Richard L. Proenneke, Wilderness Steward
Richard Proenneke, whose friends called him Dick, is an icon of wilderness values and an inspiration to those who value simplicity, direct connection with nature, self-reliance, and ingenuity.
Dick arrived at Twin Lakes in 1967 to begin crafting what would become his cabin and wilderness home for the next thirty years. A master craftsman dedicated to living simply on the land, he used local materials and simple tools to craft a home and life in keeping with the wilderness. His cabin now stands out as the best example of the thousands of log cabins built in bush Alaska over the past century.
The Wilderness Values of Dick Proenneke
Dick Proenneke's attitude toward the simplicity of life in the wilderness still serves as an inspiration to many. Read more about Proenneke's wilderness values.
Richard Proenneke's Cabin
Although Proenneke's was not the first or biggest cabin built in the Alaskan Bush, it stands out for the remarkable craftsmanship that reflects his unshakeable wilderness ethic. The cabin was built using only hand tools, many of which Proenneke himself had fashioned. Throughout the thirty years he lived at the cabin Proenneke created homemade furniture and implements that reflect his woodworking genius. Learn more about Proenneke's cabin on Twin Lakes.
Did You Know?
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.