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When bears, wolves and foxes are your only neighbors, life can be pretty lonely. Add minus-60-degree days and a constant battle for the most basic necessities, and you have the daily challenges of people who live in remote corners of Alaska. This series takes viewers deep into an Alaskan winter to meet tough, resilient residents as they try to stay one step ahead of storms and man-eating beasts to survive the season. The closest neighbor to Sue Aikens is more than 300 miles away. Eric Salitan subsists solely on what he hunts and forages. Chip and Agnes Hailstone catch fish for currency in bartering for supplies, and Andy and Kate Bassich use their pack of sled dogs for transportation. Also highlighted is a time of year not always part of what viewers see in Alaska: spring! Ice is breaking, animals are waking, and residents face new tests before deep cold returns.

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In Alaska, summer is spent preparing for what lies ahead; the Hailstones spend a night on the water; Sue Aikens battles river currents to source coal; Ricko DeWilde secures food with nets made by his late mother; Jessie Holmes gathers firewood.
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Alaskans harvest the last of summer's bounty; Sue Aikens tracks a lone predator; the Hailstones are presented with a key resource; Andy Bassich races the clock to provide food for himself and his sled dogs.
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With the summer ending, Alaskans must overcome exhaustion, injury and failure; after seeking medical aid, Andy returns home to pick up the pieces; Jessie harvests salmon; Sue searches for winter food; the Hailstones gather key resources.
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Sue deals with a flooded runway; the Hailstones patch their fishing net before the run of fish occurs in Kiwalik; Ricko and his children head out to secure camp food; Jessie builds a new raft to haul firewood throughout the summer season.
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Alaskans make the transition into the Arctic summer; the Hailstone family contends with a natural obstacle; Jessie harvests food; Sue hustles to protect Kavik before clients arrive; Ricko and his children face a deadly threat.
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A thawing landscape and endless sunlight provide new opportunities for the Alaskans. Sue begins a project; the Hailstones gather fresh greens; Jessie hunts for fresh meat; Ricko takes his children on a camping trip to sharpen their skills.
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Spring in Alaska leads to great activity; for Jessie Holmes, the melting tundra marks the final days of hauling resources with snow machines; migrating birds provide the Hailstones with new hunting opportunities.
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Sue sharpens her survival skills; Jessie sets out for food and medicine; Glenn burns a manmade structure to the ground so that nature can reclaim its rightful place; the Hailstones embark on a traditional hunt for valued seal meat and oil.
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The Hailstone family rushes to prepare camp for a possible storm; winds jeopardize Sue's camp and livelihood; as goose season opens, Ricko teaches his daughter to hunt; Glenn heads out to replenish his family's meat supply.
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Alaskans seize opportunities to improve their livelihoods; Sue settles back into life at Kavik; Ricko replaces the cabin stove; Jessie struggles to free his four-wheeler from the frozen mud; Chip and Agnes hunt an apex predator.
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A lifelong dream is within reach in the Arctic, and only Mother Nature stands in the way.
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Alaskans take to the frozen trails to harvest much-needed resources for dark winter.
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As the weather shifts in the Arctic, Alaskans brace for dark winter's wrath.
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Hard lessons must be learned to survive during the dark winter in the Arctic.
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In Alaska, any change in the weather pattern can throw off the natural balance of life.
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Alaskans scramble to secure provisions before winter; Andy Bassich must secure clean water to grow vital crops; Sue Aikens stalks a herd of caribou; Jessie Holmes returns to a familiar area to hunt a dangerous predator.
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Fire and ice play important roles in the Arctic tundra.
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The cast reflects on memorable moments; Sue Aikens faces her fears; Jessie Holmes enters a dog sled race; the Hailstones overcome adversity; Ricko DeWilde goes trapping; Glenn Villeneuve builds a unique shelter.
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For isolated Alaskans, strenuous labor is just a part of life.
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Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness demands constant innovation.
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The powerful bond between man and dog is crucial for survival in the Alaskan wild.

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