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Heimo's arctic refuge

Here's something I came across and thought I'd share. It's a documentary about Heimo Korth, a man basicly living off the land in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. It was originally posted in 5 parts, but this is all those combined into one 52 minute piece.

In 1980, Jimmy Carter established the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the Alaskan Interior, cutting off 19 million acres of prime boreal wilderness from the mitts of fur trappers, oil tycoons, and would-be lodge owners alike. Only six families of white settlers were grandfathered in and allowed to keep cabins in the refuge—of them, only one still stays there year-round living off the land. His name is Heimo Korth, and he is basically the Omega Man of America’s Final Frontier.

Raised in suburban Wisconsin, Heimo set off in his teens to the Alaskan Bush to pursue the Davy Crockett lifestyle in more or less the only place it was still possible. Amid numerous setbacks and misadventures, Heimo gradually learned how to master his terrain, provide for his Eskimo wife, and rear children in one of the most inhospitable environments in North America.

In this premiere edition of Far Out, we take a bush plane to the middle of nowhere, Alaska, to catch up with Heimo and his wife, Edna—now reaching their golden years. Over the course of our ten-day stay, the Korths show us everything you need to know about fur-trapping, caribou-hunting, caribou-eating, river-crossing, boredom-staving, bear-avoidance, and bear-defense to live happily over 100 miles from the nearest neighbors. Vegans, you have been warned.

There's some other pretty interesting stuff on the website, including the travel guides to Liberia and North Korea.
Old 02-28-2010, 04:05 PM Conna is offline  
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Good effing shit, man.
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I'll have to check him out. Thanks!

If you are not in the know, check out Dick Proenneke too.
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wow that was an incredible documentary.
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iiiiiiiii recomnd that you Also see aloneinthewilderness. iiiiiiiiii think youll find it quite en-ter-tain-ing.

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this was great. thank you so much for the linkage.
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It's like the guy from Into the Wild, only not a failure.
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It's like the guy from Into the Wild, only not a failure.

That Into The Wild dude was a clueless hippy, complete opposite from this dude.
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