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

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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 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 their 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 undreamed by most of us: amid encroaching environmental pressures, apart from the herd, and alone in a stunning wilderness that for now, at least, remains the final frontier.
 

About James Campbell

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JAMES CAMPBELL is the author of The Final Frontiersman and The Ghost Mountain Boys. He has written for Outside magazine and many other publications.
 
Published November 1, 2007 by Atria Books. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nature & Wildlife, Parenting & Relationships, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Travel, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Mentored by an older trapper and by native Alaskans who taught him wilderness skills, Heimo gradually began to make a living selling the pelts of wolves, martens, wolverines, and other animals he trapped.

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Campbell artfully details a number of visits he makes to the Korth family in 2002, as he accompanies Korth on hunting and trapping expeditions that make him—and the reader—feel "transported straight back into the 19th century."

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The discomfort and difficulties that Campbell endured to capture an authentic depiction of the trapping lifestyle pales in comparison to the daily challenges – emotional and physical - that the Korth family faces in order to maintain their lifestyle.

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Meet Heimo Korth – a rare specimen of a man.

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