The Best Episodes of Mountain Men

Last Updated: Jul 11, 2018

Most people enjoy the modern technologies and conveniences of today -- smartphones, tablets, cable and satellite TV among them -- but there are people who choose to live off the grid and in the unspoiled wilderness, where dangers like mudslides, falling trees and bears are all parts of life. ``Mountain Men'' profiles three such people. Eustace Conway, who has lived at the western edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina for more than 25 years, teaches interns about the old ways of living with nature. Tom Oar needs an entire year to prepare for the seven-month-long winter on Montana's Yaak River. In Alaska, Marty Meierotto must gather enough wood to survive, in complete isolation, winters that can have temperatures drop to as low as 60 degrees below zero. It's not an easy life but for these mountain men, it's life as they know it.

Stand Your Ground

#1 - Stand Your Ground

Season 6 - Episode 15

Morgan’s horses go missing just as the local bears are waking for spring; Rich’s marathon lion hunt turns into an epic chase and Tom goes after America’s largest game.

star 7.99
187 votes
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Misty Mountain

#2 - Misty Mountain

Season 2 - Episode 16

Winter has finally come to a close, spelling big changes for Tom, who bids farewell to an old friend and packs his bags for Florida. In the Ruby Valley, Rich grooms his youngest hound to take over the pack, but an influx of cougars finds the pup in over his head. In North Carolina, Eustace takes a dangerous trip down a rapid river to deliver the canoe he built to pay off his loan. In Maine, Charlie takes his furs to market and hopes to break even on his rookie season, while in Alaska, Marty enjoys a reunion with his family, then makes big plans for the future.

star 7.96
67 votes
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To Every Thing There Is a Season

#3 - To Every Thing There Is a Season

Season 6 - Episode 16

Marty ends a failed season with a blockbuster catch; Tom stands his ground against a powerful beast and in Preston’s final episode, he and Eustace fight fire with fire to lay down roots for the next generation.

star 7.94
194 votes
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Judgment Day

#4 - Judgment Day

Season 2 - Episode 14

In Alaska, after spending the night under the stars in subzero conditions Marty struggles to get his snow machine out of a stubborn overflow. In the Ruby Valley, Rich takes his oldest dog, Brandy and youngest dog, Hatchet, out on a special training mission. Eustace and Preston set off on a crucial deer hunt, but are interrupted by loud intruders. In the Yaak Valley, Tom is called by his friend, Tim to help with a beaver problem and takes the opportunity to teach an important lesson; and in Maine, Charlie and Jim head to the frozen river to carve out 100 pound ice chunks for Charlie's root cellar.

star 7.94
66 votes
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#5 - Generations

Season 5 - Episode 16

Tom pays the price for two consecutive failed winters. Morgan calls in reinforcements for his horses. Eustace and Preston harvest a hog and Rich makes a pick of the litter.

star 7.90
262 votes
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Winter's Gamble

#6 - Winter's Gamble

Season 4 - Episode 14

Marty makes a gamble that changes everything; a storm batters Eustace and Preston during their final push.

star 7.86
108 votes
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Only the Strong Survive

#7 - Only the Strong Survive

Season 6 - Episode 10

Marty doubles down on a new strategy to keep from losing more ground; Morgan and Margaret defend what's theirs and Jason's hunt for land becomes an ordeal.

star 7.84
250 votes
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#8 - Predator

Season 3 - Episode 12

As the bitter cold pushes predators to the edge, Tom is caught in a close range battle while Rich goes head to head with a pack of wolves.

star 7.84
74 votes
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The Deep Freeze

#9 - The Deep Freeze

Season 3 - Episode 11

In the Revelation Mountains of Alaska, Marty faces off with a vicious wolverine. In Montana, Rich tries to protect a young family from a hungry predator while Tom Oar battles the bitter cold to build a primitive teepee. And in Maine, one wrong step has Charlie Tucker fighting for his life.

star 7.83
75 votes
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Rite of Passage

#10 - Rite of Passage

Season 3 - Episode 7

In Montana, Rich Lewis must defend his home from a mountain lion that has invaded his turf. In New Mexico, after a failed first attempt, Kyle Bell's son Ben steps up again to break a wild young colt. In the Revelation Mountains, a voracious wolverine threatens to derail Marty Meierotto's season for good, and in North Carolina, Eustace Conway puts his wood burning truck to the ultimate test.

star 7.82
82 votes
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Adapt or Die

#11 - Adapt or Die

Season 4 - Episode 1

The Mountain Men are back more prepared than ever to do battle against Mother Nature, but unpredictable extremes force them to find new ways to adapt or die.

star 7.81
120 votes
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Welcome to the Tundra

#12 - Welcome to the Tundra

Season 4 - Episode 3

Morgan gets caught in the grips of an ice desert with no shelter in sight and Marty's return to Alaska's Revelation Mountains takes an unexpected turn.

star 7.80
116 votes
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Hard Target

#13 - Hard Target

Season 4 - Episode 10

Morgan's survival hangs on a critical airdrop; gale-force winds threaten to destroy Marty's cabin; Tom finally gets a breakthrough that could end his losing streak.

star 7.79
107 votes
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Race to Ruin

#14 - Race to Ruin

Season 6 - Episode 14

An early melt unleashes the local bears weeks ahead of schedule in the Great Alaska Range; Jason’s hunt for a home is finally over, and Eustace and Preston’s race to the finish ends in ruin.

star 7.78
207 votes
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#15 - Awakening

Season 4 - Episode 15

A predator returns just when Tom can least afford it. Marty runs out of daylight, and Rich battles back the wolves.

star 7.78
103 votes
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#16 - Touchdown

Season 4 - Episode 11

In Alaska, Marty finishes his cabin in time for his family to arrive, while in Montana, Rich's dogs are in danger after pursuing a bobcat too far, and Tom's skills get a workout after receiving a risky commission. In North Carolina, a mistake brings Eustace's lumber operation to a sudden halt.

star 7.77
116 votes
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The Cut

#17 - The Cut

Season 6 - Episode 8

A slip of the axe blade slices Morgan too deep; Marty targets a wolf pack on a killing spree; Tom digs out.

star 7.76
265 votes
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Rock Bottom

#18 - Rock Bottom

Season 5 - Episode 12

Tom hits the rocks with only weeks of winter left to go. Morgan seeks protection from the bears and Jason fires up the forge.

star 7.76
247 votes
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Miles from Home

#19 - Miles from Home

Season 1 - Episode 4

While survivalist Tom Oar is in the Yaak of Montana, he is confronted with a life-changing decision; Marty Meierotto must brave Alaska's extreme weather for months before returning to family; a sickly Eustace Conway must protect Turtle Island.

star 7.76
104 votes
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So Close, Yet So Far Away

#20 - So Close, Yet So Far Away

Season 4 - Episode 9

Tom's run of bad luck intensifies, but he refuses to give up; Morgan closes in on his goal and Marty prepares for his family's arrival on the line.

star 7.75
106 votes
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Miles to Go

#21 - Miles to Go

Season 4 - Episode 12

A breakdown leaves Marty stranded after dark; Eustace must improvise when he comes up shorthanded.

star 7.75
104 votes
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Let the Weight of the Hammer Do the Work

#22 - Let the Weight of the Hammer Do the Work

Season 6 - Episode 6

Marty's retreat leads to a surprise in his own back yard; Morgan builds to beat the dangers of the deep freeze; and Tom hits the jackpot.

star 7.75
260 votes
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The Revelations

#23 - The Revelations

Season 3 - Episode 4

Marty makes a new start in some of Alaska's most unforgiving terrain, but his first solo flight into the Revelation Mountains becomes a dangerous ordeal. In the Cimarron Valley of New Mexico, Kyle Bell helps his son Ben break his first colt, but day one goes terribly wrong. Eustace Conway and his friend Preston set out to build an enormous lumber shed to shelter his newly milled wood from North Carolina's torrential rains, but it quickly proves to be a risky undertaking. And in the Yaak, Tom attempts to preserve a bison hide that can earn him big bucks if his gamble pays off.

star 7.74
86 votes
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Freeze Out

#24 - Freeze Out

Season 5 - Episode 7

A jackpot slips from Tom's grasp; Morgan's last ditch effort to find food takes him into the treacherous peaks. Marty is driven off his line.

star 7.74
266 votes
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Hard Fought and Fairly Won

#25 - Hard Fought and Fairly Won

Season 4 - Episode 16

Melt sets in, prompting a race against winter's end. Also: Marty gambles on thin ice, a predator awakens and Rich oversees a rescue mission.

star 7.74
104 votes
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