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Long Way Down: 5 Things You Missed On Ultimate Survival Alaska

Lost packs, missing shoes, bouts of the flu, disgruntled team members – the Ultimate Survival Alaska teams have battled through all types of setbacks this season. Luckily, they’ve managed to avoid serious injury. But that changed on the eleventh leg of the competition, where the teams were dropped high in the Alaska Range, tasked with descending…

Covert Ops: 5 Things You Missed On Ultimate Survival Alaska

After nine grueling legs of survival, the four teams of Ultimate Survival Alaska are headed toward the coast of Afognak Island. In the tenth stretch of the competition, the teams must reach the LZ by land or by sea. Over land, teams can climb a desolate peak or brave bear country in the lowlands, while the ocean route promises strong tidal…

Kodiak Killers: 5 Things You Missed On Ultimate Survival Alaska

In leg nine of Ultimate Survival Alaska, the hunters become the hunted, as teams face their fiercest challenge yet: Kodiak brown bears. Dropped on the coast of Kodiak Island, teams sprint for the insertion flag in the middle of an inland lake. Diving through the frigid waters, competitors swim for the flag and a cache of…

What’s in a Name: How to Name an Animal

On last week’s episode of The Savage Line, animal guard Cory Valdes stumbled upon a fer-de-lance, a vicious snake whose name in French, roughly translated, means “lance head.” But while most know the snake as such, it has another, slightly less memorable name: Bothrops lanceolatus. Why does a snake with such an interesting, aggressive name…

Arctic Wisdom: Inside Glenn’s Emergency Shelter

“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…

Sue’s Arctic Wisdom: To Catch A Predator

For Sue Aikens, surviving in the Arctic means planning ahead. “If you have one foot in yesterday, one foot in tomorrow, you’re not living in today,” she says. “But part of my footstep has to be in tomorrow so I can survive today.” On this week’s all-new Life Below Zero, Sue makes a big move…

Winter is Coming: Life Below Zero Season Two Premieres Tonight

It’s time to freeze. On the new season of Life Below Zero, the series’ Alaskans are in preparation mode in the weeks before winter arrives, fighting to stock enough food, fortify their buildings and gather the resources they need before they’re hit with months of darkness, isolation and bone-chilling cold. For Sue Aikens, the challenges this winter are tougher…

Live Your Life With Zero Hesitation

Falter and die. Surviving on the Arctic tundra requires constant awareness: when to be silent, when to reach for a gun, when to flee. On Life Below Zero, wilderness guide Erik Salitan lives a self-sufficient lifestyle 67 miles north of the Arctic Circle, braving harsh elements and deadly wildlife to survive in total freedom. To…

Life Below Zero Wisdom: Only The Strong Survive

For many Alaskans living in the Arctic wilderness, the physical toils of living off the land come second to the mental struggle of survival. Facing a life of isolation, darkness and cold, only the strongest make it through. On the season premiere of Life Below Zero, five groups of Alaskans overcome challenges in the wild and…

Which Ultimate Survival: Alaska Team Are You On?

Military, Woodsmen, Mountaineers and Endurance: the four teams on Ultimate Survival: Alaska are equally matched and eager to win. Tonight, the teams set off on the Alaska Panhandle from Chichagof Island. Their routes will take them through the dangerous heart of bear country, home to more brown bears per square mile than any other place on earth. After winning…