Life Below Zero Challenge #12: Say Hello to Nature

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].

As far as Glenn Villeneuve is concerned, “People are becoming separated from nature more and more. But the way of nature is for life to consume life. It’s a continuous cycle that happens everyday here. And I’m part of that cycle.”

In this special clip, Glenn discusses how the cyclical nature of life impacts his perception of time. As you’ll see, the concept of time is experienced a bit differently by those living in rural Alaska.

Glenn is clearly on to something. So much of our life is spent indoors in the lower 48; whether in our homes, cars, or places of work–climate-control is the standard. But as we create our own controlled environments, we become less connected to nature.

And that’s what makes unplugging and reconnecting with the great outdoors so wonderful. For the final installment of the Life Below Zero weekly challenges, we’re making it simple: Get outside! Reconnect with nature and the cycle of life that inspires Glenn and all of the arctic residents.

The season of Life Below Zero may be over, but it’s never too late to take the weekly challenges! Check out past week’s challenges here and be sure to share your experience and your stories.

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.


  1. bernadette mcdaniel
    United States
    July 12, 2014, 1:24 pm

    when is the next season? i love the show. the way they make due with what they have, Sue and her dog and fox, does she bring them in ? when its really cold? and what about the other dogs, that belong to Andy and Kate how do they take care of them? Where’s Erik? Chip and Agnes they are so good together,and their children are very talented.

  2. jodig
    July 19, 2014, 3:57 pm

    Sue , you are amazing…I am also in my 50’s and am from a large town in Calif. and moved to a small town in the midwest about 7 years ago.. Things are frequently hard to get or hard to find..but I can drive 2 hours and get the item or have it sent…I thought and think I am roughing it ….Your story and life gives me the resolve to stop complaining about not having overnight mail or a variety of stores to go to..OR someone to fix things .The grocery store is about 30 minutes a way …..and it frustrates me at times when I need one thing….I love how you do with what you have and take it in stride.. You inspire me and help me be greatfull for having a nature all around me..

  3. vincent freda
    goshen ny
    September 3, 2014, 5:13 pm

    what a frustrating show to watch. i know that failing to get something from hunting is reality but this is just to much. we get the point. i cant watch something that aggravates me. show more success.

  4. Jay
    February 13, 2015, 2:15 am

    I love this show, but it makes me kinda sad too. I lived out in Dutch Harbor from 1990 to 92 then in Skagway for a season. Came back down south for a couple of years and ended up in Seattle in 95. As I was settling in to make my mark as a chef in a foodie town, I got a call from one of the Hotel managers I worked for in Dutch. He had taken over a nice sized resort out by Katmai on the peninsula, and he wanted me to come to work for him. I had spent the previous 2 years looking for just such a gig, but had given up out of frustration to make my mark in Seattle. I foolishly turned him down, thinking my mission in Seattle to be more important ( I had made several commitments to good friends, hard to leave them hanging). 20 years later, he’s still running a beautiful resort, and, while I certainly enjoyed my time in Seattle before I blew out my back, when I watch this show I can’t help but think that I would have ended up in a similar situation as the people on this show. Alaska is an amazing place, and I have wanted to return since the day I left. I imagine I would work the season at the resort and would then have spent the winter in a remote cabin I would have purchased by being a resident. It’s a very bitter pill to swallow, knowing I could have had such a different life, especially when so many of the people I worked and lived with while I was up there have returned themselves. If I can get my back to return to a functional state, I’m going back, if only to live a few years on my terms. Like most of the folks on this show have stated, I would be glad to expire there, doing what I love in a place I love. A few good years of quality life over a life of doctors and pills, that’s a trade I would make any day. There’s that thoroughly annoying saying ” hindsight is 20/20″, well, screw that. I kick something every time I think I could have made the better decision. My friends would have gotten by without me, I should have gone. If you take anything from this entry, Live for yourself, do what makes you happy, follow your dreams. If you don’t take care of yourself, you’re not much good to anyone else. It’s better to regret something you did than something you didn’t do. Even if it’s not living in remote Alaska, go do it while you can. It only gets tougher the older you get, and the more attachments you make and all the crap you acquire only weighs you down in the end. Just go and do it. Make You Happy, not everyone else.