Village Lane Recommends: “Alone in the Wilderness”

by Village Lane Staff

For a look at one man’s magnificent adventure in the Alaska wilderness, be sure to see “Alone in the Wilderness,” the story of a most remarkable man, Dick Proenneke.

Richard Louis “Dick” Proenneke (born May 4, 1916 – April 20, 2003) was an American naturalist who lived for years alone in the remote region of Alaska known as Twin Lakes.

Wanting his relatives in the lower 48 to see what life was like in Alaska, Proennke filmed his years alone with nature, building a cabin to live in, hunting for his food, cooking, learning and recording data about wildlife and plants, and exploring the expansive terrain in freezing temperatures.

Bob Swerer used the best of that footage to create three extraordinary videos: “Alone in the Wilderness”, “Alaska, Silence and Solitude” and “The Frozen North”.   The skills, innovation, hardiness, and fortitude of Pronneke are all captured in these stunning films.

These videos can be purchased in DVD or VHS format from the website and are also available on your PBS website.  Highly recommended!