Heimo’s Arctic Refuge

It’s always fascinating to me to run across the story of someone who lives off the land in remote places. One of my favorite stories is of Dick Proenneke, a man in his 50’s that moved out into the woods in Alaska in 1968, built a tiny cabin and lived there for 30 years.

Tonight I ran across a similar story of a trapper named Heimo Korth that currently lives with his wife Edna in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge above the arctic circle. I can’t imagine living like they do but it sure is an eye opener to see this kind extreme tiny house living. It’s humbling really.

It’s also interesting to hear what he has to say about civilization and humanity. Maybe the view from the top of the world provides an especially clear view of things.

One warning before you watch the film. They carve out their existence by hunting and trapping, so there is some extremely graphic imagery related to this activity.

6 thoughts on “Heimo’s Arctic Refuge

  1. Weirdling says:

    I appreciate this clip. If only for a glimpse into a life that I could not (would not?) choose for myself. Thank you.

  2. yvonne sandiford says:

    I think the documentary was very good and the video was very good also. I love Alaska, the vastness of it but I have never experienced snow in my life.

  3. Jim in WNC says:

    This is an excellent story. I can understand the appeal of this way of life in contrast to the nonsense and emptiness that makes up so much of modern America. I respect this man and his wife for living in that vast, beautiful, and challenging region, while mostly doing so on their own terms.

    I have the urge to re-read Jack London’s short story- “To Build a Fire”!

  4. Craig in Maryland says:

    What a wonderful and touching piece. Thanks to those who’ve lived the life of independence, those making the video and those posting it here for me to witness and in my own way, participate. – Craig

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