Richard Proenneke was an amateur naturalist who lived alone for nearly thirty years in the mountains of Alaska in a log cabin which he built with his own hands near the shore of Twin Lakes. Proenneke hunted, fished, raised and gathered his own food, and also had supplies flown in occasionally. He documented his activities in journals and on film, and also recorded valuable meteorological and natural data. The journals and film were later used by others to write books and produce documentaries about his time in the wilderness.
Many people still build their own log cabins, but unlike Dick, most people make use of power tools and other modern day luxuries. Some will also hire on log home builders to do the entire project for them as a stress-free way to have their cabin built. Small log cabins can also be built by purchasing a log home building kit which is manufactured by a company and is delivered to a site ready to be built. For people like Dick, building a log cabin is a wonderful accomplishment and is seen as a dream project. Learning some of the old log cabin building techniques and skills would be very interesting, and it would feel so good to build something like that with your own two hands. While living off grid in a log cabin in the remote Alaskan wilderness is not for everyone, more people are discovering the advantages to living an off grid life. A life that’s filled with beauty and simplicity and a strong connection to nature. Dick is a great inspiration for anyone who is interested in living this way.