Andy and Kate Bassich
Andy Bassich, 54, and his wife Kate live on the Yukon River, where the only way in or out is by boat or snow machine. Andy moved to Alaska from Washington, D.C. after coming to explore the area, which he knew little about at the time. He spent two years living in Anchorage before moving to the Alaskan bush. When Andy first arrived, this was raw land. He built his life from scratch from a vision he had. To live and survive in the Alaskan bush, Andy learned to make something out of the raw materials provided to him from his environment.
Living miles off the grid, Andy and Kate run a survival and dog mushing school. They have 26 sled dogs. Together, Andy and Kate hunt, harvest, grow, and brew 80 percent of what they eat and drink — moose, black bear, caribou, wolf, salmon, mountains of vegetables, and beer. Andy’s nickname is MacGyver. Although they have solar power, they bathe in an outdoor steam bath and sauna that is heated by wood.
Andy's survival knowledge is largely self-taught and he will turn his hand to anything, whether it is making his own bullets, knives, brewing his own beer, or building his own house. Andy can skin and butcher a moose complete with just his Leatherman. His goal is to live off the grid with class, style, love, and comfort. Andy finds it satisfying that he develops, builds, and lives the life he wants.
Andy measures his quality of life by how much free time he has to do what he wants. To Andy, living in remote Alaska is the best place to be. He is passionate about his lifestyle and feels that he has achieved his dreams... and there is nowhere else he would rather live.
Andy is a jerk and a bully. He needs anger management classes. I'd just love to see Kate speak up and put him in his place which is not far from the outhouse!
PPeople who critize about how Andy speaks to Kate never spent 24?7 working 10n1 with there husband. When Andy looses his temper he is not yelling at Kate his wife he is yellinfg at the guy who is helping him and not the woman he loves.I know because my husband an I moved to maine and built a house and a campgroung. We,ve been married 55 years.Been there done that !
After reading some of the comments, I've really got to hand it to Kate the way she keeps her cool. I remember when I was shoveling snow from our driveway one time and my Dad came out to tell me how I was doing it wrong. Nearly 50 years later I still remember that. However, look at all that Andy, with Kate's help has accomplished over the years. He has to be a type A personality and Kate knows it and how to live with it. Now he's building a new house. I hand it to both of them.
Kate is a big girl and if she wanted to leave I am sure she would....it is not our place to criticize there relationship....Different strokes for different folks...the good probably out weighs the bad and we have no idea what there relationship is like behind closed doors....They seem to have a great mutual love for each other no matter how messed up it may seem to people look in from the outside it works for them....
Kate...when Andy throws a fit, walk away. As long as you are standing there he will blame you. He has to blame someone else because he is unable to take the blame for anything. It's aversion therapy. If you make him do things along maybe he will grow up.
Andy is an adult and needs to control himself better. He gives himself a pass by saying he is type A which he thinks excuses him. Doesn't. His wife should leave while she has an ounce of self esteem left. No amount of sense of humor he supposedly has can make up for the embarrassment of his fits. And btw, why does he keep putting things down by the river? Do people loose their sense of logic when they are isolated?
Anyone judging this relationship based upon some highly edited footage is off base. This is an incredibly capable guy with a temper, but who in my view clearly loves his wife. In the last episode where he laid the foundations for their house, this was clearly a labor of love for Kate, and she knew it. Men are simple creatures - much of what we do is to protect our woman and our children and it's motivated by love. They are well matched - she is patient and puts up with his irascible nature because she knows that underneath it all he loves her and is doing these things for her. As long as she keeps affirming him, telling him that he is awesome, his irritability and temper will mellow. This is a wise woman
It looks to me as Andy is just rough around the edges. You can't be a wimp in a place like that. I'm sure if Kate was miserable she could've left with her daughter, and if he was abusive he wouldn't have wanted her daughter there in the first place. Kate can hold her own. After all Andy went through to get the rocks up the river to get their foundation in place, there is definitely love there.
Kate tell Andy to shove it a few times and walk away .There is no reason for him to talk to you or treat you the way he does , other then he's a bully . He never gives you credit for the work you do , he always refers to everything as" He did it" or 'How he did that' . He never says' We" . I don't care that he owns up to being short tempered , big deal , that does'nt give him a pass to act or treat you poorly . Andy , grow up ! Kate , grow a set!
I thought this was supposed to be about Kate and Andy, but all I saw was Andy Andy Andy. He is incredibly disrespectful to Kate, and blames her for his own shortcomings. No one is perfect, but a real man would own up to his own failings. That being said, Kate needs to stand up for herself. Bullies will keep going until you stand up to them.
I love this show, Sorry guys i like Sue better, i don't care much for you Andy, dont get me wrong you are the hardest working person i have ever see, but poor Kate tries so hard to do right, and you treat her like dirt, Shame on you, she is a brave woman to put up with you, Treat her better she is all you got out there, some day you will realize just how much she means to you.
Andy is such an ass, bully and whiner. It's a wonder he gets anything done with all the cussing and stomping around he does when things don't go his way. Kate has the patience of a saint. If he was my husband I would have already hit him upside the head with one of those boards he just planed.
Andy & ,kate. love the show and wish i was there , I have something very similar in northern California but don't live there full time just the summers, I have one question, how do you guys keep the animals from getting to the fish you are trying to dry out? take care
You are a baby Andy, If you choose to live where you do, deal with it and get over it! Don't say on one hand how great it is to live where you do and then get extremely mad when things don't go right. Be a man! You are truly a contradiction in everything you do! Do you like having a wife that is more like a "yes" companion rather that a wife that is your equal? And Kate, you are just as wrong for letting him treat you like you do. He has you just where he wants you.....in the wilderness!
I like this show, but you two are my absolute worst ones. Take a lesson from Chip Hailstone, what a guy and he truly loves and respects his wife and lives with much less than you and Kate do.
keep Kate. get rid of the whiner Andy. National Geographic sure knows how to pick losers for their series on Alaska. Give us some better examples of life below zero. These people invent their own problems and pass them on as reality. Kate says that disaster strikes every time they seem to make headway; that they don't have time or money for problems. Maybe they had more time and money in D.C.
Damn I'd love to do what they do. Alaska is so much better than the lower 48. Yeah things are more expensive but it's a lot easier than dealing with the crappy people around here. I would move up there in a heartbeat if I had the cash.
I love the way you put Kate in her place, Andy. Check the online Urban Dictionary every once in a while to keep up with the latest offensive lingo. Focus more on beer making and less on vegetables. Beer has calories to fight the cold. Vegetables are for shivering snowshoe hares. I will mail you a Looney Tunes Tasmanian Devil for continued inspiration.
He really needs to treat his wife better she try's so hard and all he does is scream and yell at her. I also don't like him taking gods name in vane so much
Hi Andy - We went to school together at Spring Mill(Kim Goad). I was watching the show for the first time and heard your name and wondered if it could be you and sure enough! What an adventure you and Kate are living....WOW
I am still in touch with many friends from the old neighborhood and I will have to tell them to watch. Alaska is on my bucket list one day. Be well. Kim
Kate, I don't know if you read these comments,(I hope you do!) but you have inspired me to live in the Alaskan bush! This would be the perfect lifestyle for me! The day I graduate high school, I'm driving to Fairbanks!
I love all the dogs you have. What are their names?? I know there's a lot and they all have unique names. So awesome!
Kate and Andy you are amazing human beings. Impressed with your shift from Washington, DC to Eagle that obviously came through the heart. Respect for the land & all the living creatures is a lesson that you have provided to all who watched. I especially enjoyed how real you are, your emotional sensitivities to your life and each other, and how well you work together as a team. Who doesn't have quirks??? Your philosophy in life is sustainability and nature knows that respect and will honor and take care of you. Point: the Yukon ice break up left you standing. I think you have supple karma banks. And the season ending so touched my heart when Kate got off the helicopter and all was still there. I hope you return to all of us with stories of the the AK summer, the only time I have been there. Many well wishes for continued success on all levels in AK.
Andy and Kate ... you have both captured my heart in the love you have for one another. My personality is so very similar to Andy's. I know how easy it is for me to get frustrated and seemingly take it out on someone else but that's not the case. I am a perfectionist and hate making mistakes. I really get frustrated at myself and love my woman beyond comprehension. Andy, I know you love her dearly. Kate, I know you understand his frustrations and know what a beautiful person you are in loving Andy. I fear that I have just watched your last episode and there will be no more. Is that correct? I hope not!
I absolutely love the show. thank you for sharing your life. You are living my dream. I look forward to each new episode as the show takes me to a "happy place".
This show is a wonderful adventure! Sue stole my heart within seconds. I cannot wait to get to know her better through the show. Also Kate and Andy's story is part of my heart. Seeing your Mommie and her husband carve out their Paradise in such a beautiful place is inspirational. I look forward to every second I get to share with these extraordinary people as they share their stories.
@Daniel Lappen Love your show Rabbi...
Thank you, Thomas!!! I understand that many people don't find this offensive , but please ANDY, understand that there are many people who do! They bleep out everything(almost) else except God's name in vain. I want to watch the show. I love nature, and all the beautiful things God created. I would just love to not hear my Lord's name slaughtered!
@Albert Grosch Remington is doing well and enjoying his retirement as a house dog. He is funny to watch around the girls he loves and protects them all but Tia is his favorite girlfriend.
@Jacquie Rorke Just saw the episode with you in it. So glad you got the opportunity to be a part of the experience.
@Jacquie Rorke I can Imagine how you feel when Andy loses his cool with mom over HIS short commings...she should be with out him!!! He should be off the show !!!
Kate, I love the show, but hate the way Andy always yells at you. It's humiliating. And it was his fault when he pulled the string to hard when the beams fell, and he blamed it on you. Have him watch the show again so he can see his mistake for once. Love the dogs !! Hang in there.