Parents' Guide to

Ultimate Survival Alaska

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Alaskan explorers hunt, swear, and survive in extreme spots.

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Ultimate Survival Alaska shows the various ways that survivalists are able to make their way through the wilderness and rely on their surroundings for food, shelter, and other basic needs by using skills and techniques that explorers used hundreds of years ago. It also underscores how important it is to for folks -- survivalists or not -- to respect the fact that human beings are extremely vulnerable to the challenging terrain, extreme weather conditions, and wild animals of the region.

The challenges offer a lot of teachable moments, ranging from how to start a fire in the rain, to identifying risk factors that can make a simple walk deadly. Even more interesting are the explorers' conversations about what drives them to risk their lives doing what they do. Ultimately, this is a show that reminds us that the beauty, excitement, and raw danger that the wilderness offers can actually teach us what life is really all about.

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