Episode Number: 566
Episode Guest: Sue Aikens
Original Airdate: October 23, 2014
Episode Sponsors: The Culture High, Stamps.com, LegalZoom
Guest Bio: Sue Aikens is a woman living in Kavik, located 197 miles north of the Arctic Circle in extreme isolation. Her motto is “If it hurts, don’t think about it.” Check out on the new season of Life Below Zero on the NatGeo Channel November 4, 2014.
Topics Discussed: How unscripted the show is; the most remote location; why live where she does; wolves killed a bear; renting land; living in a tent; bear attacks; her personal bear attack story; permanent injuries; social situations; burning garbage and personal waste; going green; no oil; wiring her camp; satellite internet; travelling difficulty; connecting with the animals; accepting death; visiting populated cities; how she came to Alaska; gaining weight for winter; getting vegetables; keeping warm at over 100 below zero; people stealing her oil; hunters visiting; predicting weather with animals and plants; killing bears; animal cannibalism; wolf stalking child; teaching gun safety; no trees; inhospitable ground; how the show started; subsistence lifestyle romanticism; outhouse located quarter mile from camp; leaving Alaska for good; stalker visiting her camp; doing her own show; shooting schedule.
My Thoughts: Joe’s talked about this woman so much that it was nice to finally hear her on his show and learn more about her life. I’ve never seen Life Below Zero before, but it really made me feel like a wimp knowing what she goes through and realizing that I would crumble under the pressure of living in such a remote location. That being said, she’s clearly hiding from something, perhaps on a subconscious level. Therapy might help her come to terms with that.
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