More Readings From One Man's Wilderness

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Photo on book cover courtesy of Florence Hicks & Doris Hagedorn

"Dinner would be served about three thirty if the chicken was tender ...Mashed potatoes and brown gravy, noodles & dumplings. Sourdough biscuits and honey. Jello and hot chocolate later. By the time I had finished I was uncomfortable. My birds knew it was Christmas and came for many helpings of hotcake." - December 25, 1974

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In More Readings from One Man's Wilderness: The Journals of Richard L. Proenneke, 1974-1980 readers find one of Alaska's best known wilderness icons going about his daily chores, documenting wildlife behavior, and participating in the creation of Lake Clark National Monument in 1978-79 and later the National Park and Preserve in 1980.

From his first visit to Twin Lakes in 1962, Proenneke kept a journal and eventually donated all of them to the NPS. Branson's light edit does not change Proenneke's writing. Explanatory notes and maps are provided to inform readers unfamiliar with the territory.

Publication Details

Author: Richard L. Proenneke
Editor: John B. Branson, historian for Lake Clark National Park & Preserve
Publisher: National Park Service
1st edition: 2005


Read More Books or Watch More Films About Dick Proenneke

Despite his remote location and fierce independence, Dick was not a hermit; he maintained friendships and wrote back to anyone who sent him a letter. He saw his correspondence, films, and journals as a way to share a life untethered to the commercial world. His observations have inspired several books and videos.

The Early Years: The Journals of Richard L. Proenneke, 1967-1973
The Early Years

The Early Years: The Journals of Richard L. Proenneke, 1967-1973

A Life in Full Stride: the Journals of Richard L. Proenneke, 1981-85
A Life in Full Stride

A Life in Full Stride: the Journals of Richard L. Proenneke, 1981-1985

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One Man's Alaska

Filmed in 1977, this 27 minute long documentary can be viewed online for free at the National Archives website.

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No Place Like Twin Lakes

Watch Proenneke's last visit to his cabin at Upper Twin Lake in the year 2000 at the age of 84.


Learn More About Dick Proenneke's Life at Upper Twin Lake

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Proenneke: the Man, the Myth, the Legend

The source of Sam Keith's book "One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey," Dick Proenneke embodies humanity's fascination with wilderness.

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Explore Lake Clark's Museum Collection

View Lake Clark's entire online museum collections which includes some of Richard Proenneke's belongings.

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Proenneke's Wilderness Ethos

From hunter to conservationist - explore the evolution of Richard L. Proenneke's wilderness ethos.

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Learn about the Proenneke Cabin

Proenneke's cabin at Upper Twin Lake stands out for the remarkable craftsmanship that reflects his unshakable wilderness ethic.

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Virtual Tour of Upper Twin Lake

View images of Proenneke's cabin and of the beautiful Twin Lakes area where he built his wilderness home.

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Visit Dick Proenneke's Cabin

Plan your trip to the home of one of Alaska's foremost wilderness icons.

Last updated: January 15, 2022

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