Synopses & Reviews
The inspiration for andlt;iandgt;The Last Alaskansandlt;/iandgt;and#8212;the eight-part documentary series on Animal Planet! Called and#8220;[one of] the greatest life-or-death-tales ever toldand#8221; (andlt;iandgt;Esquireandlt;/iandgt;), James Campbelland#8217;s inimitable insider account of a familyand#8217;s nomadic life in the unshaped Arctic wilderness and#8220;is an icily gripping, intimate profile that stands up well beside Krakauerand#8217;s classic [andlt;iandgt;Into the Wildandlt;/iandgt;], and it stands too, as a kind of testament to the rough beauty of improbably wild dreamsand#8221; (andlt;iandgt;Menand#8217;s Journalandlt;/iandgt;).andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 civilizationand#8212;a sustainable, nomadic life bounded by the migrating caribou, the dangers of swollen rivers, and by the very exigencies of daily existence.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;In andlt;iandgt;The Final Frontiersmanandlt;/iandgt;, Heimoand#8217;s cousin James Campbell chronicles the Korth familyand#8217;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 Heimoand#8217;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 44and#176; below zeroand#8212;all the while cultivating the hard-learned survival skills that stand between them and a terrible fate.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Awe-inspiring and memorable, andlt;iandgt;The Final Frontiersmanandlt;/iandgt; 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.
Now in paperback, in the bestselling tradition of "Into the Wild" comes a compelling and intimate look at how Heimo Korth and his family are able to thrive in the remote and frozen outreaches of Alaska.
Hundreds of hardy people have tried to carve out a living in the Alaskan bush, but few have succeeded as consistently as Heimo Korth. In The Final Frontiersman, Heimo's cousin James Campbell chronicles Korth's amazing life and adventures, creating a powerful, real-life epic of triumph and tragedy. Campbell spent two years witnessing firsthand the Korth family: Heimo, his wife Edna and their teenage daughters Rhonda and Krin. With impressive detail, the author recounts an everyday existence shaped by a harsh and unforgiving country. In their efforts to preserve the ecology of the land, the Korths lead a nomadic life, waiting patiently for the odd small plane to bring supplies and cultivating hard-earned hunting skills that are all that stand between them and lingering death. By turns inspiring and downright jolting, THE FINAL FRONTIERSMAN reads like a rustic version of the American Dream, in which the physical barriers of a stunning wilderness are no obstacle to forging a life outside of the mainstream.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;James Campbellandlt;Bandgt; has written for andlt;Iandgt;National Geographic Adventure, Outside,andlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Men's Journal,andlt;/Iandgt; among other publications. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two daughters. This is his first book.