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Old 06-09-2011, 01:51 PM
 
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Heimo (along with a few other families) was in another documentary which was made a decade or so before the VBS one, called Braving Alaska, narrated by actor Martin Sheen. You can find the whole thing online, or just get the DVD if you are interesting in seeing more stuff on how he lives.

Additionally, a book was written about him by his cousin, called The Final Frontiersman. Not sure if you are aware of that, but it gives a pretty good sense of the arduous nature of his lifestyle. It sold pretty well, from what I understand... so it should be around for quite some time for future generations to enjoy reading.

I found the VBS documentary which focused just on Heimos family to be a little bit more instructive in giving a sense of what it might really be to like to live that kind of isolated lifestyle up in ANWR. It was a nice "reality check," but the Braving Alaska documentary was interesting too.
I first learned about Heimo Korth after watching Braving Alaska years ago. I read the Final Frontiersman after watching that documentary. Great book.

The VBS documentary was fantastic. It didn't sugar coat anything, which a lot of reality shows tend to do when it comes to Alaska.
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:03 PM
 
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The VBS documentary was fantastic. It didn't sugar coat anything, which a lot of reality shows tend to do when it comes to Alaska.
I must have watched the VBS documentary thirty times already. Literally. It doesn't sugar coat things, indeed.

It's only ashame that growing up in the northeast U.S., I have grown accustomed to intense amounts of green and large deciduous hardwood forests, else I'd drop everything for the arctic in a heartbeat. I like trees too much, though.... so it's quite the quandary.
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:55 PM
 
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^ Funny that you say that. I've always said that I love the trees too much to ever move out west, but now I'm kinda in a stage where I want to live somewhere with more wide-open terrain. Seems like a nice change, because a lot of the time, the trees block otherwise great views of the mountains and other things.

Luckily, my degree isn't just Forestry, it also includes wildlife management stuff, so I can work in Alaska where there aren't any trees too if I want.
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Old 06-09-2011, 08:53 PM
 
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I recently watched a great documentary on VBS about Heimo Korth. I'd say he qualifies as an Alaskan mountain man...his wife Edna is pretty tough too...I'd watch a reality show about them.
Him and his wife were on one episode of 'flying wild alaska' last season.....
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Old 06-09-2011, 09:26 PM
 
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I first learned about Heimo Korth after watching Braving Alaska years ago. I read the Final Frontiersman after watching that documentary. Great book.

The VBS documentary was fantastic. It didn't sugar coat anything, which a lot of reality shows tend to do when it comes to Alaska.
Thanks for mentioning the book. I just ordered it. Sounds really gripping.
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