At age 51, Dick Proenneke chose a life in the wilderness, built a cabin for himself in the extreme rugged clime of untouched Alaska. He lived there for the next 30 years, his life a meditative exercise in living responsibly, simply and joyfully. Over the 30 years, he wrote in his journal every day, maintaining a rich documentation of his daily life, his commune with nature around him and a meticulous recording of meteorological data. These journals & the film footage he has recorded using his 16mm wind-up camera let us look into a life led with a strong work and wilderness ethic, a life led with extreme contentment.
He would have turned 100 in 2016. We celebrate the man, his life and his message in this review.