It’s a Rare Breed: Ultimate Alaska Survival

They are some the toughest, most extreme survivalists that Alaska has to offer. Going head to head, eight men of a rare breed are about to take the ultimate test of survival in Arctic conditions that only National Geographic could inspire. No tent, phone, watch or GPS. Three thousand miles across Alaska’s wild. This is hardcore. This is old school adventure. Now bring it on.

Starting this Sunday at 10 p.m., go off the grid with Ultimate Survival Alaska, an epic new series that follows these survival experts on a 10-leg expedition in the brutal and dangerous Alaska terrain. The opponents’ only goal is to make it out alive using just the gear they can carry in their packs.

Dropped in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness by bush plane, they have 72 hours to make their way to the finish point for that leg of the expedition. Using raw, mountain-man ingenuity, they’ll navigate through treacherous glaciated river valleys, barren ridgelines and high mountain peaks, battling hunger, hostile predators and perilous weather conditions along the way.

Says Willi, one of the eight explorers, “I’ve done so many big peaks on basically all the world’s continents. I’ve done six Everest expeditions. All of us that do this sort of thing. At some fundamental level, we’re not normal, well-adjusted, modern civilized human beings. We’re all throwbacks. Because modern life is not enough of a test for us.”

Navigating risky routes that traverse some of the most hostile territory on the planet, they’ll rely on hard survival skills passed down through generations. Like the original National Geographic explorers, for those who succeed there is no grand prize, just the well-fought pride of having conquered the grueling challenges that a beastly Mother Nature can throw at them.

Now, meet Alaska’s most formidable challengers:

Dallas SeaveyDallas Seavey, 26 years old: The youngest person to ever to win the Iditarod, a grueling thousand-mile race across the state of Alaska through some of the world’s toughest conditions.





Tyrell SeaveyTyrell Seavey, 28 years old: Like his brother Dallas, he hails from a legendary family, known by many as Alaskan royalty. He has run the Iditarod twice and won the Jr. Iditarod.





Marty RaneyMarty Raney, 56 years old: A veteran mountain guide who has led more than 20 expeditions on and around Denali, the highest peak in North America.





Matt RaneyMatt Raney, 30 years old: Marty’s son and an expert in survival. He helped build his family home with Marty with nothing but a chainsaw and the logs on their property.





Tyler Johnson Tyler Johnson, 36 years old: From exploring Kathmandu to climbing 27,000 feet with no oxygen in Nepal, Tyler is fearless.





Austin ManelickAustin Manelick, 24 years old: Since the age of 5, he has practiced subsistence hunting under the watchful eye of his Alaskan wilderness guide father.





Willi PrittieWilli Prittie, 57 years old: A professional mountain guide for almost 38 years, Willi is considered to be one of the leading climbing and logistical experts in the region.





Brent SassBrent Sass, 32 years old: He’s done six 1,000-mile dog sledding expeditions for the Yukon Quest, and has guided excursions through any and all of Alaska’s many landscapes.


  1. Russell Underwood
    Port Angeles, WA
    May 13, 2013, 3:27 pm

    I liked the program. Wish the writers and narrator knew the difference between grayling and arctic char (dolly varden).

  2. Loren Rupe
    Wasilla, AK
    May 15, 2013, 1:50 am

    I liked the show but either Willie is not really from Alaska or the writers are from California and just wrote in the part about needing to change course to go around the Wolves? Those Wolves would have been long gone by the time they got there!
    Wolves do not bother people and will keep plenty of distance, if you noticed they were already heading the other way when they saw Willies group coming.

  3. Jacqueline Lynch
    Roanoke, VA
    May 21, 2013, 12:05 am

    Dallas Seavey is the BEST! Can’t wait for the next episode!

  4. Martin Key
    Yulee Florida
    May 22, 2013, 2:26 pm

    What a GREAT show, you have put together. Real life experiences of each person while working with others to get the 3 day mission done. Thank You,,Thank You, for having this show. It shows the Real Alaska, The Beautiful Alaska, The Raw Alaska, Wild Alaska and how this team of explores has to approach each situation. I really hope you keep this show on. You have many other shows, that I watch, But this will be by far the best…..Thank you again

  5. Jill Legault
    Washington state
    June 8, 2013, 11:46 pm

    Finally! A show about real survival. I love the narration, beauty of Alaska and the real people! We appreciate this show. Thank you NatGeo.

  6. Jack
    June 18, 2013, 3:06 pm

    Actually the show is pretty bad for a survival show. And altho I respect most of the people there and what they are going thru, there is a problem. For one, it is way over produced as are most of these so called reality shows. As one person said before, at least know the dam fish and when you fall over in a boat don’t be walking upstream when everybody else is down stream. Marty is no more then/than a literate Neanderthal getting a paycheck. I am sorry for the rest of the people along with him. But they are getting a paycheck also.The show is a disappointment.

  7. Corinne
    June 24, 2013, 12:54 am

    how long do the men get between each leg of the adventures?

  8. Patman
    United States
    July 15, 2013, 2:42 am

    So Marty uses his 22 mag for Brown bear protection…..RIP if he ever had to use it.

  9. Arthur
    July 21, 2013, 1:24 am

    Ultimate Survival Alaska is a show with a simple objective:
    “…make it out alive using just the gear they can carry in their packs.” – National Geographic Channels

    So what did they carry?

  10. Sherry
    North Carolina
    July 24, 2013, 8:56 pm

    Love the show! Really like the brotherhood !

  11. Darren
    March 3, 2014, 3:24 pm

    Would love to know what pack JARED OGDEN carries. If it will hold up to what he put it thru then that’s what I need.??

  12. Flávia Bezerra
    March 31, 2014, 7:57 pm

    I love this show!!! Absolutely amazing!

  13. Barbara klima
    louis creek b.c. Canada
    June 30, 2014, 1:15 pm

    Great show nothing is perfect when it comes to wilderness survival and when you are always on the move so naysayers go outside and try to run through the wilderness see how far you get before collapsing.