Ultimate Survival Alaska

Ultimate Survival Alaska was an American television reality competition series produced by Brian Catalina Productions that premiered on the National Geographic Channel on May 12, 2013. [1] The series was executive produced by Brian Catalina, Kristina Wood, John Magennis, Claire Kosloff, Victoria Levy, and Peter Goest. [2]

Ultimate Survival Alaska focused on survivalist men and women who were dropped off in the Alaskan wilderness where they compete with each other in various wilderness breeds. [3]The survivalists were dropped by Alaskan wilderness where they compete in Alaska’s unpredictable weather, barren landscapes, and hostile predators. [3] [4] The series was canceled after season 3. [5]

Series overview

Season 1 (2013)

In the first season, 10 episodes document the survivalists’ experiences at specific location points during the 3,000-mile (4,800 km) race. [6] The main goal is to survive using minimal gear, and to reach a certain destination point within 72 hours. [7]

Cast

  • Austin Manelick [2]
  • Brent Sass [2]
  • Dallas Seavey [2]
  • Marty Raney [2]
  • Matt Raney [2]
  • Tyrell Seavey [2]
  • Tyler Johnson [2]
  • Willi Prittie [2]

Season 2 (2013/14)

The second season had 13 episodes and focused on four teams of survivors with different areas of expertise: woodsmen, mountaineers, military veterans, and endurance athletes. Each team had the task of reaching an extraction point faster than the other teams. There were multiple drop off and extraction points with different ground for each leg of the contest. In Season 2, the time limit has been reduced to 60 hours. [3]

Teams

The contestants were divided into four teams of three. [8]

Contestant Team Placing
Dallas Seavey Endurance 1st
Eddie Ahyakak
Sean Burch
Grady Powell Military 2nd
Jared Ogden
Rodolfo Reyes
Marty Raney Mountaineers 3rd
Tyler Johnson
Thomas Ginn
Yote Robertson woodsmen 4th
Tina “Timber Tina” Scheer
Jimmy Gaydos

Results

Team contestants Position (by leg)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1
Endurance Dallas Seavey , Eddie Ahyakak, Sean Burch 2nd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Military Grady Powell, Jared Ogden, Rudy Reyes 2 1st 4th 1st 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st 2 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd
Mountaineers Marty Raney, Tyler Johnson , Thomas Ginn 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd
woodsmen Robertson Yote, Tina “Timber Tina” Scheer, Jimmy Gaydos 4th 1st 4th 1
  1. ^ The Woodsmen Team Was eliminated after-extraction missing due to Jimmy’s injury.
  2. b Rudy left the competition after Episode 7 due to an injury.
  3. ^ Leg 11 was double-length, shown over two episodes. The investments listed in the first column reflect the order arrived at the leg’s halfway point.

Season 3 (2015)

Teams

For season 3 the series remains with the format of four teams of three. Italicized contestants are returning contestants from previous seasons.

Contestant Team Placing
Ben Johns Endurance 1st
Dallas Seavey
Lel Tone
Scott “Cluck” McCleskey Lower 48 2nd 1
Kasha Rigby
James Sweeney
Daniel Dean Military 3rd 1
Jared Ogden
Grady Powell
Tyler Johnson 4th
Marty Raney
Vern Tejas
  1. ^ Lower 48 & Military finished with 3 points each. However Lower 48 took 2nd place on 2nd-place finishes: 4-3.

Results

Team contestants Position (by leg)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 1 Number of points
Endurance Ben Johns, Seavey Dallas , Lel Tone 1st 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd 4th 2nd 2nd 1st 4th 1st 4th 1st 6
Lower 48 Scott “Cluck” McCleskey, Kasha Rigby , James Sweeney 2 4th 4th 2nd 1st 3rd 3rd 3rd 2 1st 2nd 2nd 4th 1st 2nd 3
Military Dean Daniel, Jared Ogden, Grady Powell 2nd 2nd 4th 2nd 1st 1st 4th 4th 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd 4th 3
Alaskans Tyler Johnson , Marty Raney, Vern Tejas 3rd 3rd 1st 4th 4th 2nd 1st 3rd 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd 2
  1. ^ Leg 13 was worth 2 points.
  2. ^ James Sweeney withdrew from the competition after Leg 7 in his back.

Episode list

Season One

No. in
series
No. in
season
title Original air date
1 1 “Arctic Hell” May 12, 2013
2 2 “River of no Return” May 19, 2013
3 3 “Into the Void” May 26, 2013
4 4 “Sink or Swim” June 2, 2013
5 5 “Belly of the Beast” June 9, 2013
6 6 “Desolation Island” June 16, 2013
7 7 “Desperate Measures” June 30, 2013
8 8 “Ice Cold Gamble” July 7, 2013
9 9 “Beasts of Prey” July 14, 2013
10 10 “Vertical Hell” July 21, 2013

Season Two

No. in
series
No. in
season
title Original air date
11 1 “Arctic Battleground” December 15, 2013
12 2 “Savage Beasts” December 22, 2013
13 3 “Over the Falls” December 29, 2013
14 4 “Climb From Hell” January 5, 2014
15 5 “River of Fury” January 12, 2014
16 6 “Hell Hole” January 19, 2014
17 7 “Vice Grip” January 26, 2014
18 8 “Guts & Glory” February 9, 2014
A recap episode covering the main events from the first seven episodes of the season. It also contains some sneak peeks of events that will occur in the final 5 episodes of the season.
19 9 “River of Doom” February 9, 2014
20 10 “Bear Kingdom” February 16, 2014
21 11 “Deep Dark Woods” February 23, 2014
22 12 “The Last Battle” March 2, 2014
23 13 “Fight to the Finish” March 9, 2014
24 14 “Game On” December 28, 2014
A recap episode covering all of the main events from season 2. It also contains a preview of the new teams in season 3.

Season Three

No. in
series
No. in
season
title Original air date
25 1 “Back for Blood” January 4, 2015
26 2 “Deadly Descent” January 4, 2015
27 3 “Crash Course” January 11, 2015
28 4 “Deadly Tide” January 18, 2015
29 5 “Devil’s Due” January 25, 2015
30 6 “Rogue Warrior” February 8, 2015
31 7 “Live Before You Die” February 8, 2015
32 8 “Savage Waters” February 15, 2015
33 9 “Kodiak Killers” February 22, 2015
34 10 “Covert Ops” March 1, 2015
35 11 “Long Way Down” March 8, 2015
36 12 “Knockout Punch” March 15, 2015
37 13 “Final Gauntlet” March 22, 2015

Critical reception

David Hinckley of the Daily News gives the second season a satisfactory review, saying “things do look consistently harsh and cold, which should satisfy most people who would watch a show about Alaska. the brown coat, and he does not look like he’s interested in sharing any of the insulation. ” [9]

Controversy

The show has been made by critics of being staged. Craig Medred of Alaska Dispatch called the series “The most unreal of reality shows.” National Geographic Channel has taken fictional reality, or real fiction, or whatever you call this 21st-century blend of true and phony, to places of the National Geographic Society could never imagine. ” [10]

References

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  8. Jump up^ “Meet the Survivalists From Season Two” . Retrieved 10 February2014 .
  9. Jump up^ Hinckley, David (14 December 2013). ” ‘ Ultimate Survival Alaska,’ TV review . Daily News . Retrieved 8 July 2014 .
  10. Jump up^ Medrid, Craig (19 February 2014). ” ‘ Ultimate Survival Alaska’: Real, unreal entertainment” . Alaska Dispatch News . Retrieved 8 July 2014 .