Ice Road Truckers is headed to Alaska—250 miles north of the Arctic Circle—where a group of elite truckers will face their most perilous journey yet.
With less than three months to shuttle critical supplies to the oil camps of Alaska’s North Slope, drivers are pushed to their limits. These are ice roads of a different breed: The truckers will face 400-plus-mile journeys fraught with harrowing danger–steep mountain ice, frozen tundra and the treacherous ice roads of the Arctic Ocean. It is man and his machine vs. nature and the wildest, roller coaster of an ice road in the world. Only the strong and lucky will survive. Hundreds of talented truckers have lost their lives trying to navigate this route, where one literally never knows what lies around the bend—from unexpected weather to dangerous whiteouts to treacherous terrain.
Ice Road legends Hugh “Polar Bear” Rowland and Alex Debogorski return this season to take on the most death-defying road so far. Hundred-foot cliffs, hairpin curves, avalanches and -70 degree temperatures are just a few of the challenges that await them. And here in Alaska, Hugh and Alex are no longer considered the kings of the road. Their co-workers at Carlile Transportation, including veteran George Spears, the “King of the Haul Road,” and the fearless Jack Jesse, know what it’s like to haul everything from giant loads of construction materials to oversized drilling rigs across the deadliest ice passage in North America, and they’re looking to show Hugh and Alex a thing or two about driving in Alaska.
Ice Road Truckers is a classic story of adventure, perseverance, human ingenuity and, most importantly, danger. Every day the truckers are taking their lives into their hands. One miscalculation of the road, bad weather or an unseen road hazard can mean the difference between life and death. No matter who the driver is, taking frozen roads north of the Arctic Circle is a unique and harrowing experience and even the most seasoned truckers will find themselves challenged by polar conditions, isolation and the lack of creature comforts.