Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Alone in the wilderness

"To live in a pristine land unchanged by man... to roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed... to choose an idyllic site, cut trees and build a log cabin... to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what needed from materials available... to be not at odds with the world, but content one's own thoughts and company... "

If I had to pick a brand ambassador for Red Wing Shoes in the 60's, it would have been Dick Proenneke. In 1967, he retired at age 50 and decided he wanted to live in the wilderness of Alaska. To make this possible he built his own cabin on the shore of Twin Lakes. The first summer he searched for the right site, and after finding the right spot, he cut and peeled the logs necessary to build the cabin.

The following year, he returned and built the cabin. According to the information available, he lived there for more than 30 years. Dick filmed his adventure with a 16mm camera and a tripod. Now we know where the inspiration for "Survivor" came from. Thanks Paolo Bellini for sharing.

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