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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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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. 

Endeavor Longmire
Endeavor Longmire

IMHO Sue makes the show. They are all great people, but there is something about someone that far north doing all she does. It's impressive as is she. She's funny and real. That's rare these days.

Robert Runde
Robert Runde

Life with sue.watch it. Laugh so fffin hard.No light houses there sue.

gina stancil
gina stancil

conrats on buying the camp.i would love to come and work there with you one season.if u need any help give me a holler.

Tracy Lavoie
Tracy Lavoie

"He wanted a little head"  OMG...I'm laughing sooo loudly at that. You are not only strong, and brave, and your own f'ing woman, but you're hilarious!!  Much respect to you, sista. Peace.  Tracy

Tracy Lavoie
Tracy Lavoie

"He wanted a little head"  OMG....I'm actually laughing out loud. If I had had liquid in my mouth, it would have come right out my nose. You're HILARIOUS!!!  Much respect to you, my girl. Peace - Tracy

Kay House
Kay House

I went back and re-watched the shows and Sue HAS answered 3 of peoples questions: What is the camp?

It is an Outpost Station for Search and Rescue and refueling for them. Also she is a Weather station.She said this is how she makes her living so she obviously gets paid to stay their year around and be available if they need her facilities. She buys the fuel and then if they need to refuel there they will pay her for what they use. I called and Fish & Game and the Search and Rescue people said they would pay for what they used as needed.

Does she have grandchildren? Yes in episode 2 & 3 she mentions these things. She talks about her granddaughter was visiting and a wolf was stalking her.

I'm sure that the extra trailers are for the search and rescue team to stay in, at lease that is what makes since.

Hope this helps those of you who missed these things, I did too until I watched it again and paid attention for answers to those questions..

Kay House
Kay House

I love the show.  Sue is my favorite. So happy she was able to buy the place. Would like to know how she survived for those 10 days?  Who found her?  If she were removed from the show I would not watch again out of protest. Look forward to the new season. I've watched all 10 of the shows at least 3 times each. Always see something I've missed before. I admire everyone featured on the show I just happen to like Sue the best. Thank you Nat Geo for bringing us this show.

Jon Bolton
Jon Bolton

Hi Sue...Kudos to you, glad to see your doing well; (Of course :) i hope your venture (Kavikrivercamp.com) is successful...light-up a cigar....you deserve it.

steve sweeter
steve sweeter

Anyone having trouble w/ video not loading. 

Cathe Armstrong
Cathe Armstrong

What was the camp previously to when Sue moved there?

Stephen Dillon
Stephen Dillon

Has everyone gone as nuts as Sue has? It's patently obvious that she self-absorbed and has psychological issues, whether it's antisocial tendencies or fatalist obsessions. She is the one character that I would remove from the show

jean winders
jean winders

Congrats on purchasing the camp. Big fans here in Washington state!!

pamela cash
pamela cash

Way to go girl, so glad you bought the camp.  Sue you amaze me, I cannot believe how you do all you do by yourself.  I spent the winter in 2012, in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and cannot imagine what it is like where you are.  Keep up the good work Sue, you show your viewers the courage of a lion, and I find strength in watching you survive the most unbelieveable inviornment and situations, and how you slove them, all by yourself.  So glad you got the fuel, I was on the edge of my set when you didn't know if you would have to prime the fuel, if it would even pump !!  I just had to throw that it.         Thanks, Pamela Cash, Bristol, Tennessee

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!

Cheryl Jordan
Cheryl Jordan

@gina stancil Gina I so agree.  I am a 49 year old with two grown daughters.  And just wanting to experience nature, hard work, and a different life.  I would work for free, just for the experience. 

Susan Aikens
Susan Aikens

@Kay HouseThanks Kay! I dont get paid to be here year round, Search and Rescue has only come through one time in 12 years, but AFD&G does come through often in the summer. That is so cool that you re-watched to see the answers! I like that and appreciate it.

Susan Aikens
Susan Aikens

@Cathe ArmstrongDepends how far back you go. It was similar to what it is now but almost exclusively for Oil and Gas. My vision is more eco-tourism and green

Steven Harmon
Steven Harmon

@Stephen Dillon Stephen, you are obviously so insecure in your own "true self" that you would try to label someone or talk about psychological issues. The only reason you wrote this is so you could get responses from people. I am sure you are just feeding on their responses. All of us have some type of issue and from experience I have found that the ones who judge are the ones with the most severe head cases. Maybe you should do us all a favor and go kill yourself as the world does not need any negative people like you in it. I will pray for you and your family!!!

Debbie Tharp
Debbie Tharp

Ya know Stephen, in my line of work, the patients who feel the need to write or say negative comments, or in your case, diagnose someone unknown to you, suffer from a myriad number of issues, from self-loathing ...to...night sweats.....

Debbie in Portland

Cheryl Jordan
Cheryl Jordan

@Stephen Dillon Sorry Stephen I have to agree with Pamela.  I love Sue!!  I wish I could experience her life for just a little while.  I love her tenacity, her strength, her respect for nature, and her sense of humor.  I would love to meet her and learn some things from her.  She is content with her life, how many people can say that.  Too many Americans want and feel they need so much, me included.  She relys on herself, her smarts, her own strength and is content.  Wow.  That to me is awesome! 

pamela cash
pamela cash

@Stephen Dillon I think you are the one that's nuts, each to their own, what's right for you might not be right for me, no one is right of wrong here, it is just how we choose to live our lives, I wish she was my friend, neighbor, she is a mighty woman who has the ability and the guts to survive and live as she chooses and I love her on the show, she makes the show, but again that's just my opion

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.