Teams Announced for Second Season of National Geographic's ULTIMATE SURVIVAL ALASKA
They are some of the toughest, most extreme survivalists from across the nation. Four teams - woodsmen, mountaineers, military veterans and endurance athletes - go head-to-head in an Epic arctic competition that only National Geographic could inspire. Eleven legs across 1,500 miles of Alaska's wild. Only the gear on their backs.
Starting Sunday, Dec. 15, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, go off the grid in the second season of National Geographic Channel's (NGC's) Ultimate Survival Alaska (View trailer). Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as "genuinely exciting," adding, "the fate of some of these contenders literally hangs in the balance," this season incorporates a new team format. Twelve rugged outdoorsmen (including one woman) are dropped in The Middle of the Alaskan wilderness by bush plane and given 60 hours to make their way to the landing zone for that leg of the expedition. No naked gimmicks. No comfy hotels between takes. No electronic devices or even "reality show" prize at the end. Like the original National Geographic explorers, this is about well-fought pride.
Using raw, die-hard ingenuity, they'll push their way through some of the most hostile territory on the planet with only two pounds of beans and rice per leg. From glaciated river valleys to barren ridgelines and high mountain peaks, watch the teams Face Off against hostile predators, hunger, perilous weather and hypothermic threats along the way.
In just the first leg of the 11-leg competition, the teams race across a 30-mile stretch of treacherous glacier, plunge down a 2,000-foot gully, and battle 15 miles of raging whitewater rapids to the extraction point in Berners Bay. "Snow coffins" will be built to sleep in. Sled dogs will be raced. Squirrels become dinner. Teams get trapped knee-deep in ice water. One contender falls into a hidden glacial crevasse. Another nearly drowns in the rapids after flipping his raft.
The race is only getting started.
Meet the Teams:
TEAM MILITARY: Grady Powell, former U.S. Green Beret and expert land navigator; Jared Ogden, former U.S. Navy SEAL; and Rudy Reyes, former U.S. Marine Corps recon sniper and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
TEAM ENDURANCE: Dallas Seavey, the youngest person ever to win the Iditarod, a grueling thousand-mile race across Alaska; Sean Burch, who holds six world records for climbing mountains; and Eddie Ahyakak, a native Alaskan marathon runner.
TEAM MOUNTAINEERS: Marty Raney, a veteran mountain guide who has led more than 20 expeditions on and around Denali, the highest peak in North America; and extreme climbers Tyler Johnson and Thomas Ginn.
TEAM WOODSMEN: Jimmy Gaydos, an off-the-grid survivalist; Yote Robertson, a wilderness guide; and "Timber" Tina Scheer, a competitive lumberjack and the only woman in the competition.
Follow the Race
"Arctic Battleground" Sunday, Dec. 15, at 9 p.m. ET/PT Mission: Race across a 30-mile stretch of treacherous glacier, plunge down a 2,000-foot gully and battle 15 miles of whitewater rapids to the extraction point in Berners Bay.
The survivalists are in Dallas' territory: dog mushing. Dallas and the rest of the Endurance athletes are the first to arrive and harness their team of dogs. Not familiar with dog mushing and not wanting to waste any time, the Military team skips the dogs altogether and walks. The Woodsmen and Mountaineers catch up, get their dogs ready and start the race. While mushing, three of the teams become trapped knee-deep in a frigid glacial river. After pulling through and continuing on foot, Sean Burch falls waist-deep into a hidden crevasse on a snow-covered glacier. Not only that, when they begin rafting on the whitewater rapids, Sean's raft flips and he gets stuck in a fallen tree across a river. The rapids prove equally dangerous for Jimmy Gaydos, the oldest competitor, who flips his raft in a nasty section of rapids and gets washed downstream and out of sight.