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Tuesday, November 29 at 8 p.m. Alone in the Wilderness, Parts I and II

(Rochester, NY)Alone in the Wilderness, Part I, airing Tuesday, November 29 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1./cable 1011 and 11), tells the story of Dick Proenneke's 30-year adventure in the remote Alaska wilderness. In 1967 at the age of 50 Proeneeke retired and decided to build his own cabin on the shore of Twin Lakes in Alaska. The first summer he scouted for the best cabin site, and cut and peeled the logs he would need for his cabin. Proenneke returned the next summer to finish the cabin where he lived for over 30 years. He filmed his adventures, and Bob Swerer later turned the film into a video to share this amazing story of a man who built his cabin by hand and chose a life of solitude.

Proenneke's story continues in Alone in the Wilderness, Part II, following Part I at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD. In Part II, he continues to document with his 16mm wind-up Bolex camera, capturing his own amazing craftsmanship, the stunning Alaskan wildlife and scenery, and even a visit from his brother Ray (Jake). His epic journey takes you on a vacation away from the hustle and bustle of today's fast-paced society, and is a true breath of fresh air.


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