Starting with a plan to live for just one year alone in the Alaskan wilderness, Richard “Dick” Proenekke embarked on a journey that would last for almost thirty years. After retirement, Dick moved to the wilderness to test his hand at survival. After a year, he had built an entire cabin for himself and survived off of what he grew, hunted, and gathered. He returned home for a brief period to visit with family, but knew that his new home in the woods was where he belonged. So, he gathered a few essentials before returning to his new home in the woods for close to thirty more years. A lot can be learned from Dick as he survived off of his own actions directly.