• Autumn photo of Lake Clark and the Aleutian Range in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    Lake Clark

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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

 
Book cover features a photograph of a cabin in the winter, surrounded by trees and snow.

The Early Years: The Journals of Richard Proenneke, 1967 - 1973

Edited by John B. Branson
Historian, Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction Editorial Principles
Recollections from Richard Louis Proenneke's Youth
Dick Proenneke's Bean Stew
 
wooden placard with an attached paper reading "Is it proper that the wilderness and its creatures should suffer because we came?"

A sign by Proenneke: "Is it proper that the wilderness and its creatures should suffer because we came?"

NPS Photo

Chapter 1: 1967 Return to Twin Lakes
Chapter 2: 1968 Destinations: Back and Beyond
Chapter 3: 1969 First Full Year in the Twin Lakes Cabin
Chapter 4: 1970 A New Decade

"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 5: 1971 The Frozen North
Chapter 6: 1972 Hitting His Stride
Chapter 7: 1973 The Year of One Man's Wilderness
Bibliography
Index

Did You Know?

Surfbirds are threatened by development and the possibility of oil spills.

The nest and eggs of the surfbird were a mystery until 1926. The species is extraordinarily far-ranging, and in winter is found from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile.