Alone in the WildernessDVD - 2004
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Dick Proenneke: "It was good to be back in the wilderness again, where everything seems at peace. I was alone... just me and the animals. It was a great feeling -- free once more to plan and do as I pleased. Beyond was all around me. My dream was a dream no longer. I suppose I was here because this was something I had to do. Not just dream about it, but do it. I suppose, too, I was here to test myself. Not that I had never done it before, but this time it was to be a more thorough and lasting examination." (cont'd)
Dick Proenneke: "What was I capable of, that I didn't know yet? Could I truly enjoy my own company for an entire year? And was I equal to everything this wild land could throw at me? I had seen its moods in late spring, summer, and early fall, but what about the winter? Would I love the isolation then, with its bone-stabbing cold; its ghostly silence... At age fifty-one I intended to find out."
Dick Proenneke: "...I don't want these logs looking as though a Boy Scout was turned loose on them with a dull hatchet."
Dick Proenneke: "...Too many men work on parts of things. Doing a job to completion satisfies me."
Dick Proenneke: Like a woman all smiles one minute and dancing a temper tantrum the next.
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Documentary tells the story of Dick Proenneke who, in the late 1960s, built his own cabin in the wilderness at the base of the Aleutian Peninsula, in what is now Lake Clark National Park. Using color footage he shot himself, Proenneke traces how he came to this remote area, selected a homestead site and built his log cabin completely by himself. The documentary covers his first year in-country, showing his day-to-day activities and the passing of the seasons as he sought to scratch out a living alone in the wilderness.
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