Ultimate Survival Alaska: Arctic Hell

2013, Nature  -  45 min Leave a Comment
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30 miles deep in the Arctic Circle, eight people are going off the grid. It will be the greatest test of endurance. On each stage of this ten-part adventure, they will have just one kilo of rice and beans per man. Otherwise, they'll have to use what Alaska's terrain offers. They will carry no mobile shelters, no electronic devices; only equipment they can put into their backpacks.

The first stage of their ten-part journey starts in the dangerous creases of the Brooks Mountain Range. They call this range the "Gates of the Arctic", a rough, isolated region of mountains that can reach heights of nearly 2 kilometers. This is the landscape that the group must cross over the next three days.

This part of the expedition is terrifying. From their starting point, the men must cover nearly 80 kilometers of merciless ground to get to the extraction zone up at Takahula Lake. An aircraft will be there to meet them in just 72 hours. But if they're not there in time, they'll be left alone in the wilderness and they'll be out of the expedition.

As the clock starts, the men get to work, each devising their own way to reach the ending point. Among the eight competent adventurers, three plans quickly emerge. As the men go their own ways, famous outdoorsman Willi Prittie wants to take the high trail. Survivalist Brent Sass and experienced hiker Tyler Johnson agree with him. They've chosen to go through the bumpy, 1.2-kilometers-high crests east of the Alatna River to achieve the objective.

Willi's path is a hazardous bet and it will put them on some rocky terrain. But at first, the start of the adventure unfolds relatively easy. The thing is, those slopes are a hunting area for predators and pretty soon the guys find evidence that they're not alone. They know that gobbled leftovers mean only one thing - wolves.