Life Below Zero: The Thaw
After fighting through the dark winter freeze, six Alaskans spend their summer racing against the clock to prepare to do it all over again.
Series 5 EPISODES (16)
1 Unfamiliar Territory
To prepare for dark winter in the Arctic, Alaskans must hunt, fish, and overcome challenges as they travel through unfamiliar territories. With the last of the longer days coming to an end, they must stockpile resources.
2 Howl of the Wild
From scouting for resources in sub-zero temperatures to hiking the countryside in search of food, those who dwell on the frontier of the Arctic must do whatever is in their power to secure their homesteads for the cold that lies ahead.
3 The 11th Hour
As the days grow shorter in the Arctic, Alaskans struggle to accomplish their daily tasks. For Glenn and Andy, freezing temperatures and thick ice mean increased difficulties for trapping. In conditions such as these, adaptation is the key.
4 Burn the Midnight Oil
In the darkest time of the year, Alaskans must use the brief daylight to hunt for food and sharpen their survival skills. The only way to push through the gruelling temperatures and conditions of dark winter is to burn the midnight oil.
5 Arctic Super Moon
During the coldest and darkest days of winter in the Arctic, securing the simple essentials needed to survive - such as water and firewood - requires Alaskans to explore remote locations unlike any other place on Earth.
6 Winter's Grip
A late freeze in the Arctic makes for dangerous conditions, and presents new challenges to Alaskans. Travel on the treacherous trails becomes riskier, and a lack of water forces Alaskans to use their own ingenuity to adapt and survive.
7 Shelter from the Storm
To maximise the final weeks of winter, Alaskans travel to higher territories to build shelter, gather important firewood, harvest new food sources, and freight heavy loads across the still-frozen landscape.
8 False Start
As the spring season approaches, Alaskans are forced to prepare for the challenging days ahead, and reflect on what could be successful through the darkness of another long, punishing winter in the bush.
9 The Thaw: Homecoming
The arrival of longer days and warmer temperatures makes for easier travel, and Alaskans take advantage by heading out to hunt migrating birds and harvest meat and fur, securing their camps to protect them from flooding in the meantime.
10 The Thaw: New Territory
During the Arctic spring, Alaskans take advantage of the warm weather and 24-hour daylight to complete tasks that are impossible in the winter months.
11 The Thaw: Facing Fears
A brief window of opportunity opens for Alaskans to make their lives easier when winter returns, and these pioneers take full advantage of the endless daylight to survive and thrive during the Arctic summer.
12 The Thaw: To Catch a King
In the Arctic, Alaskans rely on the surrounding waterways to provide quick transportation and valuable resources throughout the warm summer months, when Alaskans work tirelessly to prepare for the long winter ahead.
13 The Thaw: The Intruder
With the Arctic summer in full swing, Alaskans must take advantage of the endless sunlight to harvest the season’s resources, or their winter preparation is at stake.
14 The Thaw: The Heavy Load
With Autumn approaching, the race is on to complete crucial tasks in Alaska. The king salmon run provides an opportunity to stockpile food for winter.
15 The Thaw: The Widowmaker
As the Arctic summer turns to fall and temperatures begin their decline, Alaskan ingenuity assists in securing materials for the coming freeze. To prepare for the winter ahead, bush-dwellers brave dangerous encounters with hungry predators.
16 The Thaw: The Close Encounter
Remote Alaskans face new dangers and deadly challenges when spring finally approaches and they have the Big Thaw to contend with.