The return of winter brings a flurry of activity for people around the globe. But if you're living in the remote wilderness of Alaska, the winter is about one thing only: survival. The second season of Nat Geo Mundo's hit cult series La Vida Bajo Cero will return this fall to follow six Alaskans as they battle against the bitter cold, unpredictable weather and hungry wildlife.
La Vida Bajo Cero premieres on Thursday, November 20, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo Mundo. The series covers the challenges of life in Alaska from every angle, be it beneath the ice or at the end of a hunter's gun.
It won't be long before bone-chilling cold puts the series' six Alaskans to a minute-by-minute test of survival. Ingenuity and strength of mind and body are essential, as seen in an array of building projects, cold weather survival skills, and resource management and food acquisition methods. Only the mentally fit will be able to endure the extreme test of isolation and endless work required to survive the many months of winter in the Alaskan bush.
Fan favorite Sue Aikens lives 197 miles north of the Arctic Circle at the Kavik River Camp, where nine months of the year she is the sole resident, with only a family of foxes and a retired sled dog to keep her company. The challenges for her this winter are tougher than ever. She'll finally get the chance to face down a grizzly bear that's been taunting her camp for years, and the purchase of a new all-terrain vehicle will force her to navigate a hundred miles of desolate tundra in the dark and bitter temperatures. Through it all, she never loses the no-nonsense toughness that viewers have fallen in love with.
Chip and Agnes Hailstone have many mouths to feed, and it's finally time for their oldest children to step up and help with the familial responsibilities. The first order of business will be to seek out new hunting grounds in time for the all-important annual moose hunt, which could yield several hundred pounds of fresh meat for their family. Chip will also put his handyman skills to work repurposing everyday items into essential appliances and tools, such as a used oil drum into a wood-burning stove.
Andy and Kate Bassich will have an extra set of hands this winter, as they take on an apprentice in hopes of training a whole new generation of off-the-grid pioneers. This newbie will be thrown into the deep end to learn the ins and outs of surviving off the land in the Alaskan bush. The Bassiches will start winter with one of their most important tasks: catching thousands of pounds of salmon to feed more than 20 sled dogs. If the dogs can't eat, the dogs can't live, leaving Andy and Kate without transportation and with little hope of survival.
Erik Salitan returns from guide season to his home in Wiseman. An avid subsistence hunter, Erik's on a mission this winter to take down an elusive wolf whose fur could provide him the means to purchase fuel, food and other winter necessities. He has also expanded the size of his camp, which increases the burdens of maintenance at a time when supplies are often scarce.
Premiere Episodes Include:
La Vida Bajo Cero: Winter's Warning
Premieres Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 8PM ET/PT
It's been six years since Sue Aikens was attacked by a grizzly bear, and now it's time for her to face her fears. She heads into the tundra, and after spotting a grizzly in the distance, goes on the offensive. In Eagle, Andy and Kate Bassich have just fed the last of their fish to their sled dogs. Chip and Agnes Hailstone's whitefishing in Noorvik is being disrupted by a late freeze. And Erik Salitan returns home, having just finished the guiding season in a southern village.
La Vida Bajo Cero: Deadly Grounds
Premieres Thursday, November 27, 2014, at 8PM ET/PT
Erik Salitan is ready to subsistence hunt, and on Kodiak Island he has the opportunity to go after the elusive mountain goat. Andy Bassich in Eagle is hoping that a single $2 homemade bullet will bring home a moose, providing meat for the year. In Kavik, a storm brings an unexpected opportunity to Sue Aikens, as it forces a herd of caribou close to her camp. In Noorvik, Chip and Agnes Hailstone are anxious to prepare for a winter of nomadic hunting and trapping.