The grandfather of simple living




Dick Proenneke is arguably the fore father of simple living.

Dick at the tender age of 51 had saved up a modest sum of money as a mechanic and decided to retire …to the Alaska bush where he built his own 11×15 log cabin with simple hand tools, human power and lived for the next 30 years!

Dick lived a simple minimal life. A no frills lifestyle where he relied mostly on his own human power everyday. Dick was never sick in the 30 years he lived in the bush! He ate a simple diet a lot of beans, sourdough biscuits, pancakes, oatmeal, trout fished from the lake out his front door and a fall ram taken every year.

Dick was very active on a daily basis. He hiked, paddled the lake and had chores like cutting the fire wood he used to heat and cook with. He was the self-appointed steward of the area surrounding where he lived cleaning up after hunters that came thru the area leaving there messes behind.

Dick wanted for very little he made all his own furniture, his home and many of his tools and utincels. He didn’t own a car had very few possessions and lived a fulfilled life with a small footprint enjoying the solitude of the area into his eightys. Dick leaves a legacy for us all as an example of how we can live a low impact minimal but full life of purpose staying active healthy




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