Sue Aikens, 50, is as tough as the grizzly bear that attacked her and left her for dead three years ago. “I had to sew my own head together, my arm, and before my hips popped out, I went across the river, found the bear, shot him, called the trooper, and there I lay for 10 days.” At that time, Sue did not know if the bears would come through the wall of her house and she knew she could not defend herself if they did.
Sue lives 500 miles from the nearest city and 80 miles from the closest road. She is the warden of Kavik River Camp, a base for hunting groups, that she also calls home. She has lived there for seven years, but has been in Alaska for 30 years. She loves to share the unique experience of her camp with people during hunting season, and it can house up to 83 hunters at a time.
While some women collect shoes, Sue collects bullets, beer, blood and guts. Sue recognizes that she lives in bear country, not the other way around. The ground is frozen all year round, so there's no way to dig a well for water. Instead, Sue must treat the river water herself. And when the electricity generator goes down, as it often does in the extreme conditions, it is Sue who has to fix it.
During hunting season, she hosts the hunters with hot showers and food; but from October to May, she faces the freezing temperatures, penetrating winds, and savage bears all alone, holding fort. Time has no meaning to Sue. She is not lonely; she simply lives alone. However, Sue entertains herself and often cracks herself up. Although she considers animals her friends, she is aware that if something bad were to happen, there is no one to help her. Her motto: "If it hurts, don’t think about it."
I HATE Sue Aikens. She has NO BUSINESS on that show. Everyone else on there is a true Alaskan – trained and equipped for survival in the bush. Not Sue. She is terrified of her terrain and really shouldn't be living in it. There was one episode where she felt she was being hunted by a wolverine (an animal 1/10th her size) so she wanders out to a random spot a few hundred yards from her camp where *surprise surprise* she was unable to locate the ‘threat’ so she fires a few shots into the air, and heads back to camp to camp while declaring victory over this horrible ‘threat’. I’ve been hunting my whole life and have a lot of experience hunting in AK and on the slope too. She is no hunter. She has no idea what she’s doing – and there’s nothing wrong w not knowing what you;re doing – everybody has to start somewhere, except Sue is SO DETERMINED to tell you how tough she is and what a survivalist she is. What a joke. For someone who lives alone in a camp like that (Except the guy that lives there and does ALL the work), she has NO hunting skills, NO field dressing skills, NO knowledge of mechanics or engineering. The only ‘threat’ she faces are the cigarettes she chain smokes.I like the show, but I cant stand listening to this woman try and convince me of how tough she is. RULE IN LIFE – The more anyone goes to lengths to try and tell you how tough/rich/smart/whatever they are, the LESS they are of that thing.
Hey Sue, I know why you live the way you do. Because there is no man on earth that wil stand you!!! PLEASE do the show and 95% of the viewers (at least) a favor and leave.
Hey Sue! Just viewed a few old shows and now have a better grasp on who you are as a person and why you do what you do. Just my kind of gal!!!! Maybe you could show Andy how to grow a pair and stop abusing his wife!
Great show.....Is there a way to communicate with you through....e-mail----face book or even snail mail ...well that would be a letter every 5 years at best.
Hi Ms. Sue,
My friend Stacey Evans and you look so much alike and have the same traits , Stacey is a OTR Truck driver. Strong women , I would love to send you her picture. I swear some where in your family lone you to are related. If ou can find her on face book,
@Susan Aikens, I don't miss a week, especially your segments of the show. I love your determination and tenancity. At 52, I get your attitude about life and people. I wish I had 1/10 of your ambition. I have a question though, do you ever have a problem with any of the males when they camp there trying to "take advantage of you" (sexually)? And if you have how did you handle it? Also you mention your grandkids and I was wondering, do they come up every summer? you must enjoy them when they come, do your kids come and stay with you also? I wish you all the best Sue, and be safe always.
Both my wife and I feel Sue is such a Debbie Downer. She tries to be a realist but she just comes across as such a downer. It's depressing really
Both my wife and I think she's such a Debbie Downer. We see how she tries to put a positive spin on what task she tries to accomplish but it doesn't work for her
I sat back a read, with much laughter, the comments about Sue. It makes me wonder what show I've been watching! By no means am I trying to say I could live up there, now would I want to, but Sue, do you have to cuss about everything you talk about or act like such a flaming D***?
What you do up there is more then enough testament about how difficult everyday tasks are without having to act like you have a "set" swinging between your legs. I find it unatractive and you make yourself sound uneducated.
With all the people that National Geographic follows on Life Below Zero, I find Sue the most difficult to watch, and believe. The way she talks and acts, to me, seems like she's overacting and exaggerating. And since everyone is allowed to their own opinion, I don't expect any flack for mine.
All I'm saing is that I would have such a hard time watching Sue if she didn't always have to act like such a cliche.
Other then that...keep your peepers on the horizon that you know so well. Kinda funny that right in the middle of your speech about keeping your eyes focused on the horizon, you had to break formations because there was a "black thing" that wasn't there before. Really?!? Get over yourself Sue, and take a darn bath already.
Out of the show Sue you are the best. Good Looking, Wise and Resourceful! Thank You for showing us your world.
Great looking LADY. I would love to spend time listening to her adventures. Love her part of the show. Nothing but admiration courage. Keep it up.
Not sure where Erik went but Glenn is certainly a most interesting man to watch as he challenges himself every day with nature's many twists and turns. Enjoy Sue so much! One tough lady - so impressive! Agnes & Chip have a wonderful relationship & family. So good to see a family who live and work so well together. Such hard workers! Kate has such patience with Andy & he surely is a work-aholic but does accomplish alot! This is a great show - we really look forward to it every week! Thanks & keep 'em comin'!!
Can't imagine living out there Sue--- don't think I could last a week. Thanks for sharing your lifestyle with us. All the best to you !
Sue, I would love to come out there and lend a hand. I can operate machinery and I'm a generator engineer. I've always wanted to live in Alaska.
Sue love the show. You are like me in a lot of ways, I always say that I would rather be with me than anyone else. This simply means that I can entertain myself and really don't need anyone to entertain me. Do you have a tv with DVD's that you can watch? Why do you live in a tent more or less instead of a solid building that that would be harder for a bear to get into?
Hello Sue. I love the show, very impressive. Do you have a facebook or a blog so I can follow you in the future? Take care
Love your show! You are one tough lady and I admire you for what you do. Life is good and you know how to enjoy all aspects of it! I can tell you love what you are doing and are a great inspiration! Take care and keep warm!
I am new as a viewer of these shows and all are fantastic. I lean a little more to yours. fascinating.
You are awesome! I had never heard of this show until I was flipping channels yesterday and saw a marathon. We watched all day. You are an inspiration and I wish you all the best! Many times you made us laugh with your commentary. We tried your apple/cranberry concoction, with pork chops. YUM!
My heart was broken for you that someone stole from you. :( Can't wait to see what other adventures you show us.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Sue - you're the one that got me interested in this show. I believe that what we are seeing happened months ago - but if you ever set up a live web cam - let us know - I would definitely be interested in real time life in a place so cold
Lise - From Texas
She is very strong i get it when she said the quote about she got tired of being around people cause they lie and all ways let you down this is so true.
SUE, YOU ARE TRULY AN INSPIRATION AND I ADMIRE AND ENVY YOUR DETERMINATION AND RESELIENCE. PROUD OF YOU FORWORKING TOWARDS OWNING KAVIX AND RESPECT YOUR LIFESTYLE.
NOT INTRUDING MERELY SENDING SUPPORT.
You are such an inspiration to all womyn everywhere. I admire you so much for the balls you wear on your chest!!!!! You are the Bomb Sue!
Sue~~ You amaze me !
I've been known to b**** about the foot of snow and the shoveling that's required to get out of our driveway !
Your an inspiration to me and other women who live without benefit of shopping malls, fancy smanchey markets, and high class dining !!
Thanks for being real and consider getting a few dogs to warn you of hungry critters.
Love the show and thanks for being you !
where do the hunters stay in the summer? Is there another tent? What are all those truck trailers doing there?
I enjoy Life Below Zero, I especially enjoy seeing your way of life. It is hard to imagine the isolation and the harsh conditions. Just goes to show if your are determined you can do anything.
I am so happy for you on being able to buy your home
You are my favorite on the show, Sue, I do not know anyone else that could have survived what you did with the bear, sewing up your own wounds, going after the bear before he returned, and then continued to live there. I understand you really do not like to talk about it but someday when your able to, if you can I would love to know how you survived those 10 days. I am so thankful you got the bear, I'm glad you told us because after hearing about the attack I was worried he would be back.
I do not know what show Bryan watched, you did not kill the wolverine, that I saw, you scared it away. I went back and watched the 10 episodes for the 5th time and still cannot find where you killed it, guess I somehow missed it???
I hope we will get to see some of what goes on in the summer. God bless and thank you for sharing your life with us. It should make everyone that watches the show appreciate what they have. I laugh when the "tree huggers" yell about killing animals. You all kill to eat the food and use the fur etc. They go to the store and buy what someone else has killed for them. These people are unreal. So looking forward to the new season. Thank you again for sharing. Thanks for telling us more about the camp.
@Jorge Di Salvo Could not agree more. SUE SUCKS!!!!!
@RIP PARSELLS She has to be there to maintain the camp.
@April M. I looked at the Kavik website, and she charges $20 for a shower. After seeing that episode where she demonstrated how she pipes the water in, I can understand why.
@Kay Thorington Uh, have you SEEN her? I dont think that is a worry.
@Jess Holland YES! YES! YES! She is UNWATCHABLE. She doesnt know a goldarn thing about hunting, and she is the only one on that show who is 100% dependent on other people to "live her life". She is a fraud in every sense of the word. I wish they would cut her off of the show.
@Jess Holland Nobody needs a "set swinging between the legs" to be tough. Just because you are clearly intimidated by a strong woman doesn't mean you should insult anyone! Yes, you got flack for your ignorant comments. Sue is strong and a woman and I don't think she's trying to be anything other than herself. Maybe I don't agree with everything she does (or with everything anybody else on the show does for that matter) but still, they are doing what they need to do to live in Amazing Alaska! Sue and Erik are my favorite segments of the show. And I love the show.
@Sue Winters Thank you so much Sue! I do have a doggie now, Her name is Ermine but I call her Ermie
@sharon clerc They stay in the trailers or they can set up their own tent if they would like. Hunters are a small portion of the people who visit and come through the Camp
@Susan Aikens Love the show you are awesome ! I would not be able to survive, I cry when it get's 20 degrees here in eastern CT so I gotta give you credit. Did you ever catch your bear ?? I don't think you made it in time, wish you well !! It's amazing how positive you are, for instance, I can turn the heat up when I want or get a glass of running water or take a shower, and you have to work so hard just for the simple things in life. Your an inspiration.