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Its been over a month since I left the Djuma & Arathusa Game Reserves in Sabi Sands, South Africa. Wild Safari LIVE was an incredible experience for me and reflecting on it over the past month has allowed me to understand how many different people we connected with. All backgrounds, in all different stages of life…

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…

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.…

One of the toughest competitions in the world is back for round three as 12 of the world’s toughest outdoorsmen face off against each other, Mother Nature, and their own will to survive. This fight to the finish isn’t about money or a prize, it’s about pushing the limits of human endurance. It’s a dangerous…

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…

The Alaskans on Life Below Zero lead very different lives. Sue Aikens keeps her Kavik camp alive, the Hailstones help their family thrive, and Glenn lives to scavenge in the wild. But on the season finale of Life Below Zero, the survivalists all share one common goal – thwart the land’s predators, or turn into…

Arctic Wisdom: End Times

Even for the pros, survival is precarious in Alaska’s wilderness. From dodging mountains of snow to adapting to climate change, life is never easy for the Alaskans on Life Below Zero. And with just two episodes left in the season, the Arctic survivalists are battling to make it through the winter. The ever-resilient Sue Aikens vanquishes obstacle…

“If you have to abandon ship, you need a lifeboat.” – Glenn Villenueve Several episodes ago, Glenn Villenueve returned to his camp in the Brooks Range. Glenn’s life at 65 miles north of the Arctic Circle is completely isolated from civilization, and if a bear attacks his cabin, he’s on his own. A nature purist dedicated…

Over-hunting and fishing often puts ecologists and hunters and chefs at odds. But there is one increasingly less rare occasion when these groups team up: the introduction of an invasive species. In last night’s episode of “The Savage Line,” animal guard Cory Valdes tracks a wild boar, one of many non-native boars that roams the…

Could you spend four-fifths of your year in total isolation? Go over nine months without interacting with a single other soul? If there’s anyone who can persevere through long stretches of solitary confinement on the tundra of Alaska, it’s Sue Aikens. But there’s something that Sue values more than companionship and human interaction – her…

“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast, cosmic arena.” – Carl Sagan Over the past thirteen weeks, COSMOS has taken viewers on a journey though space and time, reaching back into history to revisit historical figures and revive lessons that can inform our understanding of the universe. Tonight, the journey ends with…

With the harvesting season almost finished, the groups got desperate in last night’s episode of “Filthy Riches.” As the impending weather begins to encroach on their paychecks, everyone’s agitated, and the only way out of it is to fight, pray and swear. Here were the five filthiest moments from the last episode: 1. Mud Fight!…

On the penultimate episode of this season’s Filthy Riches, each group shows how their jobs can be not just dirty, but downright dangerous. Two teams go unintentionally off-roading, heavy equipment snaps and sends cargo tumbling and Al’s durable, undefeated truck finally meets its match. 1. Zipline Catastrophe With heavy objects and few options to move…

Venus may be our planet’s closest neighbor in the solar system, but its atmosphere seems world away from Earth’s oceans, ice caps and greenery. Where our world hosts an ecosystem that supports all kinds of life, Venus is a gaseous wasteland, its oceans long gone and its surface hotter than an open fire.  However, as…

Summertime is here, and many Americans are going out on boats or casting off the side of piers to nab a bigger and better catch than last year. But while seasonal anglers may prefer the warmer months, others won’t be stopped by winter weather or freezing lakes. This Friday, catch the premiere of the all-new…

Sue Aikens embodies resilience. The sole resident of Kavik, Alaska, Sue run a camp by herself and lives a completely self-sufficient life. She’s survived floods, storms and bear attacks, and stays sane living in complete solitude for much of the year. It’s hard to think of anything that can take Sue down. On this week’s…