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 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

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 WildThe 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, 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 learne

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  1. Author, adventurer and producer James Campbell is a native of Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and three daughters He has written stories for Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Military History, Backpacker, Audubon, Field and Stream, and many other magazines and newspapers His first book, The Final Frontiersman was chosen by in 2004 as the 1 Outdoor title of the Year and one of the Top 50 books of the Year and by the Midwest Booksellers Association as one of the Top 2 nonfiction titles of the year His fascination with New Guinea and the war in the South Pacific led him to the story of the 32nd Division, the Ghost Mountain Boys, and his book of the same name In 2006, he followed the route of the Ghost Mountain Boys across New Guinea a journey that historians describe as one of the cruelest in military history and shot a documentary film in the process His story, Chasing Ghosts, about that expedition, which appeared in the May 2007 issue of Outside magazine, was chosen for The Best American Travel Writing 2008 The Ghost Mountain Boys Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea the Forgotten War of the South Pacific was chosen as a Book of the Month Club selection and History and Military BOMC selections It also won the 2008 RR Donnelley Literary Award, given for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author Campbell s newest book, Braving It A Father, A Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild will be released by Penguin Random House in May 2016.Campbell is the co Executive Producer of the Discovery Channel series, The Last Alaskans, which was inspired by his first book, The Final Frontiersman.

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

  1. I ve had a hard time convincing people to read this book My mom pestered me to read this for almost a year, and I reluctantly picked it up from the library It is now one of my favorite books.If you think rugged individualism, environmental stewardship, integrity, and, old school family values are dead, read this book It is truly inspiring to see a man and his family build a fulfilling, simple, happy life in one of the most inhospitable places on earth.The day to day challenges of living in such [...]


  2. Just an incredible book One of my favorites of all time Such a fascinating look into the life of one of the few people to live in the Alaskan wild.


  3. I ve read a series of books lately starting with On Trails and continuing with Last Frontiersman that have really made me question my definition of wilderness Wilderness is other than human, the second humans move into it, it becomes frontier, at least that seems to be its definition to most people This idea is not modern, always in religious texts the wilderness was away from civilization, in fairytales it s the dark and dangerous background to the safety of civilization, and today its legally [...]


  4. I m not into shows like Survivorman or Man Versus Wild, so maybe I m not the target audience for this book, the true story of a man from Appleton who lives above the Artic Circle in the interior of Alaska I learned a lot about Alaska and about trapping, which was interesting, but I felt the book was really poorly written The author is Heimo s cousin, also from Appleton, and he seems unwilling to probe Heimo too much about the emotional impact of living as he does and the events of his life It fe [...]


  5. Want to live off the grid Better read this first.The author is brought out via chartered plane to visit Heimo Korth and his family on the Coleen River in Northwestern Alaska, hundreds of miles from the nearest road and seemingly centuries away from the hustle of Fort Yokun and Fairbanks You learn of their daily hardships, and too the pleasures of being that far out in country The Korth s are trappers, and spend much of their time and energy adapting to the harsh cold and shifting weather of the [...]


  6. The pursuit of the West has always loomed large in the minds of Americans The West is an ideal, largely unattainable because it exists in the mind rather than on any map It is the greener grass on the other side of the fence, the wilderness that so many have left civilization to seek.Heimo Korth, the titular Final Frontiersman , is a man not so different from other men in that he sought some kind of meaning beyond the nine to five, cubicle life that so many American men lose their dreams in Unl [...]


  7. I fell in love with the Korth family after watching them on The Last Alaskans Edna is a witty, strong woman, and Heimo always has a smile on his face on the show, no matter what trial he was facing out in the Alaskan Wilderness I was curious to go deeper into their story, to find out what brought Heimo out to Alaska, what brought Heimo and Edna together, the details of the sudden death of the daughter Colleen, and what it was like to raise two children out in the bush The book delved into all th [...]


  8. The Final Frontiersman, written by James Campbell, published by Atria Books in 2004 is a biographical adventure selling for 25.00 in hardback, ISBN 0 7434 5313 1 Mr Campbell takes us into the wilderness of Arctic Alaska, to learn as his main character, Heimo Korth, learns a harsh, rich, new life which most of us wouldn t have imagined For me, the book illuminated both the struggle of survival in the wilderness and the heroic odyssey of a man who finds himself I honestly enjoyed this book without [...]


  9. I have read another of Campbell s books and enjoy him as an author and I have read his other book that involved the Knouth family I have also enjoyed reading about the wilderness life in Alaska this summer The Final Frontiersman is a good book I probably would have given it a 2.5 star if they had that option My two complaints about this book was the interruption of the story line with historical background information In a book of this type when the author starts that kind of thing I usually ass [...]


  10. This book is an exportation of the concept of wilderness and those who strive to find themselves in the American concept of wilderness The book does a great job at contrasting the native cultural concept of wilderness as home and the need for community and the unique American concept of finding oneself alone in the wilderness I also appreciate how the book explores the female and family outlook on life on the frontier and how to cope with the loneliness It is a great anthropological look on mode [...]


  11. interesting way of life, would have given it four stars but too much about government, I liked it though a lot


  12. I usually don t like books with the title The Last Final Insert Bogus Last Final Thing Here , because inevitably they are NOT the last whatever This book, which follows the life of Heimo Korth, who went up to Alaska as a twenty year old, really does qualify to be titled The Final Frontiersman, because he really is the last of a breed He is a subsistence trapper in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and he and six other trappers are permitted to trap there because they had been living there befo [...]


  13. Reading this now, in my late sixties, I kept getting pulled back by the raw strength needed to attempt what Heimo has done In my twenties, I walked parts of the Appalachian Trail and on reading an adventure could put myself there Part of me knew I was fooling myself, but I could will myself to undertake a few things that were actually pretty hard I see now pretty plainly what is really at stake, and how unbelievable Heimo s accomplishment really has been But, talk about stick to it iveness I was [...]


  14. If you have an interest in nonfiction wilderness survival, I would recommend giving this book a try I learned a lot about what it takes to live in remote frozen areas not that I do, lol I also enjoyed learning aspects of how our modern culture is impacting native Alaskan people today, and how our political atmosphere, which can seem reasonable in the lower 48 does not necessarily apply well to their needs I felt that sometimes the book would drag a bit when it came to discussing history and laws [...]


  15. I found this book oddly not compelling It felt like the author didn t have enough material to make an entire book, so he padded it out with other examples and anecdotes The focus on one man and his family was a promising subject, but truthfully this felt like a long magazine article rather than a fully actualized book There was no real analysis of Why Heimo and his family live the way they live, and there was not any pressing reason for the reader to care about the success or failure of any give [...]


  16. An amazing tale of the last true frontiersman told by his cousin Over the course of many moons, James Campbell visits with and traps alongside his cousin Heimo Korth and family in the Arctic Circle of Alaska This book is full of facts and as well as stories of Heimo s life and Alaska s history I enjoyed how Campbell captured the harshness of the climate, the various cultures that comprise Alaska, and the realities of being an Alaskan who lives both in town and miles away from another soul Well t [...]


  17. After watching The Last Alaskans, I read The Final Frontiersman If you are fond of the Korths in the show, you get to know them even better through this book which was written years before the tv show.Their stories are amazing, and the fact that Heimo and Edna have survived their life in the Alaskan bush is extraordinary Campbell also offers a look at the changing political scene in Alaska over the years the protections and restrictions that affect the Korths and the few others who choose this l [...]


  18. Interesting story about a way of life that I thought disappeared with the 19th century The history on Alaska and the Federal land grab was also interesting I understand why critical parts were arranged as they were, but the numerous flashbacks made it difficult for the reader A good study on an interesting and tough back country lifestyle.


  19. Not a bad read, the bits about actually living in Alaska were great, I really liked Heimo and his family, and found there way of living really interesting However all the background about Alaskan laws and policies was a bit dull This book could have been just as good perhaps better with a third of the waffle cut out.


  20. THE FINAL FRONTIERSMAN is an interesting enough story, but the simple life that Heimo Korth has sought out and established for himself and his family is undermined by the writing We get too many tangential stories and history lessons Emotional events in Heimo s life get cutoff prematurely, with the book focused on the Alaskan backdrop than its central characters.


  21. A very well written biography of one of the last frontiersman in America It starts when Heimo was young and then moves forward and tells his story in a series of flashbacks I thoroughly enjoyed it and was sad when it ended.


  22. One of my absolute favorites The story of Heimo and his family was adventurous yet relatable and spoke to the wanderlust in me His story is incredibly interesting and held my attention during some hectic college time I give this book to many


  23. Campbell told a fascinating story to include much of the back history of Alaska I would have loved to follow in his footsteps but the extreme cold would have ousted me Very pleasant to read in the comfort of my heated home.


  24. We watch Heimo on his show The Last Alaskans that s how we learned about him We wanted to know This book answers a lot of the questions we had It s easy to read enjoyable I liked the fact that the author is a cousin of Heimo s.


  25. This book made me really appreciate a sustainable way of life It s sad that this type of lifestyle is so rare and disappearing.






  26. I read this almost a decade ago but it has stuck with me The author explains the Alaskan bush through a biography of an ordinary man living in it There was a great flow and it was hard to put down.


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