Want to Know Who Won Ultimate Survival Alaska? A Fight to the Finish Recap

As the eleventh leg of Ultimate Survival Alaska wraps, the three remaining teams are still fighting to be the winner. The score is tied up and the teams are giving it all they’ve got. They will all battle 20 miles of deadly white water rapids to reach the Cook Inlet where they will paddle kayaks across 15 miles of open ocean. Their final feat will be to climb Mt. Augustine, a 4,000 foot volcano. Whoever makes it first takes the title.

Spoiler Alert!! If you want to wait to find out who won Ultimate Survival Alaska, stop reading now!

The Mountaineers are in last place, but as Team Alaska and with native experience, they are confident they can catch up. Meanwhile, Military and Endurance are neck and neck racing down the river. When the river splits, the teams have to make a quick decision, though. With no way to know which is the easier or the faster route, Military goes right and Endurance goes left.

Military is in first place and has chosen the route that they think is the safest, but in minutes, they are in class three rapids. Grady flips his pack raft, forcing Jared to pull off the river and look for his teammate. Endurance, however, is having a smooth fast ride.

Mountaineers also choose to go right and are soon facing the same perilous rapids. The team makes it through, but spots Grady hanging from a log the side of the river, trying to keep his head above the water. Mountaineers quickly mobilize to give him a hand. Tyler paddles over and drags him out of the water. Grady is in stage one hypothermia and they have to build a fire and warm him up. Jared is a quarter mile down the stream and is relieved to catch up with his teammate. The two teams are now tied for last, but at least their debts are even. (It wasn’t that long ago that Military rescued Tyler!)

Endurance, in first, has time to spare and pauses to catch salmon and pack on some protein before the ocean crossing and the climb. In second now, The Mountaineers are also fueling up on fish. Exhausted, the Military immediately hit the sack and rest up.

On the final day, with 11 hours left, everyone shifts into high gear. Endurance is the first to get the sea kayaks, followed by the Mountaineers. Military is less than thrilled to be there last, but after three hours of paddling, they close in on the other two teams. All three teams are going to hit the shore at the same the time.

It’s a heated race to the shore!

At the shore, the teams ditch everything they don’t need on this final hike. They also size up their strengths and weaknesses. Endurance knows that Eddie is their weakest link, but they are ready to give him all the support he will need. Eddie makes the amazing confession that five years ago he weighed 320 pounds. That may be true, but if he could overcome that hurdle in order to participate in this incredible race, surely he won’t fail his team.

Marty admits that his age makes him the Mountaineers’ weakest link, but he will use his mountain climbing skills to their best advantage. Military and Endurance take a more gradual climb up while the Mountaineers take a direct and much steeper route.

Military is quickly losing the lead to their biggest rivals, Endurance, but will Eddie be able to keep up their pace? Moutaineers are making good time as well with Marty feeling confident. They surge into the lead in their direct route, but the hike is getting more treacherous. Then they hit a disappointing setback. Marty’s knee gives out and the guys know that their focus is now going to be not to win, but to finish.

Endurance and Military are still in a dead heat, but Military doesn’t have the energy of their well-fed rivals. Eddie is keeping a steady pace as everyone makes the final push to the end. Hiking into the clouds and reaching the peak, Endurance reaches the LZ first, taking the win as the Ultimate Alaskan Survivors.

Top of the World!!  ENDURANCE WINS!
Top of the World!!

The celebration doesn’t end with Endurance though. Military is fast behind and the Mountaineers are proud to finish. In the end, everyone is a survivor and a winner. It was an astounding competition and they all may be rivals, but they are also now best of friends. (Although Military wants a rematch!)


  1. Dotty
    March 11, 2014, 5:43 pm

    What a great show! I wanted Endurance to win, but all of them are amazing. What a year for Dallas, also winning the Iditarod.

  2. Gary
    March 12, 2014, 8:54 pm

    Dotty you know the entire show was staged right?

  3. Phyllis
    March 22, 2014, 6:02 pm

    Love the show. Military was who I was for, but happy for the Endurance Team.

  4. cyndi
    July 20, 2014, 6:31 pm

    Endurance team didn’t stop to help. Thought of only themselves. Military team won as far as I’m concerned, with 2man team no less!! Marty and his team makes it worth watching!!

  5. Tena
    Las Vegas, NV
    July 21, 2014, 1:03 am

    I was sold on Military when they put the race on hold
    To find Tyler. That’s our guys in uniform. How
    could I not cheer them on?
    Endurance was my second choice. Mountaineer’s
    Tyler got on my nerves; the man just takes too
    many stupid risk. Drove me nuts!
    I will watch next season. I can’t wait.
    I love watching the scenery, as well.

  6. Bo
    oconto wisconsim
    August 20, 2014, 1:05 pm

    Eventhough military didnt win i felt they deserved to since they rescued tyler and ended up losing one of their nain memebers in their tean

  7. gerald ndhlovu
    protea glen ,soweto south africa
    September 17, 2014, 2:28 pm

    Endurance ,the mountaineers ,the military and the woods man were all great it was so great watching all of them,really enjoyed each and every one – the military couldn’t they lost their colleague they would have won it easily the mountaineers I think they had the greatest chances of all but these guys relaxed too much shooting fish in a boat this guy can risky it but it was great fun watching them though -wow the endurance unbelievable from two down to win it well thats really endurance

  8. Joandro Peligro
    October 18, 2014, 7:49 am

    Endurance makes it happen, from 2 to win..Military and Mountaineers are also winners for me…Great job juys, great show..can’t wait for season 2..gud luck

  9. Donny Nier
    Dapa Siargao Island Philippines
    October 20, 2014, 10:52 am

    I couldn’t believe that Endurance athletes will be able to make it to be winner. They are of course my bet. At the start I lost hope because other team leads in winning. But they are able to tied up with the standings as in winning 3 wins and at the last, they are the winner. Congratulation boys!:-)

  10. Vin Garbida
    October 22, 2014, 2:40 am

    I choose military too,because they prove that life is more important than the price.I salute military!!!

  11. Lesley
    November 29, 2014, 10:57 pm

    Does anyone know when the next season starts?

  12. Carol
    northern California
    March 26, 2015, 4:22 pm

    Um…what happened to the Lower 48? Did they have a name change? Was I hallucinating?

  13. carol
    Toronto Canada
    April 19, 2015, 11:56 pm

    I wanted to see the underdogs Lower 48 win
    after that moron left. Congratulations to Endurance!!