"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." -November 4, 1968
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These journal entries cover the years in which Proenneke moves to Upper Twin Lake, builds his cabin, and encourages his friend Sam Keith to write One Man's Wilderness.
Visited by neighbors, both four-legged and two-legged, Dick Proenneke's life at Upper Twin Lake was a rich existence. Lucky for us he was a devoted writer, capturing in his journals life in Alaska's wilderness - the ebb and flow of nature and the daily lives of those making their home in the wilderness that would later become Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Read along to experience Proenneke's way of life away from "the grind" and follow the seasons of Twins Lakes with an intrepid guide.
Author: Richard L. Proenneke
Read More Books or Watch More Films About Dick Proenneke
Despite his remote location and fierce independence, Dick was not a hermit; he maintained friendships and wrote back to anyone who sent him a letter. He saw his correspondence, films, and journals as a way to share a life untethered to the commercial world. His observations have inspired several books and videos.
More Readings From One Man's Wilderness
More Readings From One Man's Wilderness: The Journals of Richard L. Proenneke, 1974-1980
A Life in Full Stride
A Life in Full Stride: the Journals of Richard L. Proenneke, 1981-1985
One Man's Alaska
Filmed in 1977, this 27 minute long documentary can be viewed online for free at the National Archives website.
No Place Like Twin Lakes
Watch Proenneke's last visit to his cabin at Upper Twin Lake in the year 2000 at the age of 84.
Learn More About Dick Proenneke's Life at Upper Twin Lake
Proenneke: the Man, the Myth, the Legend
The source of Sam Keith's book "One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey," Dick Proenneke embodies humanity's fascination with wilderness.
Explore Lake Clark's Museum Collection
View Lake Clark's entire online museum collections which includes some of Richard Proenneke's belongings.
Proenneke's Wilderness Ethos
From hunter to conservationist - explore the evolution of Richard L. Proenneke's wilderness ethos.
Learn about the Proenneke Cabin
Proenneke's cabin at Upper Twin Lake stands out for the remarkable craftsmanship that reflects his unshakable wilderness ethic.
Virtual Tour of Upper Twin Lake
View images of Proenneke's cabin and of the beautiful Twin Lakes area where he built his wilderness home.
Visit Dick Proenneke's Cabin
Plan your trip to the home of one of Alaska's foremost wilderness icons.
Last updated: December 18, 2018