When bears, wolves and foxes are your only neighbors, life can be pretty lonely. Add minus-60-degree days and a constant battle for the most basic necessities, and you have the daily challenges of people who live in remote corners of Alaska. This series takes viewers deep into an Alaskan winter to meet six tough and resilient residents as they try to stay one step ahead of storms and man-eating beasts to make it through to spring. The closest neighbor to Sue Aikens is more than 300 miles away. Eric Salitan subsists solely on what he hunts and forages. Chip and Agnes Hailstone catch fish for currency in bartering for supplies, and Andy and Kate Bassich use their pack of sled dogs for transportation.
With temperatures rising across Alaska, Sue must battle the elements to keep her camp running in the face of threats from waking predators. In Eagle, break-up on the Yukon River marks the most arduous time of the year, with Andy and Kate spending every hour building and preparing for the oncoming freeze. The Hailstones venture to a new summer camping ground with plans to teach their girls how to stock fresh fish, meat, and other resources while the land is plentiful. With a small window for their subsistence hunting, Erik and his new wife set out to harvest fresh spring meat. As the waterways thaw, Glenn must test his building skills in order to access nearby hunting areas in search of available food sources.
In the weeks just before freeze up, our four households are focused on last ditch efforts to bring in enough meat and supplies to enable them to make it through winter. But hungry grizzly bears and unpredictable weather pose a constant threat – and soon bone-chilling cold will add to their minute-by-minute test of survival. Among the many adventures featured in this series, Chip and his family embark on long treks in the blistering cold of the Arctic in their search for remote new hunting grounds, Sue navigates a new all-terrain vehicle back to her remote outpost home across 100 miles of desolate tundra in the dark and -50F temperatures, while Andy and Kate take on the task of teaching a newcomer how to survive life off the grid.
Spring has sprung for our four Alaskan households living miles from the nearest road network in different corners of this merciless territory. After the harsh winter, breakup is under way in remote Alaska and Life Below Zero's hardy characters face a whole new set of challenges.
When bears, wolves and foxes are your only neighbors, life can be lonely. Extreme low temperatures and a constant battle for basic supplies and you see the constant challenges those who live in remote corners of Alaska face.