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.
"I have found that some of the simplest things have given me the most pleasure. They didn't cost me a lot of money either. They just worked on my senses. Did you ever pick very large blueberries after a summer rain, walk through a grove of cottonwoods, open like a park, and see the blue sky beyond the shimmering gold of the leaves? Pull on dry woolen socks after you've peeled off the wet ones? Come in out of the subzero and shiver yourself warm in front of a wood fire? The world is full of such things."
Did You Know?
Richard Proenneke built his cabin on Twin Lakes using only hand tools and his own labor. He began work on the cabin in 1968 at the age of 51 and lived there until 1998, when he was 82.