For the Arctic residents of Life Below Zero, complacency is not an option. Lack of preparedness means certain death. The stakes are high living on the outskirts of humanity, and for many in the lower 48, life can be pretty sedentary, pretty comfy and cozy… until now! [Cue Life Below Zero Weekly Challenges].
When Andy Bassich came to Eagle, Alaska in his twenties, there was a whole network of young people living out there with him. But today, they’re all gone. “We’re a dying breed, we’re an endangered species, and we need young people to come out,” Andy says. He feels that today’s youth are losing the ability to develop the fundamental skills of human existence, and credits the computer age to shortening attention spans. To really learn a skill, he says, you have to dedicate time to it.
Andy and Kate are determined to teach the next generation how to survive in the bush, and tonight on Life Below Zero, they bring on a young apprentice, Cody Allen. From Oregon, primarily working in the construction and food industries, Cody was eager to escape the daily grind and learn a new way of living. But first, he must learn the basics. His first lesson? Master the essential tools for survival.
For this week’s Life Below Zero Challenge, we’re asking you to dedicate time to learn a new survival skill. Whether you want to learn how to start a fire like Cody with birch bark and a match, or maybe you finally want to crack open that tent you bought on clearance–this week, take one step toward self-reliance and learn a new skill.
Tell us! What inspires you about the way these folks live off-grid and on their own? Think you can try giving up some of life’s little luxuries and live a sliver of the Arctic lifestyle? Let us know if you are going to partake in the weekly challenges, and share your stories and experiences. We’d love to hear from you.
Don’t miss new episodes of Life Below Zero, Thursdays at 9P… and be sure to come back next week for challenge #6!