The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness

The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness

by James Campbell
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The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness by James Campbell

The inspiration for The Last Alaskans—the eight-part documentary series on the Discovery Channel! Called “[one of] the greatest life-or-death-tales ever told” (Esquire), James Campbell’s inimitable insider account of a family’s nomadic life in the unshaped Arctic wilderness “is an icily gripping, intimate profile that stands up well beside Krakauer’s classic [Into the Wild], and it stands too, as a kind of testament to the rough beauty of improbably wild dreams” (Men’s Journal).

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 twenties. Now, more than three decades later, Heimo lives with his wife and two daughters approximately 200 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 44° 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 undreamed by most of us: amid encroaching environmental pressures, apart from the herd, and alone in a stunning wilderness that for now, at least, remains the final frontier.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416591214
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 11/01/2007
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 92,224
File size: 898 KB

About the Author

James Campbell has written for National Geographic Adventure, Outside, and Men’s Journal, among other publications. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two daughters.

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Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about adventures and Alaska. Heimo Korth is an awesome person to read about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in knowing more about what life is like living in the interior of Alaska! Fascinating this man could adapt himself to such a climate and way of life.
Anonymous 29 days ago
At least as good as I hoped.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
Scott and I are fans of the tv show The Last Alaskans so I thought it would be nice to learn more about my favorite family. Heimo and Edna seem like such geniune loving and nice people and after reading this book I have even more respect for both of them. The story starts with Heimo in his home town of Appleton, Wisconsin and moves on to his dream of moving to Alaska and how he came to live in the bush. Let me tell you it takes a very strong person to do what he has done. It is not for everyone. I found this quote in the book about people who move to Alaska and loved it - they call these people sourdoughs "soured on this country and ain't go no dough to get out" Makes a lot of sense to me. Alos they say if you live in Alaska two years your feet will be frozen in. Heimo happens to be one of only seven people with a cabin permit in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge which is 19.5 million acres. Out of those seven he is the only one who is a permanent resident. I liked how there was a little history of the Eskimos included and it made me very angry to see they were treated just as bad if not worse than the Native Americans in the lower 48. In fact over 2/3 of the tribes were descimated. All for greedy people. For me this was a good, very informative book and am happy that I took the time to read it.
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After meeting Heimo through The Last Alaskans TV show, it was nice to get some background into how he came to be one of the last cabin permit holders to live in ANWAR. Includes adventure annd his views on the future of the refuge and what we may be losing as a culture by not allowing the subsistence lifestyle to exist for those who accept the challenge. Enjoy this book. It may be one of the last books about living free and independent off the land.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A masterful tale of unbelievable courage and determination. This is a must read for all who enjoy stories of those who endure all that the 'final frontier' has to offer. Korth and his family have my unabated admiration.
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Sits crying softly, missing Nate.