Knockout Punch: 5 Things You Missed On Ultimate Survival Alaska

With just two legs to go, the pressure’s on to snag one of the few remaining wins. On leg twelve, the teams are inserted onto a steep glacier, and race to the banks of a highland lake.


At the insertion flag, they find a cache of inner tubes, planks, ropes, and other supplies. This leg, their challenge is to design and build handmade rafts durable enough to survive the roughest whitewater they’ve faced yet.

1. Team Endurance

Coming into leg twelve, the Endurance team leads the field. They know another win would solidify the championship. Arriving first to the cache, the team gets to work building a triangular raft. Lightweight and nimble, the raft negotiates the whitewater with ease. But when they’re neck and neck with Team Military, their title bid is soon derailed when a crash pops one of their raft’s inner tubes.



After losing valuable time repairing their damaged raft, the team is in jeopardy of missing extraction.

2. Team Alaskans

The Alaskans begin leg twelve in a do-or-die situation. Down by two points, the team needs a win to keep their title hopes alive. The pressure eats away at the team early, as they debate the best raft design. They finally settle on three small, individual rafts. First to launch, they soon realize their design is flawed. The flimsy rafts flip on the first stretch of rapids: Vern’s splits in half and Marty loses part of his paddle.


Following a terrible start to the most important leg of the competition, the team must pick up the pieces and sprint to the finish.

3. Team Lower 48

Trailing Endurance by two points, Lower 48 knows they’re in a must-win situation. Cluck, the pro kayaker, is thrilled to find the challenge is water-based. Desperately needing a win, Cluck comes up with a radical raft design – the bublik. Modeled after a Russian tire boat, the team constructs a raft using two giant inner tubes. Before long, they close in on the other must-win team, the Alaskans.


4. Team Military 

Of all the teams in the competition, the Military have the most to lose. After narrowly losing to Dallas and Endurance last season, they’re determined to get revenge. The team trails Endurance by one point, and wants a win here to tie going into the final leg. The men design the most durable, but largest construction of any team. Although heavy, their raft stays intact in the whitewater. Charging through the powerful rapids, the Military can’t afford to make any mistakes.


5. And the winner is…

Bublik and all, Lower 48 snags the victory, giving Cluck and Kasha the crucial chance to win the title.


With just one leg to go, Endurance leads the pack. But with the final leg worth two points all teams are in the running to either tie or win title of Ultimate Alaskan Survivor.

Which team will win the final round? Don’t forget to make your predictions for each leg of the competition on our Survival Competition Tracker.


  1. Truth Be Told
    March 16, 2015, 1:57 pm

    Well, this episode wasn’t too bad. They correctly stated where the episode took place, so kudos to the producers for that. But what was up with the portage? That part was totally unnecessary. The teams were rafting from the point where the Nagishlamina River enters Chackachamna Lake. They went east across Chackachamna Lake to the terminus area of the Barrier Glacier. However, instead of just continuing their easy paddle across the lake to the outlet river, they portaged their rafts over the terminal moraine of the glacier. Why? There was no need to do that. It doesn’t make sense. If this was an actual race to the finish, there’s no way they would have done that. But once again, it’s just more proof that the producers of this show are more interested in fake drama than reality. Just take a look at the Tyonek A-7 topographic map and you’ll see what I mean.

  2. Truth Be Told
    March 16, 2015, 3:20 pm

    I forgot to include the link to the Tyonek A-7 topo map in my previous post. Here it is:

  3. Jeremy
    United Arab Emirates
    March 17, 2015, 3:48 am

    Hello. Great episode. I didn’t see the military make their shelter with a parachute. They apparently also used it as a sail. It would have been nice to see that. BTW, it looks like Tyler got new boots but Seavey didn’t get a new pack. Do you have rules for replacing items? Please let us know. Thank you.

  4. E
    New England
    March 18, 2015, 12:04 am

    Strange how Endurance is never shown carrying packs or paddles on any of their portages this episode. Just an empty raft with nothing tied to it. Other teams had gear strapped to rafts. What gives? Did they constantly drop the raft to double back and retrieve gear or is this show BS?

  5. Joseph
    Calgary, alberta
    March 25, 2015, 2:54 pm

    I’m sorry guys, but there is no way that section of whitewater is class V…… Class III, maybe III+ at the very most! Saying this is class V is very irresponsible of you guys.