11 March 2007

A Wilderness Retirement--Living Well Through Personal Competence

You may remember an earlier posting about Richard Proenneke--Portrait of Competence.

This video presents nine minutes from a one hour video of Richard Proenneke's early days in the wilderness. Proenneke lets us into his world, and reveals many small tricks including his methods of building his cabin, using very simple tools to achieve a precise, quality fit. It was his attention to quality in his work, and his natural thriftiness, that allowed him to retire at age 50 working as a mechanic, and then to thrive in a wilderness that would have killed most people.

Fortunately, Proenneke preserved many of his experiences on film, and in journals. His appreciation of nature's beauty, along with his basic underlying individual competence, show through clearly in this video.

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