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

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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 ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Atria Books (first published 2004)
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Amber
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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.
Becky
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
Jen
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
Dwight
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
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Ronald
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
John
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
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Rachel
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
John
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
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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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“I settled into a rhythm—teaching the kids, tending the garden, canning, checking the fishnets, raising rabbits, hauling wood. All of that gave great purpose to my life.” 0 likes
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