While activities like camping, hunting, and fishing are largely considered as things one can do occasionally, to someone like Heimo Korth and his family, it is their life, their source of joy and living. Korth is known for his extreme lifestyle. Tragic events that may put many off are often considered as a source of inspiration for the weird man who prefers to live his life in isolation and away from civilization.
Despite keeping away from all forms of modernity, Heimo and his family came to the limelight following the release of a book The Final Frontiersman that chronicles his life and activities in Alaska arctic wilderness. Get to know more about the celebrated godfather below.
Who is Heimo Korth?
Heimo Korth is an American outdoorsman best known for his hunting, trapping and fishing activities around the Coleen River above the Arctic Circle. The celebrated godfather of the final frontier caught the attention of the public after the release of James Campbell’s book titled The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska’s Arctic Wilderness in 2004. It was followed by the movie, Surviving Alone in Alaska which focused on the Korths lifestyle. The family is also featured in the reality TV series The Last Alaskans that premiered on May 25, 2015.
Heimo Korth – Biography, Age
Heimo was born on April 17, 1955, to his parents Irene and Erich Korth. Information about his childhood and education is not yet known. However, it is known that he holds an American nationality and his ethnicity is white. There is also no information about how and when he moved to Alaska but according to sources, Korth moved to the northwest of Canada in a bid to escape his abusive father. Before migrating into the Alaska mountains, Korth lived and worked in Wisconsin as a welder. He later moved with his family to live around the Coleen River of 233 kilometres long south of the Brooks Range.
The nomadic lifestyle of Heimo Korth and his family gained public interest after James Cambel wrote about them in his book that was published in 2004. The book which has it’s setting in Alaska chronicles Korth’s hunting and trapping activities with the St Lawrence Island Eskimos. More about him was revealed to the public in 2009, in a popular documentary dubbed Surviving Alone in Alaska which was produced and aired by VBS TV. This is, however, not the first time he appeared on TV. His first appearance on the public screen was in 1992, in the PBS-aired national geographic documentary film dubbed Braving Alaska. The documentary, like others, examined the lifestyles of four families living in a world of their own.
A replica of the film could be seen in the 2015 documentary film, The Last Alaskans, which aired on both Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. The eight-part documentary series gives an inimitable profile of Korth’s life in the unshaped Arctic wilderness, the kind that matches well with the American award-winning biographical survival film, Into the Wild. Korth’s family was featured along with three other families.
Abandoning his blue-collar job to live in the mountains with his family is quite a weird way to begin one’s career but the outdoorsman seems to have achieved quite a lot from his nomadic life. His family practically relied on fishing and hunting to make a living but their recent appearance in shows and discovery films played a good role in their rise to fame. Korth’s net worth according to various sources is about $1 million. He generated much of this whopping amount from his appearance in the Discovery channel’s documentary about his family.
Heimo is among the seven trappers with a permit to live in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
His Spouse, Daughter
Heimo is married to his wife Edna who he met while practising how to hunt with the Yupik Eskimo, in St. Lawrence Island. The two fell in love and got married. Before their marriage, Edna had a daughter named Melinda (Millie) from her previous marriage.
Heimo and Edna as a couple welcomed their first child on May 29, 1982, and she was named Coleen Korth. Coleen was named after the Coleen River. Unfortunately, the little girl was involved in a canoeing river accident which took her life when she was just two years old. Worst of it all was that her body was never discovered even after a long search. The death of the young girl had a huge effect on the couple. It even influenced their decision to remain in the wilderness despite the pressure from their children to leave.
After Coleen’s passing, Edna had two other beautiful daughters named Rhonda and Krin. Krin, the youngest of the three children is a firefighter. She is married to a Marine named Scott. Millie is also a married woman. She is married to her husband Don and they have three children together.