One of the toughest competitions in the world is back for round three. Ultimate Survival Alaska returns with season three as twelve of the world’s toughest outdoorsmen face off against each other, Mother Nature, and their own will to survive. Four teams – the Military, the Endurance team, the Alaskans, and the Lower 48 – face forbidding peaks, deadly tidal waves, massive glaciers, bottomless crevasses, man-eating predators and treacherous whitewater. Each leg, teams have just 60 hours to make it from start to finish…surviving off the land with only the gear on their backs. No GPS. No phone. No mercy. This fight to the finish isn’t about money or a prize; it’s about pushing the limits of human endurance. It’s about strength. It’s about determination. In the end, only one team will be crowned the Ultimate Alaskan Survivor.
This week's mission: Set out on Chichagof Island, home to more brown bears per square mile than any other place on earth, to reach the extraction in the fishing town of Pelican. The Mountaineers stumble upon a homesteader who loans them his rowboat. The Endurance team heads for higher ground where they're less likely to encounter bears. The Mountaineers are sailing to the extraction point, but when they hit the high winds and rough waters, the boat capsizes.
Ultimate Survival Alaska: Over the Falls
Mission: Bushwhack through 45 miles of dense forest at Tongass National Forest, plunge down steep, 70-foot waterfalls and battle the violent open ocean waters at Steven's Passage. With the Woodsmen and Military teams forging forward, the Endurance athletes are eager to build an early lead. After finding a quick route through the Tongass National Forest, they must rappel down the waterfall and Dallas nearly slips off his rope.
Ultimate Survival Alaska: Climb From Hell
The teams trek 30 miles up and over the snow-covered Tordrillo Mountains to reach the landing zone on the banks of Frustration Lake. The Military team sticks to lower elevations, but ends up staring a huge canyon straight in the face. The Endurance team's strategy of hiking up and over backfires when they run into a wall of ice. The Mountaineers are also climbing straight up, counting on their rock-climbing experience to get to the extraction point.
Ultimate Survival Alaska: River of Fury
The teams will navigate 50 miles of turbulent rivers, battle through a deadly stretch of whitewater rapids known as Hell's Gate and bushwhack through thick brush to reach the extraction point. Armed with their pack rafts, the Endurance athletes hit a mass of fallen trees in water so dangerous that one team member goes under, and the Military Team unknowingly takes a break in an area filled with bear. Across the valley, the Mountaineers have a different strategy.
Ultimate Survival Alaska: Hell Hole
The teams will traverse the treacherous Hayes Glacier, then bushwhack through dense forest on their way to the extraction zone 30 miles away. The Mountaineers charge through a glacial canyon and hit what might be a dead end, but expert ice climber Tyler isn't daunted by the 80-foot ice wall. The Endurance team gets a shock when their strategy leads them right to a dangerous 200-foot rappel. Military is making great time until a wrong step drops Grady into the depths of a deadly crevasse.
Ultimate Survival Alaska: Vice Grip
The teams cross a steep ridge to the crumbling Strandline Canyon, then trek 40 miles to the landing zone. The Military Team's strategy is to charge straight down the glacial drainage basin. Before they know it, they're up to their knees in quicksand. The Mountaineers follow the same flatland strategy, and Marty and Tyler are soon stuck in the quicksand. Endurance Team heads straight for the canyon and hopes to follow the winding valley to the landing zone, but a furious river blocks their path.