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The Final Frontiersman
Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness
Narrated by Dan Woren / 12 hours 25 minutes
“You can’t get any closer to escapist literature or off the grid stories than The Final Frontiersman : Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness by James Campbell, narrated by Dan Warren. At the age of twenty, Heimo Korth decided to move to Alaska and stay there for the rest of his life, where he still lives with his wife Edna, in the Arctic Wildlife National Refuge, literally in the middle of nowhere. Heimo's cousin, James Campbell, a journalist, visited Heimo several times in order to write this amazing and often heartbreaking story about a man driven to build his own cabin, hunt his own food, fend for himself against the dangers of ice-bound winters and swollen rivers, and to find a life he can call his own. Heimo might not be a warm, fuzzy character, and Campell doesn’t avoid his honest opinions about some of the choices Heimo makes, yet the story of this place and this man are compelling, and speaks to a part of each of us that wants to live life on our own terms. The narration by Dan Warren is heartfelt and straightforward, lending the audio book authenticity for the story and the writer.”Sarah, Loganberry Books
The inspiration for The Last Alaskans-the eight-part documentary series on Animal PlanetHundreds of hardy people have tried to carve a living in the Alaskan bush, but few have succeeded as consistently as Heimo Korth. Originally from Wisconsin, Heimo traveled to the Arctic wilderness in his feverous twenties. Now, more than four decades later, Heimo lives with his wife approximately two hundred miles from civilization-a sustainable, nomadic life bounded by the migrating caribou, the dangers of swollen rivers, and by the very exigencies of daily existence.In The Final Frontiersman, Heimo's cousin James Campbell chronicles the Korth family's amazing experience, their adventures, and the tragedy that continues to shape their lives. With a deft voice and in spectacular, at times unimaginable detail, Campbell invites us into Heimo's heartland and home. The Korths wait patiently for a small plane to deliver their provisions, listen to distant chatter on the radio, and go sledding at forty-four degrees below zero-all the while cultivating the hard-learned survival skills that stand between them and a terrible fate.Awe-inspiring and memorable, The Final Frontiersman reads like a rustic version of the American Dream and reveals for the first time a life most of us have never imagined: amid encroaching environmental pressures, apart from the herd, and alone in a stunning wilderness that-for now-remains the final frontier.
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