Life Below Zero

What is “Life Below Zero”?

Life Below Zero is a documentary television series which follow the lives and daily activities of subsistence hunters who live in the remote areas of Alaska, and seemingly spend all their time just surviving in difficult environmental conditions, including in a temperature often below zero. The series is broadcast on National Geographic Channel and is produced by BBC.

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Who Is In The Cast of “Life Below Zero”?

Speaking about the main characters of the series, these include Sue Aikens, a 54 year-old woman and the sole resident of Kavik river camp, located in Northern Alaska, and Glenn Villeneuve, a man who used to live in Burlington, Vermont until 1999, and who now resides alone in Chandlar, located 65 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Other main characters are Chip and Agnes Hailstone, a couple who has seven children and live on the Kobuk River in Noorvik. Agnes is a Native Alaskan, born in Noorvik and has family ties to “the land that extends thousands of years and knowledge”. Other members of the cast are Andy Bassich, who lives on the Yukon River, Jessie Holmes and Erik Salitan.

Who Died on This TV Show?

Luckily, no one from the cast as hdied, but one of its main characters, Sue Aikens, stated that the producer, Aaron Mellman “strong-armed her into a variety of hazardous scenarios”, adding that the only reason why he did it was to create drama for the show. One of the incidents she mentioned was when he asked her to expose her face, despite an extremely cold windchill, because he wanted the audience to see her better.

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The Hailstones

An interesting segment of the series concerns the Hailstones, Chip and Agnes, who have seven children, including their five daughters and her two sons from a previous marriage. Chip was born as Edward V Hailstone in Kalispell, Montana, in 1969, which means that he is almost 50 years old today. He spent his formative years fishing and doing other outdoor activities, which would help him in his Alaskan life in the future. He visited Alaska at the age of 19 and eventually decided to spend his life in Noorvik, where he later on met a fellow hunter, Agnes whom he would marry. When it comes to Agnes, she was born in 1972, which means that her husband is three years her senior. The couple has five daughters together, named Tinmiaq, Iriqtaq, Mary, Caroline and Qutan. Despite living in a remote part of the world, and being focused on hunting and fishing, the girls haven’t neglected their education, and Iritaq matriculated from high school in 2015, furthermore continuing her education and enrolling into college. She and her sister Mary were both athletes during their time in high school. It is important to mention that Iritaq is a mom already, which make Chip and Agnes grandparents.

Episodes

“Life Below Zero” had its first season in 2013, and is still in the process of being filmed as of 2018. It has had 102 episodes so far, with James Franzo as the narrator. Some of the most prominent episodes include “Unfamiliar Territory”, which follows Sue as she leaves Kavik for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In the same episode, Glenn fells a tree near his cabin, and Agnes and three of her daughters go hunting. Other most positively reviewed episodes include “Hell and High Water” and “There Be Monsters”.

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Posted by Life Below Zero on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Net Worth

So just how rich is the cast of “Life Below Zero”? According to authoritative sources, Sue Aikens has net worth of $500,000, whereas Agnes Hailstone has net worth of $125,000 and her husband Chip $200,000. Andy Bassich and his now ex-wife have a combined net worth of $250,000 and Glenn Villeneuve has accumulated $500,000. Their net worth has mostly been earned from their careers in making the previously mentioned documentary series.

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Why is Chip in Prison?

In July 2011, the patriarch of the Hailstone family, Chip, was convicted of providing false information to police officers. He claiming that an Alaskan state trooper physically assaulted his daughter Tinmiaq. According to his interview for “Arctic Sounder”, he stated that the officer held his daughter in a submissive hold after she stretched her arms towards him while talking. In addition to that, Hailstone added that trooper’s actions left his family in deep fear for their lives. As the result of that, he was supposed to spend three years in prison.

Criticism

Despite the effort of the series to picture Alaska as a remote and slightly dangerous place, many have pointed out that Alaska is actually connected with roads and has WiFi as well as many other advances and appliances of the contemporary world. In addition to that, the temperature is not always below the zero, as the show claims.

Sources and references:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_Below_Zero
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6225874/
https://www.facebook.com/Susan-AikensLife-Below-Zero-1443921995851192/
https://twitter.com/hashtag/lifebelowzero?lang=en
https://www.instagram.com/lifebelowzeropt/

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19 Comments

  1. Interesting to read about ”Me” LOL!

    Im not a Felon anymore, anyways and my Felony conviction has been set aside, and Im moving forward with suing/prosecuting the Alaska State Troopers whop tampered with the recordings they indicted and convicted me with.

    Its nice to use a real rifle again , I hope you all enjoy the show!!

    Chip

    1. Hi Chip, greetings from South Africa. I love watching the show to see your adventures with your family. I hope to one day come spend a year in Alaska on a working holiday as it’s the one place I’ve always been fascinated by.

      Kind Regards,

      Patrick

    2. Hello from Kentucky, Chip.

      I am (…ashamed to admit) somewhat envious of you, your family and lifestyle. You are all so loving to one another, and so down-to-earth. Which is so very admirable and uplifting; especially, in today’s world.

      As you are my favorites on the series, it’s always a pleasure to see you on each episode. You both are natural teachers, so I love learning how-to’s and methods from you and your beautiful Agnes, whom I definitely appreciate for her native culture, knowledge and wisdom, as well as you, for your dedication to your family, and for your own talents and experiences.

      So, in closing, take care of yourselves, stay safe, and God bless each of you. As woman and mother/grandmother of 62 years, I absolutely adore Agnes, so please extend my greetings to her and give her a hug and kiss for me. I sincerely do admire her for being such a strong and positive role model for her children – and, for all womankind.

      ~Rhonda Abrams
      From the Mountains of Appalachian Kentucky

  2. They are NOT subsistence hunters!! They run around on snow machines and seem to have an endless supply of fuel for heat and gasoline for the toys. They need to quit shooting animals and fly in food instead of gasoline

    1. Please, you wouldn’t last one week out there mid-winter, especially with your precious snowflake feelings. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  3. moat people on this show can’t hit the broad side of a barn. Continuity in editing sucks like your read about weapons swap hands and even types between “adjacent shots”, people get off snowgos multiple times in different order, background swaps orientation, people supposedly miles from anything have other buildings/structures appear briefly behind them, in one shot a fish clearly gets caught just as the camera pans away while the very next shot the person says they didn’t find anything… completely garbage production. Agnes is super hot though.

  4. i love the netflix show and they must try and make it REAL not fake stuff and endanger the folks, willing to show us their lives. Shame on the producer who harassed Sue. She should have punched him in the face.

  5. Where is andy bassitch ? why has he not been on the show this season ? andy is much more entertaining than yeah me sue akins !

  6. Glenn, were you part of the Villeneuve family that owned a lot of land in the Waterbury, Duxbury, Vt. area? If so, my Dad was good friends with your father. We followed your father around at different logging operations and cleaned up the tops and headers.

  7. WHY DONT THE HAILSTONES USE TRIPODS AND SCOPES WHEN SHOOTING CARABU? BLASTING AWAY AT TARGETS AT 2 OR 3 HUNDRED YARDS RUNNING IS BOUNT TO INJURE THIER PREY.IAM NOT A DOGOODER BUT WHEN I HUNT I LIKE TO DO IT HUMANELY .I ASSUME THEY CUT THE THROATS OF THE INJURED CARABU .AND SAVE BULLETS AS WELL.ROBERT HOOD

  8. What’s up with Sue Aikens? Every time she walks out the door to check on her fuel, or to shit for that matter, there’s so many things that can kill her. Weather, river, or some (absent) predator, she’s at death’s door. Jeezus woman, get out of there if that’s all on your mind!

    And that abusive Bassich? “living off the land” MY ASS! The guy’s clearly loaded. He’s got, essentially, fucking building contractor’s equipment with a tractor and backhoe and shit. Always working on “projects.” (rolling my eyes here). You clearly have enough resources (cash) to feed your dogs, so quit WASTING BY KILLING so many salmon!!! Jeezus fracking Kroist, buy some goddamn dog food you wasteful ASS

  9. Sue Aikens is the only one I like to watch. The lady lives alone and survives in the harshest of environments and runs her business. The Hailstones are fake. I don’t think Chip is a very nice guy and Agnes is sooooooo dumb and irritating. “Yeah we got a duck!” Ugh!

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