On Thursday night’s episode of “Life below Zero,” those who live above and below the Arctic Circle experiences different lifestyles, but nonetheless, they all love their way of life and are happy in this extreme environment. This episode is titled “Pride and Power” and begins at the Kavik River Camp, 197 miles north of the Arctic Circle where Sue Aikens is observing the fog around the camp. Inside, she cannot help but notice when the generator conked out as the lights went out. Too much fluff and fuzz trapped in the generator because of the weather. She must wait until the hot generator cools down before she can clean it out.
In Noorvik, 19 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Chip Hailstone is building a permanent structure on the new property. He never took a carpentry class, and learned from necessity. He would have to pay someone about $50 an hour to do what he is doing.
Jesse Holmes lives in Nenana by the river 138 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Winter sledding season will soon begin, and he will be training his dogs very soon. Jesse’s friends come to help him fill the holes that run across his property with a Bobcat. With the ground smooth, Jesse is putting posts into the ground to enable them to train in this new dog yard.
In Chandalar, 65 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Glenn Villeneuve is hunting for moose that will feed him for the winter. He came upon moose tracks and hopefully bags the moose that made them. He makes a cow call that just may bring the bull moose to him. He spots the moose that walks behind a tree. When Jesse finally gets his shot, he forgot to take the safety off his rifle, and the moose changes direction. However, perseverance could help, and Glenn will wait until tomorrow and try again.
Sue’s generator is still down, as a helicopter is flying above. It is a US Coast Guard helicopter but with Sue’s communications down, she rushes to use the auxiliary power, but the helicopter flies away. Sue is bummed because in fuel, it could have been at $6,000 sale. She got the generator back running and still regrets losing the fuel sale.
In Noorvik, Chip is making a tent frame for the new land while Agnes and their daughter are setting the fish net that goes across the river. They hope to catch plenty of whitefish.
Glenn is still hunting for a moose and hopes to have better luck today. The snow is falling heavily; covering everything in its path. With no footsteps in the snow to guide him, he hears a cow moose calling for her bull. With laws only allowing for the hunt of the bull, the cow can only help him by luring the bulls.
Jesse is happy for the snow and completes the swivels so the dogs can exercise and be ready for mushing. As a plane communicates with Sue, she is relieved that her refueling plane is about to land, and her system is working again. She loads the drums in the supply shed. She is having a financial problem this season after being laid up last season. Now she has another 32,000 gallons of jet fuel.
In Noorvik, Chip Hailstone is about ready to finish the tent frame. Agnes goes to the net to check the haul of fish they hope to get. They caught salmon and whitefish in an ample supply and were pleased with their catch.
Glenn is still looking for a moose and found tracks he did not see before. They are the tracks of a very large moose with a long stride and at over six feet tall; Glenn is having a hard time following the stride. Suddenly, he spots the moose, and it is big. He will be up all night preparing it to bring it back to his home.
In Noorvik, the tent frame is nearly ready and Agnes arrived with the whitefish and salmon for dinner. She made the whitefish that had plenty of eggs, and the family had a great meal on this episode of “Life Below Zero.”