Alaska Wall Art
Home Gallery Print & Ordering Info Photography Books Tours & Services Blog
Dick Proenneke, Twin Lakes Alaska, One Man’s Wilderness, Alone in the Wild, Cabin, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

Dick Proenneke and Twin Lakes Gallery

Joseph Classen camped out at Twin Lakes on his 2012 solo adventure to the land of Dick Proenneke.

In September of 2012, my autumn vacation plans for that year abruptly fell through at the last minute.

As a result, I found myself hastily scrambling over ideas for a Plan B. As I pondered various substitute

adventures I might embark upon, one idea came rushing to the top of the list: a solo wilderness trip to

Twin Lakes, Alaska…the dwelling of one of my lifelong inspirations…Mr. Dick Proenneke.


In 1968, at the age of 52, when most people are thinking about things like retirement, Dick headed out

to Twin Lakes to begin a radical new life. While living in a small cabin his first year there (“Spike’s Cabin”),

he devoted virtually all of his time and energy to constructing his own cabin and homestead. The results

of his efforts are absolutely amazing! Mr. Proenneke’s mechanical genius and stunning craftsmanship,

as displayed in his cabin, along with his self-reliant wilderness lifestyle, have inspired thousands of

people from all over the world. Dick filmed much of the building of his cabin and documented his life at

Twin Lakes with an old wind-up movie camera, and he kept detailed journals as well. These have been

made into books and the PBS smash hit, and absolutely MUST SEE film, Alone in the Wilderness,

produced by Bob Swerer. Click here for more information.


Mr. Proenneke lived at Twin Lakes until he was 82, and eventually died in 2003 at the age of 86.

His cabin is now an official Alaska Historical Site. Dick lived an utterly amazing life, a life that for many

would have simply remained a fantasy. He was a man who made the willful, conscious decision to truly

make his dreams come true…instead of just merely thinking about them.  


My solo trip to Twin Lakes began with a two hour bush plane ride into a vast, four million acre area of

extremely remote wilderness. The pilot I hired dropped me off right at the site of the Proenneke cabin!

It was awesome to finally see it in person! Wow!!! I could write an entire book about all my experiences

out there, but to quickly sum it up, my days were filled with hiking through and photographing some of

the most stunningly beautiful land I have ever seen. I spent the afternoons in awe, watching huge grizzly

and black bears devouring massive amounts of alpine berries up in the steep terrain. I marveled at the

spectacular autumn colors of the trees and brush along the creeks and lakes. The sunsets and sunrises

were genuinely a taste of heaven. I spent quality time perched high on mountain ridges, surveying

the breathtaking scenes with a heart exploding with gratitude! It was without question one of the most

incredible, blessed, truly transforming experiences of my life!


Again, it’s a long story, but the course of my life changed quite dramatically (for the better) after my time

spent out there in the soul-stirring tranquility that Dick enjoyed for so many years. I was in that special place

of solitude not just to pay homage to Mr. Proenneke’s life, but more so, to do some serious reflecting on

my own. Naturally, I took many, many photos during the experience too. The ones featured here in this

gallery are my favorites. Some of them will also be featured in an upcoming book about Dick and Twin

Lakes that Bob Swerer is currently working on. It’s a HUGE honor to be included in the project.


Finally, I also shot a little video footage of my time at Dick’s dwelling to memorialize the experience. It is

posted at the bottom of this page, after the photos, for your viewing enjoyment.

Dick Proenneke Cabin, Dick Proenneke, Twin Lakes Alaska, One Man’s Wilderness, Alone in the Wild, Cabin, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen Eternal Moose, Dick Proenneke, Twin Lakes Alaska, One Man’s Wilderness, Alone in the Wild, Cabin, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen Hope Creek Sunset #1, Dick Proenneke, Twin Lakes Alaska, One Man’s Wilderness, Alone in the Wild, Cabin, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen Hope Creek Sunset #2, Dick Proenneke, Twin Lakes Alaska, One Man’s Wilderness, Alone in the Wild, Cabin, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen Dick Proenneke Cabin and Sled, Dick Proenneke, Twin Lakes Alaska, One Man’s Wilderness, Alone in the Wild, Cabin, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen Dick Proenneke Cabin Close-up, Dick Proenneke, Twin Lakes Alaska, One Man’s Wilderness, Alone in the Wild, Cabin, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen Teetering Rock #1, Dick Proenneke, Twin Lakes Alaska, One Man’s Wilderness, Alone in the Wild, Cabin, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen Teetering Rock #2, Dick Proenneke, Twin Lakes Alaska, One Man’s Wilderness, Alone in the Wild, Cabin, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen Spike's Cabin, Dick Proenneke, Twin Lakes Alaska, One Man’s Wilderness, Alone in the Wild, Cabin, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen Old Trapper Cabin, Dick Proenneke, Twin Lakes Alaska, One Man’s Wilderness, Alone in the Wild, Cabin, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen Boulder Walk, Dick Proenneke, Twin Lakes Alaska, One Man’s Wilderness, Alone in the Wild, Cabin, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen Autumn Contrast, Dick Proenneke, Twin Lakes Alaska, One Man’s Wilderness, Alone in the Wild, Cabin, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen Autumn Moose Skull, Dick Proenneke, Twin Lakes Alaska, One Man’s Wilderness, Alone in the Wild, Cabin, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen A Sign from God, Dick Proenneke, Twin Lakes Alaska, One Man’s Wilderness, Alone in the Wild, Cabin, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen Caribou Grave, Dick Proenneke, Twin Lakes Alaska, One Man’s Wilderness, Alone in the Wild, Cabin, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen Lakeside Solo Tree, Dick Proenneke, Twin Lakes Alaska, One Man’s Wilderness, Alone in the Wild, Cabin, Alaska Wall Art, Joseph Classen

Title: Dick Proenneke Cabin

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Eternal Moose

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Hope Creek Sunset #1

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Hope Creek Sunset #2

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Dick Proenneke Cabin and Sled

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Title: Dick Proenneke Cabin Close-up

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 20” or 24” x 30”

Title: Teetering Rock #1

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Teetering Rock #2

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Spike’s Cabin

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Old Trapper Cabin

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Boulder Walk

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Autumn Contrast

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Autumn Moose Skull

Available Print Sizes: 12” x 24” or 16” x 32”

Title: A Sign from God

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Caribou Grave

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

Title: Lakeside Solo Tree

Available Print Sizes: 16” x 24” or 24” x 36”

2012 Dick Proenneke - Twin Lakes Solo Adventure Video

© 2017 Joseph F. Classen  - All Rights Reserved - No photographs may be used without permission.

Wild Revelation Facebook Page

Alaska Wall Art

907-942-5637

Email: alaskawallart@gmail.com

Contact Information

Wild Revelation YouTube Channel