Burning Up: Survive This

On this week’s season finale of Live Free or Die,” our favorite primitives are bringing the heat but are some nearing a burnout? Every day is a journey full of new obstacles and challenges that only the strongest of the strong can endure. No matter how hard it gets, they’ve got to give their best shot at survival. 

Check out some highlights from this week in the wild. How do you think you’d deal with a day in the life?

Can you survive this?

For Tony and Amelia, their livelihood counts on every inch of their acreage. It takes time to tame their mountain but they’re nearing the last bits of wild land, slashing and burning down the remainder for domestication. But the fire burns out of control and poses a threat to their homestead and neighborhood.

The key to Tony and Amelia’s survival is teamwork. 

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The couple gets it all under control, throwing buckets of water and shoveling dirt to contain the flames. It seems there’s nothing this dynamic duo can’t handle. While there are dangers that come with living off-the-grid, Tony and Amelia take survival as an ongoing process. With some much needed cleared up space, they build a shed to keep their collection of firewood dry for the months to come. The dynamic duo made a home for themselves, mastering necessary survival skills from every challenge that may arise.

What about this?

In the Colorado Rockies, Derik wakes up to find that his mischievous mules have gone loose and run away from the corral. It seems the uncooperative herd has been nothing but a pain and is getting on his last nerve. Derik heads into the countryside and anxiously traces their tracks, hoping to find his animals before any wild predator can cause them harm.

The key to Derik’s survival is awareness.

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Derik closely follows every little clue to trace down their tracks. Even with his heated frustrations, he remains focused and looks for any sign of movement in the grass and trees that can lead him down the right path. He finally finds them being held at a helpful neighbor’s home. Despite the struggle, Derik gets them back home safe and sound.

and this?

Woodsman Thorn is living out his life long dream by surviving on his own and feeling connected to nature. He loves the wild challenge and getting out of his comfort zone. But life in the Blue Ridge Mountains is not fit for many and Thorn can get lonely in constant solitude.

The key to Thorn’s survival is good company.

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He has found himself a nice lady friend that not only supports his wild life but embraces it. There is nothing better than getting to share his lifestyle with someone who can appreciate it for all it’s worth.

…or this?

In the Arizona desert, the heat is hitting hard and Tobias’s water source has dropped. While his makeshift well seemed to be a success, it’s only a matter of time before it’s completely dried out. Nature’s unpredictable course challenges Tobias to push his limits and continue on despite the difficulties.

The key to Tobias’ survival is determination.

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Even though it seems to be one lost battle after the other, Tobias isn’t giving up. He knew it was never going to easy, providing for himself in the wild, and is determined to take every hit with his head held high. Though this next step is bittersweet, he knows it’s unrealistic to stay in a place without a solid water source. Tobias packs only what he can carry and heads on out— it’s time to move on and find a new place to call home.

Do you think you have what it takes to live free? How would you survive in the wild? What is your key to life? Comment below! We’d love to hear from you!


  1. Peter
    November 18, 2015, 5:44 pm

    How can this Channel allow Derik to commonly use the Lord’s name in vain without bleeping it out, when any other cuss words are bleeped out. I love this show but refuse to watch Discovery Channel ever again until they start bleeping out Derik’s comments about our Lord. Either clean up the show, clean up Derik’s comments or shut down the show, otherwise, many Christian based people will simply stop watching the show.

  2. Michael
    November 19, 2015, 11:41 pm

    The first time I saw this show I thought Amelia was pretty cute..tough but cute. I’ve watched 6-8 episodes now and have noticed that she’s still wearing the same yellow dress that makes her look a lot like Alice in Wonderland. Does she own another outfit? Sure would like to see a change. Hope she keeps it clean by washing it every few days anyway

  3. Honsell Thompson
    Atlanta, GA
    February 19, 2:25 pm

    On one episode, Amelia and hubby drive hours to the coast, wasting all that gas to go boil sea water to obtain 10lbs of sea salt from the ocean. All that money in gas In that full sized Dodge pickup could have purchased the sea salt and then some, their deer wouldn’t have risked spoiling and hubby wouldn’t have had to be removed fatom his comfort zone.