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And some would go totally insane from what is considered normal amount of human contact. It is a interesting experience to go six months alone isolated in a small arctic cabin. Even more interesting is the strange experience of the first hearing a human voice after six months.

Something I wrote, from my experience:

The wilderness can change a man............

There is a real transformation that can metamorphose within a man who is alone in the wilderness. He can exit the wilderness fragile, very fragile, he is no longer sure where that which is himself ends and that which is not himself starts.

Everything is kind of fuzzy, and has a softness about it, all things appear slightly blurred to the eye, like after one has been crying, and it can be hard to distinguish where one object stops and another object starts.

He feels weak and vulnerable, but centered. In fact he is stronger, but the feeling of weakness, and vulnerability comes from the loss of arrogance.

There is a clarity about the perfection of everything. Sounds are crisper, colors are different, there are so many more (new) colors now.

He feels as if he is looking through things and through people, this is a very uncomfortable experience, he tries to focus, but he just looks through everything.

Part of him wants to go back to the way it was, before being alone in the wilderness. But he also enjoys the bliss of how it is now. He wants to weep for no reason, but for the perfection of everything.

He has change, and can not change back to that which he was before, being alone in the wilderness.

I know not of drugs, but being alone in the wilderness, for long periods will change your perception of the universe. The universe is the same, but you have shifted to a place where you can see, with new eyes, a new heart, and a new empathy for all life. You have been born a second time, and are a child of the wilderness.

There was a time long ago, that a man was encouraged to go into the wilderness alone for a extended period, so that he might find wisdom about life. Sad it is discouraged today.
Many of us can live vicariously through Proenneke's adventure simply because it is impossible to escape from the clutter of the modern age. Noise clutter ... material clutter ... social clutter ... financial clutter ... Proenneke was a lucky man.
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I met him a few times when I homesteaded on Lake Clark. I have built three homesteads in Alaska over the last 46 years, and you can still do exactly what he did, assuming one has the skills. I am still building my last and final homestead. My first homestead was one of the very last under the Federal Homesteading Act. That free land opportunity closed in the early seventies. My first homestead was on the Upper Susitna River in the "Clearwater Country".


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I clearly remember learning about Mr Proenneke as a Boy Scout in the early 70s growing up in Nebraska. That sparked something in me that has never died. One of the first things I did when I moved to Alaska was to fly out to Richard's cabin on Twin Lakes. My wife and I camped, hiked and fished the area for a few days in wonderful solitude. I still get chills up my spine thinking about it.

I am now a few years into living and improving my modest, semi-remote Alaskan homestead. I'm loving it and I owe much of my simple pleasures to Mr Proenneke. I just wish I had 1/4th of his considerable skill set!
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Something I wrote, from my experience:

The wilderness can change a man............

There is a real transformation that can metamorphose within a man who is alone in the wilderness. He can exit the wilderness fragile, very fragile, he is no longer sure where that which is himself ends and that which is not himself starts.

Everything is kind of fuzzy, and has a softness about it, all things appear slightly blurred to the eye, like after one has been crying, and it can be hard to distinguish where one object stops and another object starts.

He feels weak and vulnerable, but centered. In fact he is stronger, but the feeling of weakness, and vulnerability comes from the loss of arrogance.

There is a clarity about the perfection of everything. Sounds are crisper, colors are different, there are so many more (new) colors now.

He feels as if he is looking through things and through people, this is a very uncomfortable experience, he tries to focus, but he just looks through everything.

Part of him wants to go back to the way it was, before being alone in the wilderness. But he also enjoys the bliss of how it is now. He wants to weep for no reason, but for the perfection of everything.

He has change, and can not change back to that which he was before, being alone in the wilderness.

I know not of drugs, but being alone in the wilderness, for long periods will change your perception of the universe. The universe is the same, but you have shifted to a place where you can see, with new eyes, a new heart, and a new empathy for all life. You have been born a second time, and are a child of the wilderness.

There was a time long ago, that a man was encouraged to go into the wilderness alone for a extended period, so that he might find wisdom about life. Sad it is discouraged today.
Very well said. I've felt a taste even after backpacking trips, or just long road trips where I didn't interact with anyone for weeks. I am starting to loathe my hyperconnected world. I work in IT, so social media permeates everything... it is difficult in my normal life to "unplug" and so for me, a backpacking trip is a violent jolt back to reality. I have yearned of doing what Proenneke did, but still find myself reasonably trapped in the "modern" world... but always wishing to cut ties and return to the wilderness.
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Been there done that. The cabin turns into a lodge, then family and friends want to be there, then the airstrip goes in and the satellite dish.
The aircraft hanger needs to be build because more and more time is spent out there with a crowd of people. Then emergency services request back up usage of your airstrip, and you build a cabin to house them and stray pilots scared of closing weather.
Uncle Rett ends up flying all the nephews, cousins he never heard of and their friends up to the lodge.

Then uncle Rett starts thinking about another area to build a nice quiet log cabin.
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