Local Sightings 2018 – Arctic Daughter: A Lifetime of Wilderness

9/23/2018 | Northwest Film Forum

Film & Media Arts Capitol Hill/Central District

At the age of 22, Jean Aspen headed into the Alaskan wilderness with her first husband, Phil, sojourning above the Arctic circle with the purpose of living solely off the land. They spent a year with almost no other human contact, rushing to build a shelter out of found materials before the darkest days of winter descended and subsisting off berries and rations of dried salted meat. As daring as it may seem, this was a path Jean was born into – as the daughter of author-adventurer Connie Helmericks, Jean spent her earliest years in the arctic wilderness with her parents.


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