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Island Lake, AK: The newest cast member, Glenn, goes hunting for caribou.

Island Lake, AK: The newest Life Below Zero cast member, Glenn, goes hunting for caribou. (View larger version)

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Glenn Villeneuve moved from Vermont to Alaska in 1999 after being inspired by the story of famed frontiersman Heimo Korth. He lives as a lone, primitive subsistence hunter in the Brooks Range, surrounded by mountains 6000 ft. high. He is 200 miles north of Fairbanks, with a 60-mile walk to the nearest road. 

Glenn has truly left the modern world behind and has no wish to bring it into the wild. He lives in a canvas tent and has no power (except for a small generator), no running water, and no heat except from the wood he chops. He has batteries for his head torch and camera, nothing else. He travels and hunts by foot, chops wood with an axe, cuts through the ice with a hand chisel, hauls logs by hand with a sled. He lives 100% off the land, hunting moose, caribou, porcupine, ptarmigan and sheep. Glenn is surrounded by wolves, and has spent the last few months living in close proximity to a pack of 20, and was once charged by a pack of them. For sustenance, Glenn picks berries, roots and leaves, but is unable to grow his own vegetables because of the altitude at which he lives.   

Passionate about primitive living, Glenn has no need for modern civilization and technology; everything he does comes from his own blood, sweat and tears.

37 comments
Dominika Toviel
Dominika Toviel

I love to watch Glenn . He has such a soothing gentle spirit. Besides Sue, he seems to be the only other person who really lives a very remote life on the show.  I know he returns to civilization when taping the show is over. I feel like he is probably the same type of provider and influence on his children as any other man who has a job that takes him away from family and friend for any extended period of time. Such as an off-shore fisherman and such.

Ella Preuninger
Ella Preuninger

Oh Come On! He goes "home" whenever he feels like it. His wilderness adventure is NOT his only way of life. It is just another Hipster playing when they want then going home when the mood strikes.  All he does is brag about how much better he is than everyone else. Everyone else on the show LIVES that way full-time :FOR REAL". Glenn is a fraud.

Carolyn Egan
Carolyn Egan

I worry that he is abandoning his children for this lifestyle, and quite probably not supporting them.  Once you've had children, you've made a choice.

Ella Preuninger
Ella Preuninger

Saw the show where Glenn goes Home. Hope he stays there. He is no way, no how Heimo Korth. We did the wilderness bit for 20 years while raising 6 kids. Glenn is an insult.

Kurt Halloch
Kurt Halloch

Glenn I totaly understand your outlook on society. The earth and people greed and self loathing sickens me. What the heck is life for anyways. ()% of all money is in 10% of populations hands. The rest of us are sheep or ants working the machine. Friend if you need held up there gathering food and buiulding stuff. Im a huge outdoorsman ...im an electrician bhy trade and have had enough of big cities and crazy people. Email me Id love to be free for one summer in my life. To truly live again before I run out of time. Im only 38 and feel like a slave to the man. let me know and keep fighting the good fight.Khalloch@live.ca

Wanda Torres
Wanda Torres

I get a kick out of the criticism I am reading.
Glenn is most polite and attentive with his fans and loves to answer questions. Those that he exchanges words with find him humble, simple and very pleasant.
We are hoping LBZ keeps him but if not, I am sure his doors to numerous opportunities have been opened and he has many friends who will continue to support him.

Joseph Lincoln
Joseph Lincoln

Most on this show I enjoy watching and seeing the different ways they live and attempt to problem solve through the life in Alaska . Glenn however; I have no use for, he has at-least one child he mentions on his hike out of the wilderness. I find it repugnant that he does not take care of his daughter, does not spend hardly any time with her and with that logic gives no support for her upbringing. It is Disgusting and moronic that in this day and age there are still  dead beats that  use their own pitiful excuse of an existence to attempt to rationalize  why they are who they are and not who they should be, why it is o.k. for them not to be responsible for a child that they took part in creating .  I commend those that choose to live the way most on this show live. It It is a very cool show  TELL GLENN TO GET A JOB  and be a real man and support his daughter with both time and funds to help her live.  

Peter Guidry
Peter Guidry

very interesting that people criticize Glenn when those could not last a week where he is.  That is what he has chosen.  leave the guy alone.   

P Stewart
P Stewart

He is not a cultural purist. He is a dead beat dad evading responsibility without sense enough to plan very far ahead.

Jay Bee
Jay Bee

This is absolutely laughable that you people think they care about your social mores.  THEY LIVE IN ALASKA MILES FROM NO ONE BECAUSE OF THIS PETTY CRAP.  Pretty sure Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and whatever terrible form of social media you want to throw in there doesn't rank too high on their things to worry about.  Can't wait for the selfies that they send with the pack of wolves or the grizzly.  If that is now normalcy then consider my thumb in the air and I'll head that way too like SUPERTRAMP Chris McCandless.  I just won't eat the berries.  I can't wait to try to rationalize with a pack of wolves or a grizzly and we can discuss their views on the future of their species.  Our society is doomed...

Jay Bee
Jay Bee

I find it hilarious that people criticize these people in a forum on a website.  Twitter, Facebook, and whatever other social media outlet you want to list is really high on their list of things to monitor.  So funny.  Can't wait for the Instagram of the Grizzly attack.  Our society has become laughable.  


stan kay
stan kay

I truly cantbelieve the negative comments from some of you folks.Ive been a sportsman all my life I enjoy flyfishing, all types of other fishing and deer hunting.Do you know how tough of a life these people have chosen for themselves.Its not easy dragging a 200 plus size animal home and that's just the beginning.My hat goes off to each and everyone of you.God bless you and keep you safe.Keep up the traditions of us sportsman and I know all of you  love what you do and its not like working,besides you never work a day in your life if you love what you do.

Ben Munji
Ben Munji

I've never posted here, but I felt compelled too. Mainly because Glenn is an absolute idiot. Refusing to dry meat and plan for the future for the sole purpose of meeting some vague hipster regulation is absurd. Mr. "Ice lived in Berlin, I've lived in New York," is nothing but an Alaskan hipster and hipsters suck...even the ones from Alaska. I'm glad I can skip his parts of the show.

Marc P
Marc P

Why don't you move to a lower altitude where the -fish and game is more available?

You could still be as isolated as you prefer, and feed yourself a hell of a lot better.

You have said that your partner left you.

 Are you trying to live a beautiful life, and commune with nature,

 or trying to make a point?

In my mind's eye, a relationship with a soul mate, is worth a few compromises.

But then again, this is just another reality show.



Rae Noel
Rae Noel

Not sure on the children thing but there are a lot of Alaskan men that are trappers and are away for a portion of the year.  They make money and still support their family, they just do it in a different way than people in the outside. Even when you live in a small town, which in Alaska can be a place with 1500 people in a 60-75 mile areas, life can be different, and hard in its own way.  Most of us, at least try for big game like moose or caribou to fill the freezer and if near the coast or able to travel for salmon. If you don't live here somethings are hard to understand, but Alaska is truly the last frontier and a great place to live.

April M.
April M.

Ever hear of Chris McCandless??? A lot of people would love to live in the Alaskan wilderness, that doesn't mean everybody is going to rush out to try it. Glenn is living dangerously but a grizzly bear attack is a much better way to go than getting hit by a bus in NYC. Truth be truth.

Robert Holst
Robert Holst

would love to try this watch the show all the time and really intrigues me , I could really handle this just need someone that has the know how to show me

Kent Thalacker
Kent Thalacker

where did Glenn learn how to "horse'" in a northern pike?  He's lucky to have retrieved it with a net.  Any good fisherman would tell you NOT to reel in your lure to the very tip of your fishing pole.  This explains why he nearly lost the fish.  Perhaps Nat'l Geo. needs to send in a fishing guide to help Glenn.  Come on producers give us more honest reality.  Your characters don't have trouble every day of their life.  Do they?  I believe that living in Alaska would be hard.  

Your actors make your show unbelievable.

Mary Beth
Mary Beth

Glenn didn't say he has no need for people, but for modern culture. So what if he is showing his life on TV? He still is not living in modern culture but is giving us a glimpse of his life. He obviously does have to buy certain things in town so uses some money or barters for it. I like him on the show. 

Thomas B
Thomas B

It would seem that the tv show has an intrusive effect on the ability of a person to live in a natural state. A person truly trying to live beyond the intrusions of Society, why would they participate in this tv series? Also, every person in Alaska has a negative income tax; that is, they are entitled to a percentage of the profits on Alaskan oil.

It does not ring true, what we have heard in the most recent episode, that Glen has little to eat in the summer. He has a negative income tax that would pay for an airdrop of all kinds of groceries.

I want to ask, isn't Glen speaking in the past tense now about living off the land? I respect 14 years of self-sufficiency. But it seems temporal. Where are the 60-year-olds in Alaska? It would seem they aren't living this kind of life.

Erik states he has a guide service, so he is engaged with the Economy. Glen keeps saying he is rejecting Society's values in general but with no details of why. We viewers believe all of these survivalist-naturalists should profit from the Series. Does Glen return his Series checks? Does he refuse to file income tax? This seems too incredible to accept. Why don't the Series Producers state the truth here, this type of series is supposed to live on truth, not pretense or fiction.

Scheryl Williams
Scheryl Williams

Glenn is a definite plus for this show.  He makes me think that there is so much more I can do, push myself and enjoy the most simple things in life.  He is my favorite on the show and I believe he could be the focal point and it would be best.  I love this show.

S. Lawrence
S. Lawrence

Glenn, it's wonderful to watch you! I'm so "city", but learn so much from you and cast on survival and living so simple since nature is your boss!

April M.
April M.

If he has no need at all for modern civilization or technology then why is he on a TV show? Obviously he does need some type of human interaction, and there's nothing wrong with that but Glenn needs to stop trying so hard to be like Erik and just be himself. The audience viewing from technological advances, like this website, will appreciate him more if he's just himself. In a tent in Alaska with no power or water is pretty ridiculous and dangerous behavior, especially from a city boy. Good luck.

Pete Mischiara
Pete Mischiara

Good to see a new face in the cast. Good luck this year Gleen.

Craig Gay
Craig Gay

Glenn is a new cast member this year. Living in a Canvas tent year round in Alaska in the Seward area is one thing but living 200 miles north of Fairbanks to me is a bit insane to say the least. Having been to Alaska I can say without a doubt I love the state and would love to move with my wife and make Alaska our home but not in a canvas tent anywhere in Alaska. Don't know how N. Geo found this new cast member but for sure he is as hard core as there is. 

marla Star
marla Star

Glen is a wonderful person....He is a inspiration to me , reminding me of the basics , the pure light of life

walking and talking for miles in the beautiful spring of Alaska. Someone special!

Neil Villeneuve
Neil Villeneuve

@Joseph Lincoln  Words of advice

Such bold statements, after seeing a glimpse of someone’s life, are only advertising your own narrow-minded lack of intelligence.

Sarah Rushton
Sarah Rushton

@elizabeth grauel  Do you know him or his family personally?  But I wondered the same thing.


I do wonder what possesses some people to live this way, or like a pauper, just to get out of responsibilities when owning up to them is less work in the long run.

Fran Davis
Fran Davis

That oil business is private enterprise, owned by big oil, so educate your opinions. You might try grinding your axe with some sharply honed brain cells.

Reed Reedly
Reed Reedly

Not sure if I've ever read a sillier comment. He's not trying to be anything other than himself. He doesn't even know Eric, and being on this show probably gives him all the money he will ever need to provide for the few items he can't get from nature, ammunition, replacement generator parts, etc. Oh, and you know what else you brainiac? He's been doing this for 12 years now so clearly he knows what he's doing.

On a side note, I have to be within minutes of a large city but truly admire Glenn for living his life his own way.

Bob R.
Bob R.

@April M. Maybe Glenn is using this opportunity as a means to put money in his pocket? April, with all due respect I don't think that Glenn is "trying to be like Eric".  Everyone on this show is a product of their unique life experiences and Glenn seems to be as honest and respectful as the other cast members.  Is this ridiculous and dangerous activity?  What about walking around a crime ridden city late at night, is that ridiculous and dangerous behavior?

Vince Sciacca
Vince Sciacca

@April M. What a ridiculous comment.  Where's the evidence that he has even SEEN Erik?...OBVIOUSLY he makes money somehow to buy boots and axe handles...

tobie curci
tobie curci

@Bob R. @April M. It seems that some people would rather argue semantics and technicalities of the production aspects as opposed to focusing on the premise of the show which is to showcase an alternative, off the grid lifestyle.  It sure makes me understand why some people would  want to get away and enjoy isolation, lol.

April M.
April M.

@Vince Sciacca @April M. That's just the thing... he was wearing Converse low-top sneakers- not boots. He is clearly not equipped to live in that environment. I just hope he doesn't throw that axe around so carelessly when there's not a camera crew around. Alaska is beautiful and amazing but ruthless.