The Alaska Experiment

Season 1 Episode 5

Alaska Bites Back

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 20, 2008 on Discovery Channel
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Alaska Bites Back
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Tim, Allan and Jasmine learn that hiking from Flower Lake to Hawkins Glacier is no walk in the park. They estimate their journey will take three days as the crow flies, but they have some major obstacles in their way: blizzards, ice shelves, rivers, and the toll taken by their bodies from dehydration. Greg and Bernice have some problems as well at Hawkins Glacier, and Jeff and Elizabeth take a trip of their own to find the mouth of Icy Bay.moreless

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    Allan Aujero

    Allan Aujero

    Team Flower Lake

    Jasmine Kung

    Jasmine Kung

    Team Flower Lake

    Bernice Pierson

    Bernice Pierson

    Team Hawkins Glacier

    Greg Pierson

    Greg Pierson

    Team Hawkins Glacier

    Tim Wagner

    Tim Wagner

    Team Flower Lake

    Elizabeth Widmeyer

    Elizabeth Widmeyer

    Team Back Bay

    Mocean Melvin

    Mocean Melvin

    Narrator

    Recurring Role

    Paul Claus

    Paul Claus

    Alaska Survival Expert

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Team Flower Lake: The three are feeling confident of having plenty of supplies for winter, so they take what they believe will be a 4-5 day hike to Hawkins Glacier to vist Greg and Bernice. But they encounter unexpected pitfalls, and arrive seven days later with no food or water.

        Team Hawkins Glacier: With wolves circling the cabin daily, Greg and Bernice spend more and more time in the cabin, but find cabin fever can be just as frightening as wolves.

        Team Back Bay: With dwindling food supplies, Jeff and Elizabeth hike to the ocean to look for clams, but find the Wises' out having a fun day in the snow, and stay with their neighbors overnight.

        Team Riou Point: The three are getting tired of salmon, but when Jeff and Elizabeth drop by for a visit, they learn that they have many blessings to be envied, and many accomplishments to feel proud of attaining.

      • Dehydration is a real danger in the wild, and eating snow will not assuage the body's need. Because water expands as it's crystallized, it's nearly impossible to eat enough to satisfy the body's requirements. And a secondary danger is that eating snow lowers the body's core temperature, making it worse than pointless to try.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Tim: There was not a day passed, in the past seven days on this trek when we haven't feared for our life. Everything from crossing over frozen tundra, crossing over rivers, to climbing up a moraine. So who knows what other obstacles Nature throws at us?

      • Allan: (trekking over a moraine) It's hard, difficult to explain. It's nothing like I've experienced before. Just walking... it's gonna take so much strength to pick yourself up after you fall.

      • Jasmine: We tried to plan and estimate, but it's so easy when you think something's going to be forty miles to say, 'Oh, if you do eight to ten miles a day, you can get there in four to five days. Back home, you ask me to do ten, fourteen miles in a day, no problem. Out here, that could take days.

      • Jennifer: (as they make a snowman) How big do you want to make this monster?!
        Dennis: This is a big state!

      • Greg: (on cabin fever) You know, I don't know if it's the wilderness, or if it's just, you know, this place. Just has a ton of energy and, you know, lost souls. I really don't know what it is, but I can tell you that I suffer nightmares daily here at this place.

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