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James Campbell
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The Final Frontiersman

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The story of a man, Heimo Korth, who moves to the wilderness, learns what it takes for him to succeed there with his family.

The starkness and depth of the description are the foundation for the honesty of story.
Published 2004 by Atria
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Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: desert-island
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 su
J.K. Grice
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.
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 le ...more
Jun 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 t
Brendan Monroe
The pursuit of the West has always loomed large in the minds of Americans. The West is an ideal, largely unattainable because it exists more 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
April Jones
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jan 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 wi
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 usuall ...more
Jul 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Cushmant Cushman
interesting way of life, would have given it four stars but too much about government, I liked it though a lot
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ther ...more
Cynthia Warren
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a ...more
Bob McCormick
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 g ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. We ...more
Catherine Byers
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gemma Sparrow
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.
Kevin Wolfenberger
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 more on the Alaskan backdrop than its central characters.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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.
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kathy-s-shelf
We watch Heimo on his show "The Last Alaskans" & that's how we learned about him. We wanted to know more. 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.
Tamara H
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, 2017
This book made me really appreciate a sustainable way of life. It's sad that this type of lifestyle is so rare and disappearing.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well told story of life in remote Alaska.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm no "Outdoorsman" by a stretch, but I really enjoyed this book.
Karen Rubin
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guess I am a sucker for the real thing. Much better than fiction!
Fascinating, but long. it could also have been arranged better....the content.
Derrick Feinman
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Pam Taylor
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read

A must read fir anyone interested in learning about life in the bush of Alaska. A strong family for sure. Very enjoyable story
Nanci Robertson
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bios-memoirs
Amazing bio about a man raising his family in the artic hundreds of miles from 'civilization'!
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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 Amazon in 2004 as the #1 Outdoor title of the Year and one ...more
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