The Best Episodes of Mountain Men

Last Updated: Nov 10, 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 7.98
192 votes
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Lost Time Is Never Found

#2 - Lost Time Is Never Found

Season 7 - Episode 10

A mid-winter melt threatens to derail Tom's season; Eustace masters gravity to keep the water flowing at home; Jason and Mary make a move to feed their growing family; Morgan and Margaret top off a major project; Mike cashes in on a rare find.

star 7.97
101 votes
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Double Jeopardy

#3 - Double Jeopardy

Season 7 - Episode 14

Morgan's big day goes bust when his plane breaks down; Mike's supply run across the bay leaves him high and dry; Tom takes on a rare high value commission; Jake's dog team hunts down two lions in a marathon high-speed chase.

star 7.97
95 votes
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Battle Lines

#4 - Battle Lines

Season 7 - Episode 5

Tom takes the fight to the wolves; a lion chase claims a casualty; Morgan builds bigger; and Eustace goes to battle to defend his land.

star 7.96
105 votes
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Misty Mountain

#5 - 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
68 votes
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Hell or High Water

#6 - Hell or High Water

Season 7 - Episode 16

Marty wraps up trapping season with a record haul; Morgan flies solo for the first time over the Great Alaska Range; Tom battles rapids on the Kootenai River; Eustace tries to raise a down payment to buy land.

star 7.95
64 votes
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To Every Thing There Is a Season

#7 - 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 7.93
200 votes
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Judgment Day

#8 - 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 7.91
67 votes
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Generations

#9 - 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 7.89
265 votes
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Edge of the Earth

#10 - Edge of the Earth

Season 7 - Episode 8

Eustace battles a beast to bring home a bonus payday; in pursuit of a lion, Jake's team is left hanging on a cliff's edge; Marty gambles on the ice to make bank; Mike fights to survive the dangers of bears-infested Kodiak.

star 7.88
109 votes
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The Gauntlet

#11 - The Gauntlet

Season 7 - Episode 15

Morgan's first flight to the homestead hits a wall of bad weather; Mike fights icy currents and fading daylight to get supplies back to his cabin; Tom runs a gauntlet of timber and brush in search of some late season fur; Eustace revives his furniture business to make some fast cash; and Jason forges salvaged airplane parts into high-end cutlery.

star 7.86
81 votes
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Predator

#12 - 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 7.85
75 votes
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Winter's Gamble

#13 - 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 7.84
109 votes
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The Deep Freeze

#14 - 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 7.82
77 votes
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While the Going is Good

#15 - While the Going is Good

Season 7 - Episode 6

Marty brings in a record haul; Margaret's extreme flight training leaves her out in the cold; Tom puts his master craftsmen skills to work; and Jake chases his next meal.

star 7.81
108 votes
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Only the Strong Survive

#16 - 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 7.81
256 votes
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Adapt or Die

#17 - 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 7.80
121 votes
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Welcome to the Tundra

#18 - 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 7.79
117 votes
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Time And Tide

#19 - Time And Tide

Season 7 - Episode 2

The bears keep Morgan on the run as he tries to secure his catch and escape with his life; Eustace struggles to get back to work without Preston; Jason and Mary prepare for their due date; Tom scales treacherous terrain and Jake readies his team to face down the lions.

star 7.78
117 votes
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Rite of Passage

#20 - 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 7.78
85 votes
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Hard Target

#21 - 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 7.77
109 votes
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Miles from Home

#22 - 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 7.77
107 votes
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The Cut

#23 - 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
273 votes
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Awakening

#24 - 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 7.76
105 votes
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Race to Ruin

#25 - 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 7.76
213 votes
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