Five legs in, and the Ultimate Survival Alaska competitors are hanging on for dear life. On this week’s challenge, teams are inserted into a remote river valley to traverse twenty miles of thick brush and rocky terrain, descend to the shores of iceberg-filled Spencer Lake, navigate past a massive glacier and climb two thousand feet to the LZ.…

Welcome to Alaska’s Six Mile Creek. And don’t let the “creek” part fool you; the stream is one of Alaska’s most dangerous waterways, a ruthless gauntlet of rocks and whitewater. On leg four of Ultimate Survival Alaska, the four teams must choose whether to brave Six Mile Creek or traverse a grueling mountain pass. Then,…

From thawing ice to near-vertical mountain slopes, this season of Ultimate Survival Alaska has stretched the competitors to their limits. But Episode 3 gives each team a chance to shine, with a challenge that takes them through 2,000 feet of snowy ridges, bush-covered slopes and chilly swamps to reach the landing zone at Talachulitna Lake, with an…

If you’re racing across Alaska, you better know how to ski. That’s a lesson the four Ultimate Survival Alaska teams learn the hard way when they’re dropped at the top of a nearly-vertical, 7000-foot mountain teams and handed skies, snowboards and climbing rope. The mission for Endurance, Military, Alaskans and Lower 48 is simple: descend the…

The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of 22 volcanic islands 600 miles off the western coast of Ecuador. They are best known for their unique flora and fauna, including the Galápagos tortoise, which the islands are named after (galápago is the Spanish word for tortoise). In addition to its impressive size, this tortoise also has…

Welcome back to Alaska. Ultimate Survival Alaska returns for a third season of competition and survival, challenging four teams of the world’s toughest outdoorsmen in a head-to-head race across America’s most unforgiving terrain. The rules are the same: four teams racing to complete each leg from start to finish in only 60 hours, using nothing but the gear in…

As you may guess from their name, Team Lower 48 represent the lower 48 states. The rookie team may have cut their teeth elsewhere from the Northern wilderness, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be fierce competitors. The oldest of the group, legendary mountain climber James Sweeney, brings decades of experience from scaling the world’s highest…

The reigning champions of Ultimate Survival Alaska return, hoping to claim the prize for the second year in a row. Once again at the helm of Team Endurance, veteran champion Dallas Seavey leads his new teammates who, while new to the competition, are far from rookies when it comes to cold-weather survival. But Dallas will need more than…

After narrowly losing to Team Endurance last year, Team Military is out for revenge. With their eyes on the prize, two Ultimate Survival Alaska veterans, former Green Beret Grady Powell and former Navy SEAL Jared Ogden, lead season newbie Daniel Dean, a former Marine scout sniper, in their quest to capture the prize for good this…

For Team Alaskans, trekking across the backcountry is what they do. These savvy mountain veterans are in their element at high elevations and treacherous terrain. Armed with ice axes and climbing ropes, the highest peaks can’t keep these expert climbers from flourishing in their environment, seeking out direct routes to win challenges as fast as they can.…

As largest city and capital of Hungary, Budapest has been cited as the “most beautiful city in Europe” by both Time Magazine and The New York Times. And while it contains the typical European beauty marks—castles, churches, and parks— it has a few unique landmarks that make it different from any other city. The Széchenyi Medicinal…

As the popular saying “when in Rome” goes, eating and drinking like the locals do is the only way to experience this ancient city. A place with thousands of years of culture, world-renowned cuisine, iconic architecture, and a historic Christian pilgrimage site, Rome seems to have it all. Each cultural era—medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassicism—have left…

Salzburg is surrounded by the Alpine mountains and the country’s highest peaks are along its border. Hiking and skiing are popular activities enjoyed by both locals and tourists and cable-car rides that give patrons a birds-eye view of the valleys below is also a very popular activity. Salzburg is home to variety of tourist eye-candy—Salzburg…

The Mamanuca Islands of Fiji are an archipelago of about 20 islands. Although maybe Chuck Noland and Wilson the volleyball might disagree (the movie Castaway was filmed on one of the islands), the islands are, quite literally, heaven on earth. Similar to Hawai’i, the volcanic islands are home to pristine waters, unique flora and fauna…

The first season of Live Free or Die comes to an end tonight, and with it concludes the cast’s bizarre DIY crafts and interesting diets. And though the show’s producers dedicated plenty of screen time to the beliefs and ideological motivations of each “back-to-nature” subject, the show really shone when the cast members put their…

Everyone knows the distinctive seashell-like structure of the Sydney Opera House as the icon of Australia’s capital. Since it’s opening in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is one of Australia’s greatest tourist attractions and a celebrated hub of music and culture. Overlooking the Sydney harbor, this architectural masterpiece took 16 years to build, with 4 years alone dedicated…

Working hard. Playing hard. So many of us, especially adolescents are “Sleepless in America”, exhausted before the alarm even rings. And guess what? There is a hot debate brewing over whether or not something can be done about it, starting with our school systems. Read on for thoughts on the ongoing debate from from health,…

The Batu Caves of Kuala Lumpur are a popular destination for both tourists and worshipers alike. Outside of the caves stands a 140-ft statue of Lord Murugan, the Hindu God of War, who is said to vanquish demons with his lance. The annual Thaipusam Festival, which brings thousands of Hindu worshipers who pierce their bodies…

Though the cast of Live Free Or Die are positioned as back-to-nature technophobes, they’re also children of modern society who know precisely when to take ethical shortcuts that don’t compromise their values too much. Put another way, they’ll use technology if there is no reliable workaround. Colbert occasionally drives a truck; he also has a hunting rife in…

Written by Alex Mazzarisi Located in the heart of Prague, Old Town Prague or Staroměstské náměstí as the locals call it, is an ancient settlement, founded in the 12th century. Once the hub of medieval market activity, the square is now home to  historical monuments and tourist attractions including Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock,…

It takes a level of fearlessness to get up off the couch and voluntarily forfeit the comforts of modern life for a semi-primitive existence. Naturally, the cast of Live Free Or Die are an adventuresome, thick-skinned bunch. Whether out of nature or necessity, the show’s subjects haven’t shied away from the disgusting and the dangerous,…

Leave it to other shows for titular metaphor and wit: Live Free Or Die is meant to be taken literally. Sure, the show is a window into expert DIY craft-making and life with minimal bathing, but there’s one primarily occupation that takes up the majority of the show’s run-time: finding food. Other interesting pursuits (like tool and…

You, along with 100 percent of the other people who clicked on this article, are currently using an electronic device. So its safe to say that a life without modern technological luxuries would be quite a shock to most of my readers here, as well as those who watch Live Free Or Die, Nat Geo’s…

As we pointed out last week, Life Free or Die is more or less a show about the cool crafts, structures and appliances you can build without the need for such modern luxuries as electronic power tools and handymen. Tonight’s episode delivers on the promise of household appliances reborn sans-tech: in the opening sequence, outdoorsman Gabe…

Beyond it’s status as platform for the strange diets, habits and lifestyles of a select few back-to-nature Americans, Live Free or Die is also inadvertently one of the most interesting craft-making shows on television. Each week, virtually every cast member demonstrates a new way of replacing modern structures and tools with primitive and recycled alternatives –…