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Alone In The Wilderness, Part Two

Dick Proenneke's cabin in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska, May 8, 2008.
Courtesy of National Park Service
Dick Proenneke's cabin in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska, May 8, 2008.

Airs Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Dick Proenneke's simple, yet profound account of his 30 year adventure in the remote Alaska wilderness continues in this sequel to "Alone In The Wilderness."

In the late 1960s, Proenneke built his own cabin in the wilderness at the base of the Aleutian Peninsula, in what is now Lake Clark National Park.

Watch through his eyes as he continues to document with his 16mm wind-up Bolex camera, capturing his own amazing craftsmanship, the stunning Alaskan wildlife and scenery and even a visit from his brother Ray (Jake).

His epic journey takes you on a vacation away from the hustle and bustle of today's fast-paced society, and is a true breath of fresh air.

Dick Proenneke left Twin Lakes for the last time in 1999. He was 82 years old, and the extreme cold and hard physical work were becoming too much for him. His brother Raymond (Jake) convinced Dick to move in with him back in California where Dick spent the remaining 3 years of his life.

Dick Proenneke died April 28, 2003. He donated his cabin to the US Park Service, and it is now part of Lake Clark National Park.

Bob Swerer has taken the best footage from Dick's films and he has created four videos about Dick, "Alone in the Wilderness," "Alaska, Silence and Solitude," "The Frozen North," and now "Alone in the Wilderness, Part Two."

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Video Excerpt: Alone In The Wilderness, Part Two
Preview: Alone In The Wilderness, Part One