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Meet Sue Aikens - a tough-as-nails woman who in an isolated camp up north amongst the wilderness.

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Meet Sue Aikens - a tough-as-nails woman who in an isolated camp up north amongst the wilderness.

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alexandra botell
alexandra botell

Well. I was finally able to do it...join Nat Geo. Two hours of trying just so I could connect with you, Sue. My initial note obviously did not go through, so I will say again, but probably not so eloquently. At 3 am this morning, not being able to sleep, my mind wandered to you and the others in the far north, and I mulled about the idea and the fact that time does not have the same meaning as it does down here. I thought of all the things I would like to say to you if we could meet or talk. I decided to check on line to see if there was anything "on you", and lo and behold, the mother lode. Wow...and I thought I was the only one enthralled with you! I, too, would just like to hang out, drink some wine and have a smoke...I like you immensely. You are very real, and definitely to be admired. I guess, now that everyone else has said everything I wanted to, I will just thank you for sharing your experiences with us. We think about you. We care about you, and knowing about you enhances our lives. All the very best. I await the next episode. 

Brenda Wolfe Francis
Brenda Wolfe Francis

Hello Sue...and everyone else! I live in Florida and cant get enough of your show! The last thing on my Bucket list is to go to Alaska 1 x to mush a sled team.... or just hang out with you....Sue!

Doris Thomson
Doris Thomson

I'm curious.  If you own the now, why can't you construct a permanent shelter.?  Wouldn't someone be liable then if something did happen to you?  Or the guests that come to visit?  Living In hot Texas, all that cold and snow looks so good..I wish I could come and visit.  I love to watch the show.  Sadly, it is way too short.  LOL

Dianne Harrison
Dianne Harrison

I live on the Oregon Coast!  I have been watching you and I have a deep respect for you!  You are an example of a woman that has gone out and done what she wants to do without all of the tethers that many women feel they have.  You have inspired me!  Not that I would ever want to do what you are doing ( I hate being cold) but I have my own things that are weird to most people that I want to do!  A visit to Kavik is now on my list of things to do!  If I visit the website for Kavik camp, would I find all the info I need to visit?

I love that you smoke a cigar sometimes!  

Carolyn Fuller
Carolyn Fuller

I was just wondering how you afford to live there,,  with 20,000 oil bills and that atv had to cost a lot...  you don't really make money,,, so I was just wondering.. hope its not offensive to you cause I really admire you.. you a tough ole bird..lol

Sheri Ann Tell
Sheri Ann Tell

Hi Sue,


I've never known such a strong, and courageous woman like you.  Where does that strength come from?  I have been watching the show from the first episode.  I've never missed one.   At first I didn't know what to make of you.  Now, I genuinely think you are funny as hell, and right on cue.  It must take an UN-ordinary amount of humor to live where you do.  I have an extreme fear of Grizzlies, I don't know why, since I live in Illinois. That scene when you said" one cough, predator to pray," I was frozen with fear, for you.  You faced that grizzly bear and conquered that fear, like nobody's business.  You are a good role model for me, and other women too.  How did you come to be at Kavik River Camp?  I'm not clear about the camps function.  When do others join you at the camp?  You are by far the most interesting person on the show.  I continue to recommend this show to others.  I thank you for sharing part of your life with me.  Take Care, and pet those foxies for me.  I hope you are able to see how many fans you have on this page alone.

Randy Gibbs
Randy Gibbs

Hey Sue, Im in Texas, was 93 degrees here today.  LOL...I never miss your show.  Im a 51 year old cowboy, and wanted to tell you that you are such an admirable person.  You have the strength inside and out that all women should strive to achieve...  Keep it up....Take care of yourself.

audrey pagnotto
audrey pagnotto

Hi Sue  I'm new here.  I love the show but watch it mostly for your segments.  I admire you immensely.  A few years ago there was a man on tv who's skin had turned totally blue from ingesting silver and recently he died.  It scared the hell out of me when I saw you doing it.  Have you heard of this person?  Have you ever thought about writing your biography? I would love to read about what actually led you to your present situation.  Take care.

David Dunlap
David Dunlap

Sue,

All I can say is my "Texas"  Stetson is off to you. 

Debi Bartlett
Debi Bartlett

Do you read these? Dunno. I am guessing you have a camera crew onsite so not so much alone. Must be strange to portray a solitary life with cameras in your face all of the time. It would really be great to see someone that actually needed your services. You are my favorite on the show, but is that all it is, a show?

I keep waiting to see if anyone ever needs you.

I get the show.

They show a single male, a single female, a couple and a family..for diversity.

What I do not get is where are the people you are risking your life for.

I admire the effort, but where are they?

No one ever comes there.

Do you just get money to maintain a useless outpost?

I keep waiting to see who gets saved or uses your place.

No one does.

That would keep my interest.

Not that you don't, but no one ever shows up that needs your help.

Still like watching you though,

Deb

Debi Bartlett
Debi Bartlett

Hey Lady, 

Do you ever get anyone visiting the outpost?

They never show that.


I get the cause and all, but no one seems to utilize your efforts.


I live in the Northwoods of Wisconsin and thanks for the coffee grounds and bleach tip, we have black bear unwanted visits. Thanks!


susan simon
susan simon

Sue, please bring that poor dog in. She is  defenseless on the front porchnot mention cold. I hope some one a least keep you warm and safe in your old age. Husky are though but your old girl is fragile and not able to keep herself warm.



Paula Skiles
Paula Skiles

Sue, 


I saw in a previous post that you love to read. Are you able to have a kindle or something similar and download books? Also, what is your favorite book? I can't live without my kindle and read 5 books at the same time. I get bored trying to only read one book at a time.


Thanks,


Paula Skiles 

Paula Skiles
Paula Skiles

Sue,


I love watching you on Life Below Zero.  I have always wanted to go to Alaska and now a visit to Kavik River Camp is on my bucket list. My husband thinks I'm crazy, but I am just so fascinated with the way that you live. I know from watching you that you live in a kill or be killed world. I was watching you make your silver water and I remember my parents doing that when I was little and drinking it because we were poor and couldn't afford to get sick and then I saw you doing that and it made me smile. I wish I were half as tough as you. I'm getting ready to have heart surgery and I could use some of that strength. I told my husband though if the hospital doesn't have Life Below Zero I'm not going as I never want to miss an episode. Take care and I look forward to learning more about you. 

Ron Ekas
Ron Ekas

Hi Sue;

I wanted to drop you a quick note telling you how much I admire how you're depicted on the show. You have genuine courage girl, to still be out there after the bear attack that you described. And then, the episode where you're hunting for a bear, and say, "one cough-predator to prey", wow gripping emotions there. Some of the personal questions that people have asked you on here are really inappropriate, but you have handled them well. That little Bobcat is sure handy for you, when the drum of unleaded plopped over, and you hopped out and muscled it up, I was impressed with your "Girl Power"! If you ever need somebody to chat with on cold and lonely days, eek61 at yahoo is how you can get in touch with me, I'd look forward starting up a dialogue with you, if you like. Other than that, you take care of yourself out there Sue, and keep warm.

Ron.

Michael Farkash
Michael Farkash

We got in Israel a lot of tough ladies in the army etc. but this lady Sue from Alaska is something real special.

Naomy Stewart
Naomy Stewart

Wanted to find out if you ever lived in Southern California, around 1982? Or worked with a man named Danny Fisher?

Cali Moon
Cali Moon

Sue,

good luck next winter. spring is well on it's way. hope the little foxies that live near by are doing well as you.

how much is it to stay in camp? that I would really like to know.

Patricia Lewis
Patricia Lewis

Thank You for opening your world and showing how strong women live.  I have a few years on you and live in sunny florida.  My way was to drive an 18 wheeler when only men did it.  I love being alone and driving kept me sane.  Now I just live in the country and don't have a phone and don't use the mailbox.  If I choose to interact with others it is thru my computer.  I think there are a lot of young women who have watched and I hope they realize that there are many ways to live your life and anyone can go after the life they want.  My eyes have aged and I can no longer drive.  I rarely leave my acre but my memories of this great USA keep me happy.  My regret is that I never went to Alaska.  Please keep safe up there and Know I get great pleasure in watching you up there in Alaska.    

rich flemming
rich flemming

SUE.....WHAT DO U DO FOR SEX.......ANIMALS OR A VIBRATOR????

Cindy Edwards
Cindy Edwards

Hey Sue,

So glad to see you are back on I really enjoy watching the show and try not to be givnig to much head

because I will miss you to much.

Patricia Pivariunas
Patricia Pivariunas

Hi Sue, first time trying to message you.  My husband and I have been watching life below zero since it started and you are our favorite one to follow.  We do follow everyone on the show but yes you are our favorite.  I've had people tell me that i'm the strongest woman they know because fighting cancer twice and then heart problems and other illnesses but watching you on the show and I know i'm not the strongest just a tough old girl that won't go down without a fight just like you.  We can't wait for the new season to come on tonight.  Do you do any fishing in that part of Alaska?

Margaret Groleau
Margaret Groleau

What is the name of the plant you use for joint discomfort? We watched you picking it on the 3/11/14 show. My husband has RA and his joints are always giving him problems we like to use natural as much as possible. Be careful of the wolves. I admire your strength and comfort with isolation. Be safe.

Deana Anderson
Deana Anderson

Sue I love watching you on this show.  You are living a dream of mine.  Don't get me wrong I know it cant be  easy but, I would have loved to try it..  I do hope your health keeps you going strong.  Your determination has it going on.  I would love to visit you but I also know that is a dream too.  We are planning on taking a cruise through Alaska this summer.  It will be towards the end of August, I am looking forward to that.  Gods speed Sue and I will be watching.. :)

Joanne Tommer
Joanne Tommer

Hey Sue, how's things? I was wondering if you were ok, or maybe you had given up the artic and gone to Florida...hahaha. I had sent you a couple emails and hadn't heard back....I know, like I'm the only one who emails you. ; ) I loved the video here, too damn funny "Gave the bear a little head", sounds like somethin' I'd say. Well hope you are doing well, and should you happen to find that email feel free to laugh or use it to fall asleep by. Take care

Emily P
Emily P

My boyfriend and I just love this show. We been thinking about moving out to Alaska our self's or at least visiting. We were just wondering how much do you charge for you bed breakfast? 

Emily P
Emily P

My boyfriend and I just love your show. We are wanting to move to Alaska or at least visit. I was just wondering How much do you charge to stay at your bed and breast fast? 

Betty P.
Betty P.

Sue, we enjoy your part of this show so MUCH! My fiancé is from Wisconsin, has a secluded place in the forest we're thinking of moving to. He really respects your resilience, and I'm learning a lot as well!

Stay healthy - Oh, I must have missed something, what surgery did you have? I miss seeing the shows right now, but we'll be heading south to fish soon, and then up north next spring, God willing!

Blessings to you! Nice to "meet" you, even if it is just online!

jeff dean
jeff dean

I love you Sue you are my kind of crazy

Jackie Delong
Jackie Delong

I love Sue's free spirit. As my husband and i were watching last night we talked about how she don't get too stressed and takes everything bad that happens all in stride. Even though I know I couldn't live like her, I would love to live a less stress free environment. She is one great person who would teach me alot about life. What a great person.  :)

Dennis B.
Dennis B.

Love the show Sue, but hate your language. Do you really need to cuss. Kids watch also.

Deloris Woodard
Deloris Woodard

Wouldn't it be safer to build a building instead of having tent material over the structure? 

Rae Noel
Rae Noel

You wouldn't enjoy reading or music much in a cabin without food, water or firewood.  Our winter days are dark and long and really enjoyed after you take care of the basics.  I live 100 miles from a grocery store, if I don't buy it and store it, likely I won't have it.  Food costs the earth here and everyone takes advantage of what you can harvest from nature.  Great way of life.  Sue has the camp open in the summer so she has lots of company. I am sure that she is ready for the tourists to leave by the end of the summer, most Alaskans are because of the crowds and questions.  Sue is like most alaskan, a little odd and proud of it. 

Leah almeleh
Leah almeleh

One other thing - it seems as thought everyone is consumed with hunting food and making sure there is enough fire wood for heat.  Doesn't anyone have an interest in reading a book, listening to music, doing anything but exist in mere survival mode?

Leah almeleh
Leah almeleh

I just discovered this television program.  We were in Alaska this summer and I am totally fascinated by the people who are show-cased in this program.  Sue is very bright - as well as a bit eccentric. She pretty much tells it as it is - no sugar-coating.  This little clip does her a disservice.  Her little giggle seems very creepy. This is not at all how I perceive her.  I'm curious as to how much she relies on her computer for human contact.  Is she one of these nerd-types who cannot function in real life, using social media for make-believe friendships? Or - does she eschew human contact even over the internet?  What drove her to the Arctic?  Why does she not seem to have much of an urge to be with her family and grand-children?  Just curious.  I think she's the most interesting person on the show!!!

kathy Bertschi
kathy Bertschi

LOVE THE SHOW!!!!! I agree Sue makes the show....

James Leshinski
James Leshinski

James Leshinski

Dear Sue 

What is the camp for? who uses it? Why

Cheryl Jordan
Cheryl Jordan

Ok.  Sue I love You!  You look at life in a way that I am not accustomed to but I love it.   I live basically an easy life.  One that there are things about it I love; such as my family.  But, I want to experience other ways of life.  I am naive I am sure, but I still would love to take  some time and live a hard, rustic life like you do.  I want to live out in the wilderness where I can enjoy yet respect nature and learn what it means to really respect nature.  I believe in America especially too many of us have it too easy.  I wish I had even grown up on a dair farm as my dad did; working the farm everyday- just to learn what hard work really means.  Plus I love nature and sometimes feel like I am suffocating.  I grew up in WI in the country.  Getting our milk from the local dairy farm, growing vegetables in a large family garden.  But as an adult it is different.  The stories I could tell about trying to share some of the experiences I had as a child with my daughters.  LOL.  Like the fact that I love the smell of a dairy farm and both my girls gagged and vomited when I took them to one.  Oh how easy my life realy is.  If I ever can afford to, I want to come and meet you Sue and stay at your camp.  I need some roughing it!! Lol. 

Linda Brennan
Linda Brennan

@susan simon I agree with you 100%!  I haven't seen the dog in the  past couple of episodes so I hope there is nothing wrong with her - or worse!  Surely Sue wouldn't be so cruel to leave her out - I thought Sue got her for companionship....don't throw your companion to the "wolves"!

Susan Aikens
Susan Aikens

@Connee CollinsThat was a family member named Rick. The family was concerned for me as it was the first season after my surgery :)

Susan Aikens
Susan Aikens

@Leah almelehYou are concerned with food and safety, but I dont recall saying or showing that I am a Neanderthal out of touch with music and such. In fact I love Opera and read voraciously. You take care of absolute needs first so you CAN enjoy the simpler exotic pleasure life offers. :)

Susan Aikens
Susan Aikens

@Leah almelehThank you. It may be my laugh is creepy, but it is all mine lol. I have done well in society, but am happy alone and doing what I do. My urges to be with, or be in contact with my family, children and grandchildren are my private business and thus not spotlighted. The show does indeed highlight the dangers and worries, but the laughter and smiles and flower picking that you dont see happen as well. Thank you for such a nice post, and your interest. I  like trying to answer questions when I see them!

Ron Ekas
Ron Ekas

That's a really inappropriate question there Rich Fleming, idiots like you should be censored.

Jacki Wodek
Jacki Wodek

@Susan Aikens  Why aren't you allowed to live in a permanent structure?  By the way, I love the show - you are absolutely my favorite - I wish the whole show was about you and your life.