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"Life Below Zero – The Thaw" on BBC Knowledge

Photo Credit: BBC Knowledge

Photo Credit: BBC Knowledge

After the long harsh winter, spring breakup strikes, bringing rising temperatures and mounting challenges for remote Alaskans. The thaw marks the start of the most taxing time of year in Alaska. Those living off the grid must work their hardest to hunt, gather, and harvest vital resources before the freeze takes hold again.

On the North Slope, Sue Aikens has survived her first year as owner of Kavik River Camp, but the thaw has thrown her and her business new obstacles. As temperatures rise, Sue must battle floodwaters that threaten her equipment and her most profitable season before it even begins.

Chip & Agnes Hailstone move their family south to summer camping grounds on the Kiwalik River. An early breakup on the river has The Hailstone family seizing every opportunity to stack fresh camp meat. The family looks to the skies as well as the river to harvest a variety of food for survival.

Andy and Kate have survived the Yukon River breakup, but the work to sustain their remote homestead has only begun. Springtime projects begin, the first being to secure a working shelter from the elements and a fence to protect their vital yearly crop.

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