The inspiration for The Last Alaskans - the eight-part documentary series on Animal Planet.
Hundreds 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 20s. Now, more than four decades later, Heimo lives with his wife approximately 200 miles from civilization - a sustainable, nomadic life bounded by the migrating caribou, the dangers of swollen rivers, and 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 44 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 is 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.
©2015 James Campbell (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I first heard of heimo and Edna by watching a one hour program on YouTube made by vice a couple of years ago, and recently I took my time to watch the last alaskans to view more of their life. Being a hunter and outdoorsy person I've always found those kind of stories inspiring!
And now 2 days after I started on this book, I'm must say that I'm even more impressed by heimo and his family's life and his dedication to the bush!
The story was well told and the narrator did a great job telling it, nothing to complain about there at all!
I wish them both a long and happy life out there in the wilderness! (yes, they still live out there as far as I know)
While it was interesting to hear about the Korth's life as a family and some of what lead to their living in the bush, I would have liked to hear more about HOW they lived. More about trapping, hunting, woodslore. I understand that wasn't inyended to be the focus of this book, but maybe another installmet could offer more insight? Maybe some more survival and "close call" stories.
I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys this genre.
It is a well written story about an exceedingly interesting family. Heimo, is an extraordinary man. He is the type of person it seems to me that would be a lot of fun to be able to visit, and sit around the fire to listen to his stories.
He gets an "A plus" from me.
I was moved by the entire story. It is a story that allowed me to vicariously live in my mind in away I know I could never live in real life. I was moved by many aspects of the story. The loss of his child and the amazing relationship he has with his wife are very compelling. However, by far most interesting is their life in Alaska as a whole.
The most incredible adventurous book I have ever read. It really sparks a dream in me to head for Alaska. Real. Raw. Interesting. I did not like that it ended so quickly!!!!
what an amazing tale of a man and his family's struggle to maintain a dying way of life, living with the land instead of against it. Thank you for writing this book.
Well written and well narrated true story of one of the last families still living the subsistence lifestyle in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. This book has me Cheering for Heimo Korth.
This like many other stories of the Alaskan front tier rekindles all the dreams of my childhood. I enjoyed this immensely including the historical and all the irritating political history on Alaska.
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