The Home of Adventure

Bear-Sig-01 1

Bear Grylls

Dick Proenneke Lived Alone In The Alaska Wilderness For 31 Years

Few off-the-grid naturalists have inspired us more than Dick Proenneke. He was an American naturalist that lived alone in the Alaska wilderness for 31 years, from 1968 to 1999. In his previous life, he was sought after diesel mechanic, which allowed him to save up enough money to venture out to a place called Twin Lakes, where he would face the challenge of building his own home and living off the land.

Bob Swerer Productions produced four one-hour documentaries about Proenneke, and we highly recommend them. Proenneke was a gentle, hardworking, quick learner who was able to succeed in his endeavors. The films are inspirational and calming, and they’re worthy of multiple viewings. They provide a wonderful mental break from the rat race that many of us participate in week after week.

Bob Swerer has clips from the films on his Youtube page, which you can watch below. They’re generously long, and it gives you a good idea of what Proenneke’s life was like. He was a truly unique individual, who accomplished the very thing that we daydream about at our desks often. We know you’ll enjoy them as much as we do.

Alone In The Wilderness

Alone In The Wilderness Part II

Alaska Silence & Solitude

The Frozen North

Join the Conversation!

More Like This

More Stories

Lake Hudson Recreation Area at night.

The 5 Best Places to View April’s Lyrid Meteor Shower

This April, we earthlings will get a rare opportunity to watch meteors streak across the sky during the Lyrid meteor shower, which comes from [...]

Survivor 44 Episode 5 Recap: Twists and Turns!

Night 9 on Tika gets off to a somber start. Sarah is gone, following Carolyn’s decision to join forces with the tribe’s new member, [...]

This Guy Did the Same Hike Every Day For 3 Years. Here’s What Happened.

In 2020, Zach Cross of Atlanta, Georgia, visited Stone Mountain — and found he could barely hike more than a mile. He was huffing [...]

Miami Seaquarium Will Release Lolita the Orca After 50 Years in Captivity

After repeated protest from animal rights activists, Miami Seaquarium has agreed to release its captive orca, Lolita, into the wild waters of the Pacific [...]

NEWS: Yellowstone National Park Rocked by Dozens of Earthquakes

This week, scientists from the University of Utah detected approximately 60 earthquakes beneath Yellowstone National Park. Their report has caused some tourists to express [...]

How Bear Grylls Finds Water in the Desert

Bear Grylls has spent time in many of the world’s hottest deserts, and he’s figured out some, er, creative ways to find water—remember that [...]

Scroll to Top