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Director: Richard "Dick" Proenneke

Producer: Bob Swerer productions


Dick Proenneke retired at age 50 in 1967 and decided to build his own cabin on the shore of Twin Lakes. The first summer he scouted for the best cabin site, and cut and peeled the logs he would need for his cabin. Dick Proenneke returned the next summer to finish the cabin where he lived for over 30 years. Dick filmed his adventures, and Bob Swerer later turned the film into a video so we can all watch this amazing man build his cabin by hand. This is the first DVD of a two part film that has captured the imagination and inspired hundreds!

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I watched this on Youtube, so I'm not sure if I got it all, but from what I viewed I give Alone in the Wilderness 7.5 out of 10 acorns. There are some really neat skills portrayed and it really brings home what one person can accomplish without any of the modern conveniences like power tools. It's a fun view and the retro narrative and old school camera work is pretty cool, the kids didn't really appreciate it though ...
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10 out of 10 Acorns

This was the first movie I saw about Proenneke. For those unfamiliar with him, he left the modern world in his early 50's and spent the next 30 yrs in a cabin he build from scratch with hand tools.

At least someone else here has seen this besides me, though I saw it on PBS. Then researched more about him and watched more of the films about him.

This is additonal footage of the a man on his journey. I would suggest watching The Frozen North first to get a more complete story of his awe inspiring story.

Alone in the Wilderness is a great addition to get more of Proenneke as is Alone in the Wilderness Pt2
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I'd give this movie 9 out of 10 acorns.  It's a great way to spend a PBS pledge drive  Dick's ingenuity and work ethic are a wonder to watch.  And to film it while there by himself without a go pro is pretty cool.  
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