It's twice the size of Texas, features 16 of the 20 tallest mountains in the nation and is home to the biggest earthquake of the 20th century. Everything about Alaska is larger, tougher, and more extreme than any other state. This breathtaking two-part journey soars over its one-half million square miles of winter wonderland and shows why countless adventurers have come to the 49th State over the centuries in search of gold, silver, mountain-peak views, dog-sledding glory, and more.
For centuries, thousands of adventurers have answered Alaska's "call of the wild," seeking thrills and fortunes in a state rife with postcard-perfect beauty… and lethal dangers. Take flight across ancient glaciers, rugged mountain ranges, primeval forests, and pristine waterways. Then discover how the state's unique charm has attracted bold visitors, from Russian fur traders to a young survivalist on a one-way trip "into the wild" to the thousands of dog sledders facing off in the "Last Great Race on Earth!"
Alaska is known for its great beauty and inspirational landscapes. However, it is equally as notorious for its rugged terrain, brutal winters and remote locations. Still, like everywhere, life goes on in Alaska throughout the dead of winter. Everyday tasks often become extraordinary challenges. But, with the help of colossal equipment and machines, residents are able to not only endure, but thrive and enjoy among the sub-zero temperatures, steep mountainous terrain and fragile–sometimes deadly–ice. New Science Channel series Alaska Mega Machines examines the science behind how these machines are engineered for survival in the last frontier.
Island Air, flying out of Kodiak Island, Alaska, is home to the bravest pilots on the planet. Alaska’s Ultimate Bush Pilots, produced by Orion Entertainment, is a new television series in production and scheduled to air on the Outdoor Channel in mid-2015. The Island Air team pilot de Havilland Beavers - single-engine, high-wing, propeller-driven bush planes - fly anywhere they need to go. Their mission is to move explorers and adventure seekers, hunters and anglers, tourists and locals, archeologists and surfers and prospectors deep into the Kodiak back country; taking off and landing on water, dirt, dry stream beds, on the sides of mountains, amid bolder fields, even on glaciers.
A series chronicling the lives of both the off-grid settlers who live along the Alaskan Railroad, and the Alaska Railroad Corporation's workers, and the challenges they face, whether its simply struggling to survive in the beautiful yet unforgiving environment, or fighting to keep the trains running.