We were watching a PBS special a while back and got caught up in the Dick Proenneke story about his 35 years living alone in the Alaska wilderness. Long story short, we wound up buying the complete collection of 4 DVD's and the book. Only 2 of the DVD are worth watching, in my opinion. Alone in the Wilderness, and Alone in the Wilderness II. The others are mostly rehash. I like the book. I get things when I read that don't stick when I'm watching. Leads me to my question. They don't give much of a back story. The series just begins with him in Alaska. Can anyone tell me how it is that you can just wander out somewhere and build a cabin, and live there? Who owns the land? What are his legal rights and obligations. This was around 1967, so the Homesteading Act may come in to play, but I'm not sure. Can anyone explain how he was able to do this, and can it still be done today?