Ultimate Survival Alaska

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Ultimate Survival Alaska
Genre Reality competition
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 23
Executive producer(s) Brian Catalina
Kristina Wood
John Magennis
Claire Kosloff
Victoria Levy
Peter Goest
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Brian Catalina Productions
Original channel National Geographic Channel
Picture format
Original run May 12, 2013 (2013-05-12) – present
External links

Ultimate Survival Alaska is 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 is executive produced by Brian Catalina, Kristina Wood, John Magennis, Claire Kosloff, Victoria Levy, and Peter Goest.[2]

Ultimate Survival Alaska focuses on survivalist men and women who are dropped off in the Alaskan wilderness where they compete with each other in various wilderness races.[3] The survivalists are dropped off by aircraft in the Alaskan wilderness where they compete in races through Alaska's unpredictable weather, barren landscapes, and hostile predators.[3][4]

Series overview[edit]

Season 1 (2013)[edit]

In the first season, 10 episodes document the survivalists' experiences at specific location points during the 3,000-mile (4,800 km) race.[5] The main goal in each episode is to survive using minimal gear, and to reach a certain destination point within 72 hours.[6]


Season 2 (2013/14)[edit]

The second season had 13 episodes and focused on four teams of survivalists 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 terrain for each leg of the contest. In Season 2, the time limit to reach the end of each leg was reduced down to 60 hours.[3]


The contestants were divided into four teams of three.[7]

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


Team Contestants Position (by leg)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 111
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 Reyes2 1st 4th 1st 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st2 3rd 2nd 2nd
Mountaineers Marty Raney, Tyler Johnson, Thomas Ginn 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd
Woodsmen Yote Robertson, Tina "Timber Tina" Scheer, Jimmy Gaydos 4th 1st 4th1
  1. ^ The Woodsmen Team was eliminated after missing Extraction due to Jimmy's injury.
  2. a b Rudy left the competition after Episode 7 due to an injury.
  3. ^ Leg 11 was double-length, shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.

Critical reception[edit]

David Hinckley of the Daily News gave 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 only thing that really looks warm is that big old bear in the brown coat, and he doesn’t look like he’s interested in sharing any of the insulation."[8]


The show has been accused by critics of being staged. Craig Medrid 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 the founders of the National Geographic Society could never imagine."[9]


  1. ^ "Shows A-Z - ultimate survival alaska on ngc". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ultimate Survival Alaska: Cast & Crew". MSN TV. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ultimate Survival Alaska | National Geographic Channel". Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ultimate Survival Alaska - Series Overview - MSN TV". MSN TV. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ultimate Survival Alaska Episodes on National Geographic". TV Guide. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "'Ultimate Survival Alaska' to Premiere Sunday, May 12 on National Geographic". Zap2it. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Meet the Survivalists From Season Two". Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Hinckley, David (14 December 2013). "‘Ultimate Survival Alaska,’ TV review". Daily News. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Medrid, Craig (19 February 2014). "'Ultimate Survival Alaska': Real, unreal entertainment". Alaska Dispatch News. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 

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