According to the History Channel, the new season follows some of the truckers from last season, along with new drivers, as they haul essential equipment and supplies to remote outposts across one of the world’s last great frontiers, the vaunted winter ice road that runs over the frozen Arctic Ocean and the Mackenzie River in the farthest reaches of the Northwest Territories.
The long history of survival here during the grueling winter months has been and still is dependent on these ice roads. Although technology has changed how they deal with the titanic forces of nature of the Arctic Circle, the native people of the region still live by their traditions and rich history.
For a brief window during the coldest part of the winter, the only way to reach the remote communities and natural gas exploration sites of this region, which lies more than 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, is by driving over an extraordinary ice road that winds along the Mackenzie River.
Contending with Arctic storms that hit without a moment’s notice, even the most seasoned truckers find themselves challenged by the extreme polar conditions, isolation and the lack of basic comforts. Temperatures during the winter months here can dip as low as -60.
Last season in Yellowknife, our truckers had narrow land bridges to escape to. This season it’s ice all the way, no land, no sanctuary. Four familiar faces return to see if their ice road experience translates to this more imposing river and ocean ice road. Hugh Rowland (pictured left), Rick Yemm, Drew Sherwood and Alex Debogorski are all on an even playing field and Hugh is no longer the boss of Rick and Drew. New truckers will be introduced throughout the season, including Erik Refrine, and field supervisor Jerry Dusdal, veterans of the Arctic ice road.
Source: The History Channel