This season of IRT is terrible. Hugh is now believing the hype that he is the road king. He is running a business with what look like poorly maintained t Half the problems one guy is having is because of the truck, not huis fault. I suppose that's all for effectrucks, and with him and Vlad out who IS maintaining the fleet? Just how many more times can we stand to hear "If the truck goes Ive also noticed what look like different loads on the trucks in long shots, the editor needs to watch what hes doing.
The show is still great , a great season full of surprises, hope the fella who got the battery burns is doing great , very scary ! My best wishes for all to be safe , Love this show, hope it is kept on ! Be safe You All !Thanks for all the truckers and all they do ! :)
Ok, so I always knew they exagerated the suspense a little bit, but this latest season is just ridiculous. History must think its viewers are idiots. It used to be about REAL truck drivers expressing REAl opinions, now there are so many times where a response sounds scripted and instead of getting to know the characters and hearing them the focus has become on constant non-stop dramatic moments.
I still like the show other than the drama.I Still watch the show and have all ways wonder what the guys listen to on the radio up there in Alaska.I`m just curious what other good stations these guys listen to on there long journey`s across the state of Alaska? Because its the most beautiful state in our loving country in the United States Of America.
We used to love Ice Road Truckers. Not so much anymore! Why did you have to bring idiots on and get rid of the girls. There is to much testosterone and to much fighting. PLEASE bring Lisa and Mya back!
i have a Class A licence,I know how hard it is to drive on Normal roads.I Know Truckers that have 25+ years driving under their belts that would NEVER do what they do! Alex and " Polar Bear,"The Best of the Best!!
Irt is a good show but the clowns such as yemm-porkchop-are to much.They are both complete idiots.Porkchop reminds me of a imbreed-brain dead something.I would hate to see how he lives in the lower 48.I guess a pig sti would fit.Why would you put this thing on a road for in the first place.And yemm is another brain dead.I like watching the show but when I see these clowns oh well.And this jack jesse should not have any senroity he quit and came back there for he lost it all and should have to start from the bottem.Who is he on his knees for?
Jack jessey has been working for the company for like 10 years and Daryls all pist off because Jack got the Haul back load. What a A$$ hole. So Dayrl thinks he should get the best loads and haul backs because....? exactly dickhead. this is your first year so please explain why you should of got the haul back instead of someone whos been there for 10 years! And then when you do get a haul back because somone had a Faimly emergency you dont even care. What really shows your true colors is when you did get the haul back you said its Karma because jack stole your original haul back. Well im glad some poor guys family emergency made you happy you A$$s hole! I totaly lost all respect for you. So if Reno gets hurt and you need to go home why should anyone care? and who names there kid Reno anyways. Your a real piece of crap dude!
it does look hard but for the money its quite good i think a few thousand dollars for a few hundred miles. it must be very scary on the ice, with it cracking and giving with every extra ton it takes. the temperture up there is just freezing in one episode it was -40 and a guy jumped out his truck in a t shirt that must of frozon him. i just wish i could drive the road once that would be good enough for me. the don't sleep at all i need at least ten hours sleep a day haha.
This is one of those shows that should have ended after the first season. History Channel is one of my favorites and they usually knock em out of the park with cool and interesting shows but this one bores me to death. Sorta up there with Deadliest Catch. At least if you have a fan base don't run it all day long and make the rest of us suffer. Change up your programming jeez. What is this the 3rd season? How bout a show about truckers in general having to drive through the craziest of traffic like Atlanta and the other commuters who have no respect for them and throw in some true stories of crazy accidents etc. At least you could change it up every week with different stories and cities.
I find it interesting that this show premiered when in did. For a while, we were stuck with ridiculous reality T.V. shows and mildly interesting documentary. But when Deadliest Catch premiered on The Discovery Channel all of that changed. The History Channel seemed desperate to capitalize on the Reality-Documentary shows that show deadly jobs. Thus we get Ice Road Truckers. Being a huge fan of Deadliest Catch, I thought this would be interesting and I gave it a try. No matter what, I just couldn't get into. Though the work is certainly dangerous, most of the show is just plain boring. Eventually something exciting happens, but afterwards we find ourselves back to the monotonous grind. Maybe this just isn't my cup o' tea, but I just can't recommend this show.
I've been watching this show since the first episode in season one. I find the facts so interesting. I had never heard of such a thing as ice roads before this aired. With all the serious bull going on in my life now, I find it refreshing to watch something I don't have to concentrate to hard on. Even though it's pretty simple to follow along, this show has still captured my attention, and kept it, (which is hard to do!) The possible danger, and the fact that they allow us to see them on a semi-personal level makes the show. I watch it religously every Sunday now! Something about big burly men does it for me, lmao......
I agree with DieselCowboy. I didn't know that the people used in the Canadian part of the show had been kicked off, but two are now on the Alaska part of the show. Don't know if Hugh Roland is as big an ass as he is portrayed, hope not! Most of the situations are staged for dramatic effect. While I will agree that it takes some Arctic Driving and Arctic Survival knowledge to drive the Dalton Hwy, it is no where near as bad as depicted. I helped build the Alaska Pipeline, and drove the Haul Road (now called the Dalton) as a teamster. I like the show because it brings back fond memories of the best job I ever had, and the best place I ever lived. But I have to laugh at some of the so called situations they dream up. Interesting yes. Reality no.
i would like every one to know that the drivers on this show are no longer driving the ice road to the mines because they where kicked off from to many safty and securety infractions. the ice road is what you make of it yourself if yor not prepaired and dont know what your doing you will have problems. i have hauled loads up to 200,000lbs to diavik, bhp, and debeers mins for 8 years and never had problems being stuck on portages, my truck breaking down, feul or air lines freezing up, or goin threw the ice. i have had my share of problems dont get me wrong, i have been stranded on the ice or portages due to weather (3 times) but alwys caried 3 days minimum of food with me, candles heat packs, small propane torches and heater, large propane tiger torch and a full set of arctic clothes and boots rated to -100c. i insulated all the water lines to keep antifreeze (engine coolant) from freezing, made sure my air tanks where free of water and mosture, which was tuff cause i always hauled from edmonton alberta the climate change ranged 60 degres some times, plus uesd lots of methol alcohol in the air tanks and lines to keep them from freezing. insulated my power steering lines to keep oil flowing better and lines from breaking,lots of feul conditioner, water and degelling additive to keep feul frm gelling and freezing. always had new tires to start out the winter and 2 high quality sets of tire chains usually custom made of 5/16 chain. had external frost filters on my air breathers to keep frost and snow out of the air fillters so the engine wouldnt starve for air. i ran a 97 w900l kenworth always kept in tip top shape which i used till 2006 on the ice road which was the worst year ever for ice thickness i was one of the last trucks out, loaded at 130,000lbs on 17 inches of ice i was stranded on a portage for 3 days because of a blowout on a lake, maintaince bridged the blowout with rig mats and froze them in so we could cross and get out, we drove 15ft away from open water (i was with 6 other trucks). now i run a grader opening the road and maintaining it, we usualy start just after christmas. we first start with profiling with a tracked amphib. vehicle with raidar tha penatrates the ice for thickness. we start opening with snow cats and light plow trucks(16 inches of ice min to start opening) when we reach 24 inches i can use the grader, all equipment has singers (long steel poles that stick out of the sides and front rear) so that if we break through the ice they hopefuly hit the ice and distribute the weigh and keep from sinking or give us operators enuff time to jump from the cab, we also are required to wear life jackets while we are opening the road. we use pumps and water canons to flood the ice 24hrs a day only stopping for shift change, we work 12hr shifts 7 days a week for three weeks then have a week off. we fly in to camp from yellowknife nt by helocopter, i myself live in edmonton ab so i fly from edmonton to yellowknife. we freeze the portages (little bits of land between lakes,95% of the road is on lakes its about 350 miles long) with water and snow using graders, drags and water trucks which we usualy have at least have one break trough the ice once a year but they load close to shore so waters not that deep but gives the driver a little scare but i can usualy drag them out with the grader. we open the road to trucks with half loads at 38 inches of ice full loads at 48 inches (road opend this year jan 26). its march 2nd and as of now 4000 loads cross the road and we pulled alot of trucks out of snow banks over portages and just in general broke down due to saftey (tired drivers asleep at wheel and speed) poor equipment an inexperianced drivers. now this is one of the most dangerous jobs in the word and just facts it is the longest ice road in the world. but the ice is good and thick it should be a good year. if u have any coments or questions feel free to email me email@example.com or just tell me to shut up lol.
Coming from The History Channel, you know it has to have some Educational, Documentary, or Informational Value to it. But this time, it isn't based on anything in the United States. This time, it is in the Fridged Canadian Northwest Territories.
I did not get hooked on this series until the Second or Third Episode. I liked it especially due to the humor of Hugh and "His Gang", as well as Alex.
It states that the Tradition of Making Runs over the Frozen Lakes north of Yellowknife, NT has been going since the 1930s, as large Metals Deposits were found in the Area in the Northwest Territores. It is not still going just for Metals, but now Minerals.
Many Drivers Come from Around The World to take the Challenge every season, and not just foreigners come, Locals as well. Also Young Drivers, like T.J. and Jay do it.
Now, that is a little information if you have not seen it just yet. I Gave this series a 10 Out Of 10. I like watching it. I especially liked the Young Guys, as well as Hugh and Alex. Very Great Series, Great Job!
I dont like reality shows. But this is a good show about semis and things I like. My favorite driver is TJ. Jay is my second favorite, but I like them all except Hugh. Hugh is nothing but a jerk. I also like how they have to take big loads to the minds in Canada. It also entertaining when they cuss back and fourth at eachother on the CB radio. Its basically a great show. I dont see how you cant like it. The only time its bad is when a truck falls throught the ice and that hasnt happened yet. So if you like trucks like me. This is a show for you. 10/10.
Only two come to mind Ice Road Truckers being one and Deadliest Catch being the other.
Now why do I hate all other reality shows and not the above two.
Quiet simply X Factor, American Idol, Big Brother, and all the rest of these pointless programs try and make some gormless talentless no mark into an over night singing or TV show sensation with disastrous results, Ice Road Truckers and Deadliest Catch show these men and women put there lives in danger everyday of the week just to earn a living for there family, they don't get anything easy and are not set up for life at the end of the series, they work until they either retire or illness and/or death make them stop.
OMG what an awesome show!! Those guys need medals to do that stuff...Wish i had the guts to do that sort of stuff, what an experience it would be. Hope we get to see more of what goes on!! Keep trucking guys, we're hope ya'll come out the other end, every time!!! Watching it gives me the chills, especially when the camera goes under the ice, to hear and see the ice cracking is scary!! Bet the drivers haven't seen that before, because i know i wouldnt be driving over it if i had lol... Hope you all make it home safe, every trip!! Regards Penny (from Australia)
When I first saw ads on this show I basically wrote it off as a waste of time. Well one evening they were doing a marathon, so I decided to watch it for awhile. After watching an episode I was hooked. I'm not big on reality shows, but to me this was different and that's why I liked it. By the end of the season I had watched almost every episode. My friends and I still talk about this show and I can't wait to see it next season and who comes back and drives the ice road, and who doesn't.
This show follows the experiences of truckers who carry the supplies needed by remote towns and businesses in western Canada. The battle is not just between driver and deadline, as it often is in 'standard' trucking, but between the driver and the very landscape itself. Watch in anxious excitement as the camera shows you the ice sheets almost breaking up under the tonnage of the transports. Listen to the drivers tell you what it's like to stay alert and healthy on this treacherous journey. Not all of the characters are likeable, but the stories are involving and rewarding. It's not so much a race only for speed. It's a challenge and an adventure.
Ice Road Truckers is one heck of a show. It offers amazing insight into a little known industry. You get a first person view at what it's like to be on the ice, inside a truck, and even below the ice! All of the truckers are great for the show. You get to watch all the wicked weather right from the comfort of your couch but it feels like your really there on the ice road. There are several complaints that the episodes get repetitive and while some parts are similar in several episode, the show doesn't seem to get old and you learn new things about ice road trucking in every episode. Can't wait until Season 2!
Ice Road Truckers was a good idea in the beginning, but I feel one or two episodes would have brought the viewer an interesting, informative show. I feel the newness is wearing off very fast and I'll be looking for another show to watch.
Last night I watched an Ice Road Truckers episode on the History Channel. I didn't watch the entire hour, but when I woke up from my snooze a couple hours later, another episode was on. I realized that the History Channel was showing this seasons episodes in succession.
I have to be honest, I am not sure I'll be looking forward to next seasons round of shows. How many times can you talk to the same driver and get another angle of what his or her job is like. The episode that I watched included a "convoy" owner and his somewhat inexperienced drivers. The usual attitudes, problems and social life issues were "exposed" and weren't too different from those of us who truck in the lower 48. The only real difference between what we do and what those guys up in the Yukon do is that they drive for a living on frozen lakes.
The thing I found most interesting about the Ice Road Truckers was the way they had to drive on the frozen lakes. I didn't realize that the weight of a fully loaded truck caused a wave effect under the ice and when two opposing waves collide, it causes the ice to "blow up" in so many words. When the ice blows up, it causes an immediate hole in the ice and the trucks can fall through. Care must be taken to drive slow enough on the ice to prevent large waves under the ice and to slow down when passing another truck. Drivers also have to worry about thinning ice and weak spots caused by the constant movement of trucks over the ice. Another worry for the Ice Road Truckers is constant breakdowns in -50F degree weather. Did you know that if a truck idles on a frozen lake for too long, the constant vibration of the trucks idle will eventually cause cracks in the ice and the possibility of falling through the ice is very real.
Ice Road Truckers was very interesting from a "scientific" point of view. The constant road maintenance and methods of thickening the ice were very informative and gave me new insight into the problems faced by road crews who keep the ice roads open. As for life on the road and the personal problems faced by the actual drivers, it was probably not necessary to cover that much information in the show.
I am wondering if the producers of Ice Road Truckers were looking for "filler" to keep the show going? It seemed as if they took an idea from another show, Most Dangerous Catch, and added a trucking twist to the show. I can see viewers turning the channel when they realize that there isn't much new information episode to episode. Unfortunately, it seems as if the camera people or producers of the show are glorified ambulance chasers looking for the next good shot of a truck falling through the ice or running off the road. If that were the premise of the show, I could certainly suggest that the producers spend a month on the winter roads of the mid-west or northwest.
As a professional driver, I respect the jobs the truckers of the Yukon do over the course of 60 days or so every winter, but I don't appreciate the way the producers of Ice Road Truckers look for tragedy to sell the show. I just can't give a "thumbs up" for Ice Road Truckers.
I know people can die driving trucks across frozen bodies of water but this show doesnt come close to the far superior "Deadliest Catch". Deadliest Catch has spawned numerous copy cat shows like this one and one about Lobster fisherman which Ive never watched. This one just doesnt grab me like Deadliest Catch does.
My biggest question is: What the heck is this show doing on the HISTORY Channel? Discovery Channel or TLC? Ok, but the HISTORY Channel? Theres absolutely no real history on this show. Airing M*A*S*H* reruns would contain more history than this show. The History Channel is getting off track of late. Theyve even aired Mel Gibsons "The Road Warrior" - a great inconic movie, but how is that movie history? Well, that movie was made in the past and redefined the post apocalyptic genre, but thats really stretching the definition of history. Granted most of what they show is real history (various wars, events in world history, ect) but lately they are really pushing the envelope, especially with a show like Ice Road Truckers... which should be on networks like Discovery and TLC.
I love this show...perhaps it is because TJ Tilcox is my step brother?? HAHA that could be a very good reason why i watch it religously! But over all it is a great show! You gotta respect what those men do out there for! Thanks to them all us ladies have pretty diamonds on our fingers!! I don't think that it could be any better of a show..something new happens every single week and it keeps me on my toes..i never know what is going to happen in next weeks episode. Im disapointed that it didn't air in Canada, thank god for the internet!!!!
The show so far is pretty good. The characters are funny and were getting to know there varying personalities well. So far Alex is my favorite. But the show is missing something, I don't know what. Maybe they need more banter between the truckers. I don't know, I guess I'm waiting for the car crash aspect of this race, waiting for a truck to go through the ice. That's horrible of me to say, I know. But I need a little bit more excitement other than broken down trucks. The educational aspect of the show is interesting and I think we all have learned everything there is to know about ice trucking so far. All in all, I like the truckers personalities and hope to see more of that razor sharp trucker wit in the upcoming episodes.
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