Life Below Zero Wisdom: Only The Strong Survive

For many Alaskans living in the Arctic wilderness, the physical toils of living off the land come second to the mental struggle of survival. Facing a life of isolation, darkness and cold, only the strongest make it through. On the season premiere of Life Below Zero, five groups of Alaskans overcome challenges in the wild and in their mind to thrive in the wilderness, even when freeze takes hold.

However, even Life Below Zero’s strongest Alaskans struggle with fear and exhaustion. Six years ago, a grizzly attack nearly took Sue Aikens‘ life. Bears are a near-constant threat in the wilderness, and with winter approaching, the savage animals have returned to harass Sue’s Kavik camp. While a life-threatening attack would send many people running back to civilization, Sue knows she must conquer her fears and protect her turf. She heads into the tundra, armed and ready to reclaim her territory.

For other Alaskan survivalists, their responsibilities extend beyond just taking care of themselves. With a team of sled dogs to feed, Andy and Kate must haul their cumbersome custom-made fish wheel into the river, hoping to catch enough fish to feed their dogs for the year. In Noorvik, a late freeze is disrupting Chip and Agnes Hailstone’s whitefishing. The whitefish only migrate for three weeks, and if the ice forms too quickly, all the work of the Hailstone family will be in vain.

Erik‘s mission is one of the most mentally grueling, traveling to the remote Kodiak Island to hunt for a winter’s worth of meat. With a difficult journey and bad weather threatening to scrap his mission, he chases his prey of black tail deer across the tundra, racing bears and darkness for survival.

For more wisdom from Life Below Zero‘s brave Alaskans, don’t miss the season premiere on Thursday at 9P.


  1. Jan
    April 15, 2014, 5:57 pm

    PLEASE, PLEASE Nat Geo…remove Sue from this show…If I hear her talking about being part of the food chain and some wild animal after her all the time, I am going to go crazy…she is scared of her own shadow…if she is so scared, why is she even there at all and why is she even on this show?? No one else on any of these shows about Alaska and living there, talks about being so afraid of every wild animal that exists there…I am positive beyond the shadow of a doubt, that it is extremely hard to live there…however, it takes away from the show and the other cast members when she is talking about being part of the food chain constantly. Shut up, Sue and go live in Florida or some other place!! Please!!

  2. sheila
    April 17, 2014, 11:04 pm

    I disagree totally Jan. I bet you wouldnt last a week, living like Sue does. Not to many women I know that would go bear hunting after being attacked and ripped up by a bear. Think about it, there are more predators than people in her world. I have a lot of respect for Sue, and the rest of the cast. Love the show, would love to visit Sue.

  3. kathy
    April 18, 2014, 7:07 am

    Don’t like the show? Don’t watch it. We love it…Sue is what makes it. You go Sue..

  4. scott
    April 23, 2014, 2:16 pm

    Sue is portrayed as a bit skittish and melodramatic…perhaps for good reason…although I imagine someone editing the show has decided to portray her that way for better TV viewing…I give her the benefit of doubt considering where she has chosen to live.

    Erik appears to be at peace with his choices and in harmony with his environment.