Sue Aikens, star of National Geographic’s Life Below Zero, lives a unique life at Kavik River Camp, roughly 500 miles from the nearest city and 80 miles from the nearest road. Hunting animals, dealing with the harsh terrain and seeing the majestic beauty of the nearby Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Aikens works long days to survive and thrive against the elements.
She welcomes select visitors to set up camp at Kavik, but for most of the year she values her privacy and solitude. Over the years, she has gained a new respect for the animals she calls neighbors and the environment she calls home.
Sig Hansen, captain of the Northwestern fishing boat, must bleed saltwater. He’s been fishing since he was 14 years old, inheriting the love of the ocean from his father and other relatives in the family. Each and every season he sets his eyes on the main prize: catching as much king crab as possible off the coast of Alaska. The conditions are harsh, but the payoff can be enormous.
Hansen, subject of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, is one of the highlights on the 10th season of the hit reality series, which airs 9 p.m. Tuesdays. Recently, Hansen exchanged emails with Hollywood Soapbox. Answers have been slightly edited for style.