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 tools to help them in their journey to the LZ. Locked in a four-way tie for first place, which team will prevail?
1. Team Military
First to the insertion flag, Military sets their sights on a cache of fishing poles. With the summer salmon run in full swing, Kodiak rivers are teeming with fresh fish. Low on protein, the team jumps at the opportunity to reel in a feast.
But they have competition. Salmon streams are notorious bear hangouts, and before long, the Military finds out why. Chased downstream, the team must choose to jump off a forty-foot waterfall, or become a hungry brown bear’s next meal. They decide to escape.
2. Team Lower 48
Coming off their first win without Sweeney, the Lower 48 are out to prove they’re the real deal. They arrive second to the insertion flag and study their map. Kasha isn’t shy about voicing her strong fear of bears, so she and Cluck decide to follow a longer, coastal route to the LZ to avoid bear encounters, complete with staying up at night to keep watch for predators.
But when they’re cliffed-out, the team is forced to head inland, and walks right into a bear den.
3. Team Endurance
The Endurance team comes into leg nine at a severe disadvantage. After Dallas lost his pack and all his gear, they now have one-third fewer supplies. Seeing packrafts at the cache, they decide they can’t make it without them. For one, the rafts can provide a shelter and sleeping surface for Dallas. And two, the team can use them to ride a river highway to the LZ. Once on the water, Endurance makes great time, though the rapids give them trouble.
But soon, the river takes a turn for the worse. They grab their rafts and make it to shore – just before a massive waterfall.
4. Team Alaskans
Last to the flag, the Alaskans begin leg nine behind the pack. Needing to make up time, they decide on a direct route to the LZ – straight through the heart of bear country. The team follows a centuries-old bear trail, dubbed the “bear superhighway.” The trail lives up to its name, as bears block the team’s route at nearly every turn.
They continue their resilient push to extraction, but when Marty gets separated from the team, he comes face-to-face with a predator.
5. And the winner is…
As the clock runs down, Endurance, Lower 48, the Alaskans, and the Military all have a shot at victory. Having escaped the bears, it’s a race to the top of a cliff to the flag.
After several winless legs and a disastrous lost pack, Team Endurance finally grabs another win, putting them ahead three wins to the other teams’ two.
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