Meet Dick Proenneke, a True Alaskan Mountain Man.

Dick Proenneke and his hand-made cabin.

Dick Proenneke and his hand-made cabin.

Meet Dick Proenneke, a True Mountain Man and Woodsman.

Richard “Dick” Proenneke was an amateur naturalist, and a Woodsman who lived alone for 30 years in the mountain wilderness of Alaska.

Dick retired as a Diesel Mechanic in 1967. Desiring to live a more simple life after his retirement, he returned to Twin Lakes Alaska in May of 1968 and began turning the raw logs into his cabin that he had cut down the summer before.

The log cabin he constructed was entirely by hand, with no power tools or electricity. He hunted off the land, fished, raised and gathered his own food, and had supplies flown in on occasion.

The cabin in particular is noted for its remarkable craftsmanship as Dick was a skilled carpenter and wood worker.

Cabin exterior

Cabin exterior

The entire cabin and most of the furnishings were made from materials in the local area, even the gravel used for the cabin's base was taken from the lake bed.

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