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 the first race of the competition, Team Military are leading the pack, taking the shortest, most dangerous inland route in the hopes of racking up their second victory. With Team Endurance keen on recouping their narrow loss in leg one and last-place Team Mountaineers tackling the race by sea, leg two is anyone’s game. With bears lurking inland, this race’s winners will be the ones who can make it through the terrain the fastest – while avoiding an attack in the process.

Will Team Military battle off bears to repeat their win, or will another team come from behind and score? Find out which team prevails on Ultimate Survival: Alaska tonight at 9P.

On Twitter? Team Mountaineers’ own @TimberTina will be live-tweeting tonight’s episode. Join the conversation by following @SurvivalAlaska and using your favorite team’s hashtag – #USAMilitary, #USAWoodsmen, #USAMountaineers or #USAEndurance.

Watch a sneak peak of Team Military trekking through a bear den:


  1. Terry Gorle
    December 22, 2013, 11:48 pm

    Ultimate Survival Alaska is a major disappointment. Faked scenarios, fake drama, fake halibut catch…etc. National Geographic, how can you put your name on this garbage?

  2. Mike
    December 23, 2013, 6:51 pm

    The last episode of the Ultimate Alaskan Survival was so phony i can’t watch It again. I have done a lot of big game fishing and there’s no way on this earth you can catch a 180-200 lb halibut with a ski, and a piece of crap reel they used the other night. The damn thing was dead when they reached over the side and pulled it in with one hand hehehehehehe. Get real people… One hand. Thnx but no thnx.

  3. Pardner
    December 27, 2013, 2:45 pm

    I call total BS on catching the halibut. I did enjoy Marty constantly picking up the tail and dropping it while trying to simulate a live fish thrashing in the boat. There is no way in Hades someone is going to pull up a 200 pound halibut with a ski. Enjoy the show but good lord!!

  4. Molney
    December 28, 2013, 3:25 am

    Timber Tina’s own team is USAWoodmen!! Get it right, they are NOT Mountaineers!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Enrique Benndorf
    December 28, 2013, 9:29 pm

    I’m with any team but the Woodsmen. Lets hope it gets blown out early.

  6. Enrique Benndorf
    December 30, 2013, 10:10 pm

    Please Jesus, nuke the annoying Woodsmen asap! Grannie is the worst.

  7. Cindy
    December 31, 2013, 1:16 pm

    I too would like to know how NatGeo put their name on this. How can you perpetuate this FAKE drama. How dumb do you think your audience is?

  8. Lisa
    United States
    January 1, 2014, 7:45 pm

    Military all the way!!!!!! Effort will not be wasted. God bless our soldiers!!!

  9. Rick
    Mooresville NC
    January 5, 2014, 9:58 am

    I watched 2 minutes of this show and I would not team up with any of these jokers. In the two minutes an “ultimate” survivor shot a hole in his boat and another traversing an ice slope perfectly sideways slides into the water below. His teammates zip down the hill, pull him from the water, and get him to rocks like it was nothing … but it was on the same ice slope they could hardly traverse a second earlier. I pray this is fake and these are not Earth’s ultimate survivors or mankind is doomed.

  10. JPMcC
    January 5, 2014, 11:17 pm

    Ah, all the carping here — why don’t you malcontents just enjoy a really interesting show — nitpick your noses.

  11. BS
    January 5, 2014, 11:30 pm

    Hah the military are the most fake…complete garbage show. Check out when they “saw” a bear a few episodes ago. If you catch it on DVR go screen by screen and you can see they actually photoshopped a bear into a random cave which was nowhere near them. Only show that has actually pissed me off to watch.

  12. Call out
    January 6, 2014, 11:27 am

    We’ll being former military I would rather roll with former operators, hell none of you clowns complaining about the show couldn’t read a map or even begin to rig up tp rappel. Do us all a favor quit whining stop watching the show, bunch of downers !!!!!!!

  13. Cindy King
    Battle Creek, MI
    January 6, 2014, 10:59 pm

    Come on folks. we like the show overall but it seems so scripted with Marty’s team conveniently finding saddled horses, a guy with a shortcut, old skis, a warm cabin and food for the night – something to help them every week – way out in the middle of nowhere. And how does he keep that hat and white shirt so pristine and wrinkle free hiking and camping? It’s predictable every week which team will win to keep the fans ‘on the edges of our seats till the end.” Don’t proclaim reality when there’s so little validity. And tell marty to please button his shirt. He looks ridiculous.

  14. Enrique Benndorf
    January 7, 2014, 1:52 pm

    Just listen to all the armchair quarterbacks criticizing these competitors from their sofas.


  15. Scott
    January 12, 2014, 11:09 pm

    This show should not be called “Ultimate Survivor Alaska”. It should be called “Ultimate Liar Alaska”. Because that’s what it is. It’s not a REAL race from drop-off point to extraction point. It’s just a bunch of pre-scripted, contrived, so-called “challenges” that no real wilderness racer/outdoors-person would actually do if they had to get from Point A to Point B in a set amount of time. Let me offer a prime example. In Episode 4, titled “The Climb from Hell” (it should have been called “What the Hell?), the synopsis says that the teams had to travel 30 miles from their drop-off point on the Triumvirate Glacier to the extraction point, and the so-called route “map” showed that they had to head east-northeast on a pretty much straight line route in order to get to Frustration Lake. In reality, they were dropped off on the Triumvirate Glacier ONLY 3 MILES west of the extraction point! Endurance and Military correctly headed in the direction of the extraction point, but then, when only 3/10ths of mile from it, they inexplicably took a detour to go across the completely staged and unnecessary Tyrolean traverse. How do I know it was unnecessary? Because at the 34 minute and 30 second time mark in the program, the camera clearly shows not only the gorge that the Tyrolean traverse went across, but also the EASILY WALKABLE terrain at the head of the gorge – THEY COULD HAVE JUST WALKED AROUND THE GORGE WITH NO PROBLEMS!! But wait, there’s more! After Military and Endurance got across the Tyrolean traverse, they were ONLY 3/10th OF A MILE AWAY from the extraction point (and this was on Day 1!). Did they race each other to the finish, as you’d expect? Heck no. They turned around and HEADED IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, SPENDING NEARLY THE NEXT TWO DAYS GOING THE WRONG WAY! Why? Who knows. Maybe so that they could catch up with the Mountaineers who, immediately upon being dropped off on the Triumvirate Glacier, HEADED OFF IN THE WRONG DIRECTION!

    There is SO much wrong with this program that I’m surprised National Geographic lets its name be associated with this garbage (take a look at the route “maps” they show – they bear no resemblance to reality. In fact, they are just plain wrong). For those of you who think this show presents a realistic picture of a race through the Alaskan wilderness, I suggest for the next episode, you open up Google Earth and follow along with what they show in the program. You’ll be amazed at the lie you’re being told by this program.

  16. Keith
    Burnaby b.c.
    January 13, 2014, 9:56 pm

    Omg! Such a disapointment! Shooting an already dead 200lb halibut through the boat a Vetran woods man and hunter! Would never shoot threw the boat(not even drunk!!) they are really commuting a crime against the kids who are watching this! That have put thief trust in national geographic, and then the fake boat tip over!! Shame on national geographic, shame on these sell outs who call themselves woodsman misleading today’s youth! Wow!! Wow! Wow! Disgusting all of you’s hope the money you sold out for was worth it!??

  17. KinaUna
    Campbell River, BC
    January 13, 2014, 9:57 pm

    I guess National Geographic brought Marty back cuz he is, without question, the one most likely to go along with, and actively participate in the most BSive scenarios that this program would have you believe actually took place. He “catches and hauls aboard” a 200 pound halibut? Then he tries to make the fish look alive by manipulating the tail of the halibut. For krissakes- C’mon N. Geographic!! You insult your viewers’ intelligence!

  18. Pocampo
    January 20, 2014, 8:19 pm

    I just watched my last episode of this faked/staged drama. Anyone who has spent time in the wilderness will quickly recognize that this is laughably artificial. What’s sad is that the participants appear to be able people, but have allowed themselves to be puppets and mouthpieces for this fraud.
    National Geographic – you need to worry about the integrity of your brand – this kind of sham can cause major damage. Not worth the money!

  19. Bytha Riverside
    January 28, 2014, 10:49 am

    I watch this solely for the scenery. The “action” is, by and large, fake.

  20. Tomas Tallbom
    February 1, 2014, 11:46 am

    In episode 4 you can see Marty with his back pack down on his ass take a side step to push some rocks so it looks like it’s off just by him walking there. Oh, they were carrying a pair of skis and just happened to stumble over “two” pairs so there were skis for everyone in the group.
    Why not do this show for real. Lot’s of skilled people out there up for some friendly competition. Great action out there without having to fake it. Just the early multi sport challenges like Eco Challenge provided lot of real action.

  21. hector mozk
    February 1, 2014, 3:46 pm

    On episode climb from hell the last teammate of endurance has a “failure” on his primary line on the Tyrolean traverse but if you watch closely you can see the rail on the primary line is just looped over instead of securely attached to the line, so even that was staged I mean the hunger games are more real than this show

  22. David
    February 4, 2014, 6:47 pm

    I will have to say i am really disappointed in how many “reality shows” are staged these days. Ultimate Survival Alaska is absolutely staged and its sad. The “Over the Falls” episode proves this fact. Pay attention to the type of canoe (shape, material and color) the military pulls from the river at the beginning. Watch the canoe they throw over the waterfall. I immediately noticed they weren’t the same. Bummer.

  23. SNumber6
    New Jersey
    February 10, 2014, 1:45 pm

    I’m done with the show after last night’s episode.
    It’s always been obviously staged … and scripted …
    but last night – with 2 teams losing 12 hours searching for a lost team member and one of them winds up winning is ludicrous …
    Team Endurace with a 12 hour advantage couldn’t win …
    I am sure they were told to camp out and wait to make it dramatic …
    Total BS … They do real stuff … but the producers and organizers just have too much control to try to keep it dramatic rather than real …
    I’m done with it … I love Alaska and my two trips there were fantastic … but watching the scenery doesn’t make up for the scripted nonsense here…

  24. CRODER
    February 10, 2014, 7:02 pm

    Yea how come everything always comes down to the last 100 yards, no races like this can always come down to the last minute, it seems to forced….also I almost can guaruntee that endurance will win the next two races so they are all tied up at 3 races each for the final episode and it will come down again to a photo finish….

  25. Darren
    February 10, 2014, 10:52 pm

    OK – I love this show and have wondered about how legit it is. CHECK OUT episode 9. Tyler falls into the river and is washed down stream. When he starts his traverse across the river he is wearing a bright blue life vest that inflates with a yellow rip cord handle. He is wearing it when he slips and tries to grab onto the first large rock. Then, in the next scenes, as he is washed down river, the life vest is clearly GONE!!!! He is wearing his backpack over the life vest. There is no way one of these vest will just slip off.

  26. Robert
    Juneau AK
    February 12, 2014, 3:27 am

    At first I was all about this show. But then I started to question it, especially when they tried to show where the teams travelled. Im from AK, so when they show the route they went and mention the lakes/rivers they traveled which don’t match up I knew something was up. Throw in some bad acting with bad drama, I couldn’t believe guys would throw their reputation down the outhouse for a TV show. Some of these guys are well know, and now they are viewed by real alaskans as frauds. It’s really depressing because they had a chance to create something unique and original.

  27. SPD
    February 13, 2014, 1:36 am

    Extremely disappointed in what I thought was a brand with some integrity! I realize now that National Geographic is just like every other studio hoping their viewers are dumb enough to watch these shows over and over. They should at least admit that these shows are scripted, fake and staged like no other. I’ll never watch this or any other National Geographic show again. Shame on you NatGeo.

  28. Greg
    February 17, 2014, 1:07 am

    LMAO. That porcupine was already dead and placed up in a crook of a tree. They keep the camera shaky and out of focus, but you can still tell that it’s stiff and dead before it gets “shot” out of tree. Also when it hits the ground you can see that it’s already stiffened up. If it was actually alive, and dead-eye Dallas had killed it with one expert shot, it would hit with a limp thud, and probably still be twitching a bit. Not bounce from rigor with its jaws already locked open. Couldn’t they just film the show without all the fake stuff layered on?

  29. Sue
    February 17, 2014, 4:04 pm

    Yep, we knew Endurance was going to win leg 9 and they’ll win leg 10 so that all three teams are tied with 3 wins going into leg 11. Then it will be a race to the finish with all three teams. So I assume Rudy’s broken ankle was fake, too, so that the Military team could have the added problem of only having a two-man team. It is disappointing to see that NatGeo would pretend this is real action.

  30. WA
    BC Canada
    February 17, 2014, 10:40 pm

    National Geographic should be embarrassed.
    This show is completely scripted and fake beyond belief. I would have thought it was a comedy, if it wasn’t the fact that Nat Geo had their logo.
    I can seriously say that I won’t be looking for anything with Nat Geo anymore, printed, tv or otherwise, they have completed lost my trust in their brand. I will assume from now on that whatever they make is not realistic and completely staged. Networks need to stop treating their audience like idiots, not everyone watches the Kardashians.

  31. Chris P.
    February 18, 2014, 3:25 am

    Episode 10 on Afognak Island has the most obviously staged scene yet, where at about 39 minutes you can watch the military team purposely releasing their map into the wind! Unbelievable.

  32. Stadi Ronin
    Helsinki Finland
    February 24, 2014, 12:42 am

    What p**ses me most is that real Green Beret and Navy SEAL
    are going along with this BS show. Anybody who’s seen Stars earn Stripes knows what top dude Grady Powell is. Hes an animal as a soldier. I understand guys tho – its easy money.

  33. Bytha Riverside
    March 1, 2014, 8:00 am

    Chris P, I told my wife, “Watch, they are going to lose their map in the wind.” Sure enough, he let it go. This show is so poorly done and such a fake. Every episode someone has a “life threatening drama” that is so staged.

  34. steve
    March 1, 2014, 3:52 pm

    show is so fake…… come on national geographic!!!

  35. Nick from Charlotte
    March 3, 2014, 9:05 am

    Regarding last night’s episode…what a joke! It is so scripted and fake. When the military team was going down the ice river on the glacier Nat Geo used computer generated graphics to show them on the river ahead of the waterfall. I used my DVR to pause it and it wasn’t even funny…soooo bad. And when Marty falls off the rope at the end? Really? Anyone that knows anything about survival won’t take that risk to not clip in and cross. Silly.

  36. Robnoxious
    March 3, 2014, 8:26 pm

    Nat geo… So sad that you air this crap.

  37. Scott
    March 4, 2014, 5:51 am

    Every episode of this program is just one lie after another. You’d logically think that, this being produced for and aired by National Geographic, that they would be able to get their geography correct. After all, geography is the hallmark of National Geographic, right? In the case of this program, WRONG! They get nothing right. The so-called route “maps” that they show at the beginning of every episode are just completely made up – they bear no semblance to reality. The program is constantly giving wrong information about where the teams are. Often, the teams are tens of miles away from where we are told they are. Why? Why do the producers think they need to lie and deceive? Why can’t they just tell the truth where these episodes take place? If you doubt anything I’ve said here, try this – watch one of the episodes with Google Earth open on your computer, and follow along with the program in GE. It’s easy to uncover the lies in the program.

    I don’t really have a major problem with the teams – they have to follow the script and do as they are told (well, some of the guys have done some pretty stupid stuff, like Marty shooting a hole in the bottom of his boat!). I know the team members don’t have any control over how the program is directed, edited, and presented. It’s the producers and director of this piece of crap show that deserve all the criticism and ridicule that is sent their way. And man, do I hope they get it!

  38. Jim B
    March 10, 2014, 11:09 am

    We enjoyed watching the program in the beginning. These guys are adventurous and talented, so why script it so poorly? Chance meeting with a guy at a cabin that has a boat that he needs to have go to their LZ, other boat found along the shore. Shooting a hole on the boat (D.S. Marty). Just had go rappel down the face of a glacier or down the middle of an icy cold waterfall instead of taking the route that the cameraman took. Bad program direction. How they all just make it before the time runs out.

  39. The Dude
    United States
    March 16, 2014, 4:42 am

    I can’t believe I wasted my time watching this fake stuff! I really liked the first season and the beginning the the second season but it became more evident as the season went on that it was rigged. I was disheartening to watch and it’s sad that these competitors were ok with it. This “Endurance” team beat out military and savvy mountain men soundly? They had time for interviews with these other guys raced up the mountain on their heels? Green Berets and Navy SEALS go through their courses with little to no sleep and food while experiencing constant physical exhaustion and mental fatigue. I personally know special ops operators that would bury these teams. I was sickened by the final result and hope they discontinue this show. Doug Swingley is still the greatest Iditarod champion!

  40. G Hurn
    Washington state
    June 17, 2014, 10:40 pm

    Way to go nat ego,great comedy show with unbelievable poor editing

  41. Andrew C
    July 10, 2014, 6:06 am

    As fake as. I thought only Discovery went fake.

  42. James Carney
    United States
    July 20, 2014, 3:53 pm

    Season 2-episode 10 at minute 35 as the mama bear and two cubs walk away you can see them walk by a metal grate in the side of the hill. It was filmed at a zoo of some kind. Wow that was lame.

  43. Gman
    March 12, 2015, 3:20 pm

    I sometimes watch this show. It is clearly obvious that scripting plays a hand in this to try and maximize viewers. I just think it dumbs down the audience in every way. I have changed programing and started watching another “reality show” called “Boundless” It seems to be the real deal.