The Final Frontiersman by James Campbell audiobook

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

By James Campbell
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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 twenties. Now, more than four decades later, Heimo lives with his wife approximately two hundred 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 forty-four 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 reads 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.

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Summary

Summary

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 twenties. Now, more than four decades later, Heimo lives with his wife approximately two hundred 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 forty-four 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 reads 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Campbell makes the case that an increasingly urban America—and its desires for oil, for timber, for neat and packaged wilderness—is killing and, worse, forgetting the frontier we once worshiped.” New York Times
“[One of] the greatest life-or-death tales ever told.” Esquire
“An icily gripping, intimate profile that stands up well beside Krakauer’s classic, and it stands too, as a kind of testament to the rough beauty of improbably wild dreams.” Men’s Journal
“What makes this more than just a profile of a fascinating personality is Campbell’s deft weaving of Alaskan history into Korth’s tale, showing how the recent influx of developers and ecotourists is making the trapping life ‘more of an anachronism with each passing year.’” Publishers Weekly
“This is a magical book in many ways; it tells of a land that most of us will never see and can’t imagine exists in today’s material world. Korth may be the last of the true frontiersmen, but Campbell has made certain that he will never be forgotten.” Library Journal
“A powerful evocation of a vanishing way of life.” Kirkus Reviews

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by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
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Makes Me Miss Home

As someone who was raised in Alaska, this book makes me homesick. So much of the source of that feeling is in the scenes that Campbell deftly describes. It’s Heimo and Edna Korth’s love for the Last Frontier lifestyle of subsistence and trapping, their love for the place they live, even as it tries to chew them up and spit them out, that has left me missing Alaska. In staying with his cousin Heimo for stretches of time during each of the “four seasons,” Campbell is able to capture and retell many of the distinctly Alaskan customs, practices, and sentiments, and to present the wildly varying opinions among the 49th state’s inhabitants. One thing Campbell got wrong, though, was the title of this book. It’s the “Last” Frontier, James. “Final” Frontier is "Star Trek".

Author

Author Bio: James Campbell

Author Bio: James Campbell

James Campbell, the author of several books, has written for Outside magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Men’s Journal, Audubon, and many other publications.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 12.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English