Richard L. Proenneke's cabin at Upper Twin Lake stands out for the remarkable craftsmanship that reflects his unshakable wilderness ethic. He built the cabin using only hand tools, many of which he fashioned himself.
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Philip Werner Backpacking Memoirs. This excerpt chronicles the construction of his log cabin, which still stands today, and is managed by the Forest Service. It appealed to me on many levels: the self-reliance of a skilled craftsman, the beauty and menace of the Alaskan wilderness, and as a journal of a very articulate observer.
An Alaskan Odysseybased on Proenneke's journals and photography. National Park Service. Proenneke remained at Twin Lakes for the next sixteen months when he left to go home for a time to visit relatives and secure more supplies.
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He had a real mission in mind; he wanted to build himself a log cabin — working completely alone with only hand tools. He lived there in retirement for 27 years he passed away in at age Many of our Association Members strongly identify with this modern era Alaskan pioneer.
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