Surviving Alone in Alaska
Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:28 PM
This is a pretty cool look at a dude and his wife living by themselves in the Alaskan Artic. Their nearest neighbors are 100 miles a way. I think they're pretty badass. :)
Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:23 PM
Also, if you haven't heard about Dick Proenneke check him out (someone just made a thread about him).
When I first heard about him four years ago I was able to find a full length documentary online for free.
I've looked recently and have only been able to find snippets - nothing like the full length of years ago.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 01:04 AM
I have been having a hell of a time watching vids lately. I got to see 33 seconds of that one before it just stops loading. It seems like there are more all the time that won't play here. A few months ago I didn't have this issue. There are still some that seem to play just fine, but the number that do is going down.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:11 AM
About Dick Proenneke tho-- right now for free you can get all the movies in one bundle. I think there is 5?
Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:16 AM
I need to update my windows stuff and flash player but I cannot yet until I get a new disk to put on this silly computer...
Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:42 AM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:54 PM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:56 PM
Alaska is a place I will get too before I die.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:06 AM
Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:12 AM
In windows 7, right click, go to 'personalize' and on the bottom right it should say 'Screen Saver' select it and change the timing settings. Should fix your issues :)
Posted 14 June 2013 - 12:42 AM
A total of three years spent north of the arctic circle, Fort Yukon for the most part.
Living was certainly different, this was in the 80's and communication was difficult and the internet did not exist.
Neither did TV in the smaller villages.
Birch Creek (Tahiti'Aii) had an average population of 23 and the nearest road was 100 miles south on the other side of the White Mountains.
Chalkyitsik had 56 and the nearest road was 200 miles south on the other side of the Yukon Flats and the White Mountains.
Fort Yukon is a hub with over 600 people, still no road to anywhere, smack in the middle of the Yukon Flats, eight miles north of the arctic circle.
Personal record of -70 F for using the outhouse, might have been a record for speed as well.
No TV, boredom must be relieved somehow.
A styrofoam cup full of 30 weight engine oil sliced in half vertically will hold its shape overnight, then the flat slowly gets a curve and flows down throughout the next day.
Heimo was trapping north of Fort Yukon when I met him. I have to admit surprise at seeing him in the video.
I can't say I would want to live there now, too old for the physical effort required.
Edited by Phaeton, 14 June 2013 - 12:48 AM.
Posted 14 June 2013 - 09:05 AM
I love it !!
its kinda sad that is the LAST Frontier...... like literally
and wtf... just watching the first 20mins of that video...
i get the drift that the US Govt wont let anyone live NORTH or the Arctic Circle in Alaska?? WTF is up
with that. What is more people wanna be like this guy? than again, he did say he witnesssed A LOT of people
trying to do what he has done but fail after a few years lol
I bet they do it just to bring themselves back to reality and really come to understanding how well
most have it...
Posted 14 June 2013 - 09:52 AM
Posted 14 June 2013 - 12:54 PM
Posted 14 June 2013 - 01:01 PM
I have been lucky enough to have been able to work in this state for years, and my wife and I recently became full time residents. It is different here than in the lower 48. Better, in my eyes anyway.
I highly recommend for people to come and get a look for them self, as words and pictures alone don't do justice. Just be prepared, it is like a drug to a lot of people, one that they find they can't do without after they have tasted it.
Just yesterday I has looking out over our lake, and got to watch a full sized bald eagle swoop in to try to get at some baby ducks that are nested in the marshy grass bordering the lake. He didn't get them, much to my wife's relief. It is quite impressive to see a bird of prey, with a wing span of over 6 & 1/2 feet, swoop in like a fighter jet. The power, the beauty, the grace... To be able to watch this out the living room window while drinking the mornings coffee.... Its moments like that, that help make the rest of the bullshit life sends at you more tolerable.
I wouldn't advise anybody to try and live alone in the bush, I wouldn't try and talk them out of it either. In my opinion, that kind of living isn't for most people, and I know it's not for me. I love living in the sticks, but I also like to be able to shop at Wally World, or go out to eat once or twice a month. I found my happy medium by having to drive for a little over a hour each way to get to town. That is downright civilized compared to getting your supplies airlifted to you every 3 months. Sorry, I am rambling, but only because I want to share something I truly love.
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Posted 15 June 2013 - 02:54 PM
In retrospect his path was straight to where he is now, but at the time he was trapping the upper Porcupine River and options were many.
The USA has a definite program to shut down the villages, without the villages it is more difficult for trappers.
I believe Heimo says he is the last now, and newcomers are not allowed.
I find this a shame.
As for the lifestyle, four or five "back to nature" groups would come through Fort Yukon every year. They ALL went home again, this is not romantic.
Dorothy lost her little sister when a cutbank collapsed, Heimo lost his daughter to a sweeper, not sure why Agnes went outside that night, but she froze to death.
Life is tough, then you die is the way of life. Jimmy buried two daughters and his wife before he reached 40.
A good note, Heimo is doing great, still talks the same attitude as 30 years ago. It has been over 25 years since I even thought about him. touchstones to the past are really cool.
Posted 10 June 2014 - 06:26 AM