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Friends of Dick Proenneke


Dick Proenneke spent roughly 30 years living in the Alaskan bush in a cabin he built with his own two hands. NPS photo.

One of the more popular posts on the original National Parks Traveler was about Dick Proenneke, a modern-day mountain man if ever there was one who headed off to Alaska in 1967 to live in the wilderness. I often learned that folks discovered the Traveler site by Googling for Dick.

Well, now there's a Yahoo! Groups page dedicated to him.

For those of you who've been around from the Traveler's beginning, you probably recall that Mr. Proenneke's claim to fame was cemented by a PBS show on his days spent at Lake Clark, which eventually became Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. How he managed to live for 30-some years at the cabin he built with his two hands at Twin Lakes is inspirational for those of us who treasure the wilderness, self-reliance, and self-determination.

It'll be interesting to watch the group site and read the stories folks share there in terms of what Mr. Proenneke meant to them.


hello kurt,
Thank You for the commentary here on NPS about the new Friends of Dick Proenneke mailinglist over at YahooGroups. your NPS is a well done, impressive site and i have added it to my favorites for regular visiting. :) thanks, again! regards, eilkso

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