Nonfiction Books About Living Off the Grid in the Alaskan Wilderness

My Life in the Wilderness: An Alaskan's Story (2016)
by Robert L. Hilliker

Growing up in Michigan, Hilliker spent a lot of his time reading about the adventures and exploits of mountain men like Daniel Boone and Jim Bowie. Their tales produced in him the strongest desire to go out there and live the way they lived. So he set out for Alaska and fulfilled that dream. This book is an in-depth account of his life on the outdoors.

Call of the Wild: My Escape to Alaska
by Guy Grieve

Grieve is tired of life. He holds a desk job that he hates. He's struggling with a lot of debts. His life is clockwork. He sleeps, he wakes up, he eats, he goes to work, he goes home, he eats, he sleeps, and he repeats the same activities the next day. Desperate for a change, Grieve packs his bags, leaves his young family, and flies into the Alaskan wilderness. The goal is to see if he can live and survive in the Alaskan wilderness. Will this amateur outdoorsman make it out alive in a harsh environment teeming with both emptiness and predators? Honest and very straightforward, Call of the Wild: My Escape to Alaska will have you engaged from start to finish. Grieve's tales would make for a proper warning to ambitious individuals who plan on hitting the Alaskan wilderness without any outdoors experience or survival training.

Alaska's Wolf Man: The 1915-55 Wilderness Adventures of Frank Glaser (1998)
by Jim Rearden

If there's someone who can teach you everything you need to know about etching an existence from the Alaskan wilderness, it's Frank Glaser. This book is ripe and brimming with information about living outdoors in Alaska - hunting, weather, trapping, history, survival, tips, the people, Eskimos, etc. This book is like an encyclopedia of the Alaskan wilderness and the creatures that call it home. Alaska's Wolf Man is Into the Wild but this time the man who walked into the Alaskan wilderness became very successful in living off the land.

Into the Wild (1996)
by Jon Krakauer

No book has inspired more people to trek into the Alaskan wilderness than this classic book by Krakauer. It tells the story of Chris McCandless, a young man who turned his back on his family, gave away thousands of dollars in college funds, and then travelled across the United States. In his final trip, he headed into the Alaskan wilderness. Despite being unprepared and grossly inexperienced, McCandless still managed to survive in the wilderness for 113 days. His dead body was found by a hunter in an abandoned bus. Sean Penn adapted the book into a movie in 2007. It starred Emile Hirsch as McCandless. Into the Wild has its fair share of controversies. Craig Medred, an Alaskan journalist described Krakauer's accounts as "something invented". Some parts of the account may be questionable. The book is terrific, nonetheless.