Richard “Dick” Proenekke wanted to live alone in the Alaskan wilderness for a year to test his survival skills but he loved it so much that he decided to make it his permanent home for nearly 30 years.
“Eight and a half miles can be covered in minutes in a car on an expressway, but what does a man see? What he gains in time he loses in benefit to his body and mInd.” ― Richard Proenneke
"Too many men work on parts of things. Doing a job to completeness satisfies a man.”
“I enjoy working for my heat. I don't just press a button or twist a thermostat dial. I use the big crosscut saw and the axe, and while I'm getting my heat supply I'm working up an appetite that makes simple food just as appealing as anything a French chef could create.”
"If you don't need to eat, well don't kill it." , “I don't confuse my digestive system, I just season simple food with hunger”
"Learn to use an axe, and respect it and you can't help but love it. But abuse one and it will wear your hands raw and open your foot like an overcooked sausage."
Unfortunately Dick passed away from a stroke in 2003, but his legacy lives on through his films that are compilations of footage that he obtained through years of shooting with a wind-up film camera. There are currently two documentaries produced with a third one hopefully on the way in the near future.