Life in the Arctic is harsh. With freezing temperatures and dangerous threats from predators, every day is a struggle to survive. However, for Chip and Agnes Hailstone, family is the key to their existence.
Even with the rising pressures to gather enough food to last this family of eight all winter, hunting season is used as an opportunity for the family to get stronger as a unit. Last week on Life Below Zero, the Hailstones prepared for their annual caribou hunt.
However, this year the youngest girls will all be taking shots to bag their own kill. Chip and Agnes lead by example and teach their kids to learn from their mistakes and lean on each other’s strengths to get the most out of the hunt.
It’ll be a challenge–but a necessary one–as the kids get hands-on experience and get to learn their traditional values. For the Hailstones, it’s more than just surviving, it’s about enjoying the present and appreciating the past in order to be happy in the future.
Tell us! What inspires you about the way these folks live off-grid and on their own? What are your favorite family traditions? We’d love to hear from you.
Check out this clip of the Hailstones in action:
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