside it." - Richard L. Proenneke, May 12, 1969
Chapter 6: 1972 Hitting His Stride
Chapter 7: 1973 The Year of One Man's Wilderness
Did You Know?
As recently as the 1960s, dog team travel was still the best way to get around Lake Clark country in the winter. Snowmobiles are more common now, but many people still keep sled dogs.