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Surviving Alone in Alaska

Heimo Korth lives 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR.) He is the last man standing in 19 million acres of wilderness, with his nearest neighbor being more than 100 miles away. Medical care can only be provided by Army helicopter, weather permitting. Heimo and his family provide a true, rare example of the self-reliant life.

Thanks to VICE for the fantastic video on Heimo’s life. As Vice reports: “In 1980, Jimmy Carter established the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the Alaskan Interior, cutting off 19 million acres of prime boreal wilderness from the mitts of fur trappers, oil tycoons, and would-be lodge owners alike. Only six families of white settlers were grandfathered in and allowed to keep cabins in the refuge—of them, only one still stays there year-round living off the land. His name is Heimo Korth, and he is basically the Omega Man of Americas Final Frontier.”

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