Life Below Zero

30 July 2014

In one of my quests for something new to binge watch, I stumbled down a wonderful rabbit hole of shows from National Geographic. Now, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for this company. My grandfather had a large collection of the magazines that I would thumb through as a kid. For one Christmas, he even got me my own subscription.

Anyway. One of these NatGeo shows has captured my heart.

NatGeo Life Below Zero

Life Below Zero is a show all about life in arctic Alaska. It follows a few people who live, for the most part, isolated in the beautiful wild of Alaska — mostly around or above the arctic circle.

It’s touted as a simpler life. And in many ways it is. But this is a tough way of life. And as these people state often, you have to want this to survive out there.

You spend the four months of summer just preparing so you can make it through the 8 months of winter. It’s intense. You can’t just go to the store. You can’t always just go to the doctor. And there are a lot of things that want to eat you. (Including like, 35 species of mosquitos.)

However… The absolutely beauty of Alaska. Which, I mean, is beyond intense at how incredibly beautiful Alaska is. The freedom to just go out and live. No worries about the 9-to-5. No worries about choosing between what you love and what you need to do to get by — it’s one in the same. Instead of over consumption, it’s subsistence living.

So much of that is appealing to me.


I realize that it’s TV. It’s edited and even romanticized — even the dangerous and hard parts. I know that as it stands now, I’d have no chance of surviving on my own in Alaska. For one, I never chopped firewood, nor have I done more than shoot a bb gun once or twice probably 17-18 years ago at a soda can. I can, however, skin a rabbit well enough to keep the fur. So I guess I have that going for me.

For now it’s just binge watching and daydreaming. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t envious of the people on the show. They know that’s the life they want. They do everything they can to keep it. And most of all, they love it.

Kavik Sue - Life Below Zero


  • Seriously? You live in sub-zero temperatures AND Have to deal with 35 different mosquito?
    There is no justice in this world.
    I’m sure I could learn to chop wood and shoot, my death would lie in the extreme cold.
    My blood would freeze.
    And I’d be dead.
    Goodbye! 😉

    • Erini

      Yeah, that whole thing about the freezing cold AND the mosquitoes is kinda really not ok. But the mosquitoes are really just for 2 months-ish. But yeah.

      I think I could deal with the cold, the polar vortex wasn’t bad. I actually moved during it, which was interesting. I think the just crazy beautifulness of Alaska makes any of the hard things worth it.

  • OHEMGEE! I just discovered this show on Hulu and literally watched ALL OF IT in like three days that I had off work. IT’S AMAZING. I am so glad you posted about it because I thought I was the only one who watched it..

    • Erini

      Yay! Someone else who understands it!! I LOVE THIS. I actually looked up Sue’s campground online, it’s very much her personality on her site. If I could afford it, I would totally go stay with her for a week.

      • I LOOKED UP HER CAMP TOO! She actually looks different in the website photos, and I totally would go stay out there if it was financially doable.

        • Erini

          Something for the life list? 🙂 I wish there were more episodes!

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