Narrator: PREVIOUSLY ON “MOUNTAIN MEN” IN MONTANA, TOM TOOK ON HIS BIGGEST JOB YET Tom: I’M JUST SCARED ABOUT THIS HIDE FALLING APART IT COULD BRING US UP TO $3,000 PHEW. I THINK WE DID IT Narrator: WHILE IN ALASKA Marty: THAT IS GNARLY! LOOK AT THAT! [BLEEP] Narrator: MARTY RISKED EVERYTHING TO TOUCH DOWN IN THE WILD UNKNOWN Marty: THE REVELATIONS IS LIKE A WHOLE DIFFERENT WORLD ♪♪ — Captions by VITAC — www.vitac.com CLOSED CAPTIONING FUNDED BY A&E TELEVISION NETWORKS Narrator: ALASKA’S REVELATION MOUNTAINS STAND IN UTTER ISOLATION FROM THE MODERN WORLD THE RANGE IS SO REMOTE THAT THE FIRST RECORDED VISIT BY MAN DIDN’T OCCUR UNTIL 1967 MARTY MEIEROTTO HAS FLOWN HERE IN A BID TO SALVAGE HIS SEASON AFTER HIS ESTABLISHED TRAPLINE IN THE ALASKAN RANGE FAILED TO PRODUCE FUR Marty: I’M A TRAPPER, SO I’M GONNA TRAP IF I GOT TO GO LOOK SOMEWHERE ELSE TO FIND FUR, THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO Narrator: FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS, MARTY IS STARTING A TRAPLINE FROM SCRATCH SO HE’LL HAVE TO FACE THE ELEMENTS WITH ONLY BASIC GEAR Marty: I DON’T HAVE A CABIN TO GO TO THAT I ALREADY HAVE SUPPLIES IN I DON’T HAVE A SNOW MACHINE TO MOVE AROUND YOU DON’T HAVE THAT LUXURY SO IT’S GONNA BE PRETTY SPARTAN LIVING Narrator: MARTY HAS ALREADY SECURED SHELTER, BUT HE’LL NEED MORE THAN THAT TO SURVIVE HERE SO THE NEXT ORDER OF BUSINESS IS GETTING WATER, BUT OUT HERE, GETTING WATER ISN’T AS EASY AS JUST TURNING ON A FAUCET EVERYTHING’S A LITTLE MORE OF A PRODUCTION SO IT’S NICE TO HAVE A RIVER RIGHT CLOSE TO BE ABLE TO JUST GET A GOOD SUPPLY NOT TOO FAR AWAY FROM THE TENT GOOD AND CLEAR, BEAUTIFUL WATER OH, NO. THAT AIN’T GOOD Narrator: MARTY DISCOVERS AN UNSETTLING SIGN BENEATH THE SURFACE THIS IS A PRIME SPOT FOR OVERFLOW Narrator: OVERFLOW OCCURS WHEN EXTREME COLD FREEZES THE WATER AT THE BOTTOM OF A RIVER AS A LAYER OF ICE GROWS BELOW, THE WATER FLOWING ABOVE IS PUSHED OVER THE BANK, FLOODING THE SURROUNDING AREA IF THE OVERFLOW MIXES WITH SNOW, IT CREATES A FAST-FREEZING SLUSH THAT ACTS LIKE QUICKSAND OVERFLOW IS THE BANE OF ALASKA TRAPPERS IT’S THE ONE CONSTANT GREMLIN THAT’S OUT TO GET YOU JUST FROM THE LOOKS OF IT, IT’S GONNA GO STRAIGHT DOWN THERE IN THOSE TREES TOWARDS MY PLANE AND IF IT HAPPENS DURING THE NIGHT, I MIGHT JUST WAKE UP AND THE PLANE’S SITTING IN A BLOCK OF ICE SO, THE MORE I THINK ABOUT IT, THE MORE I THINK MAYBE I SHOULD REPOSITION THE PLANE IT’S AMAZING HOW MUCH IT CAN FLOW SO I GOT TO DO SOMETHING FAST Narrator: MARTY’S PLANE IS HIS ONLY WAY OUT OF THE REVELATIONS HE MUST PUT ALL OTHER WORK ON HOLD TO SECURE IT I’M GONNA HAVE TO TRY AND GET HER ON HIGHER GROUND, FIND SOMEPLACE SAFE IF THE WATER COMES UP OVER MY SKIS, MY PLANE’S BASICALLY ENTOMBED IN ICE AND I’M IN A WORLD OF HURT IF YOU SEE SOMETHING GOING WRONG, YOU GOT TO FIX IT BEFORE IT ACTUALLY GOES WRONG IT’S GONNA BE A BIG PRODUCTION, BUT BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY I’M GONNA MOVE IT Narrator: 1,800 MILES SOUTHEAST A WAVE OF BITTER WINTER COLD PUMMELS THE STATE OF MONTANA WITH HEAVY SNOW AND SUBZERO TEMPERATURES AND WHILE TOM OAR TRIES TO PRESERVE HIS LIFE IN THE MOUNTAINS, THE WEATHER IS MAKING HIS SURVIVAL MORE DIFFICULT THAN EVER Tom: IT’S TOUGH-GOING THIS TIME OF YEAR BUT WE GOT TO BRING SOME MONEY IN SO I’VE GOT A LOT OF WORK I’VE GOT TO DO, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE WE DEAL IN SKINS UP HERE Narrator: TOM IS WORKING A RARE BISON SKIN THAT CAME TO HIM IN A STATE OF DECAY Tom: WHEN I FIRST GOT IT, IT WAS PRETTY SHAKY Narrator: SEVERAL DAYS OF WORK RESCUED THE HIDE, WHICH CAN FETCH UP TO $3,000 Tom: SO FOR NOW, IT’S IN GOOD SHAPE

Narrator: THE FINAL STEP IN THE PROCESS IS TO SET THE COLOR OF THE SKIN BY SMOKING IT IT HANGS FROM THE TRIPOD OVER A SMOKESTACK THE SMOKE COMES UP AND MAKES THE WHITE HIDE A BROWNER COLOR, AND NOW THEY’RE WASHABLE Narrator: BUT TOM’S SMOKER RIG HAS SEEN BETTER DAYS OH, SHE DON’T LOOK VERY GOOD I BUILT IT 18 YEARS AGO, AND NOW THE POLES ARE ALL TWISTED AND ROTTEN AND ABOUT TO FALL DOWN Narrator: THE RIG NEEDS TO SUPPORT MORE THAN 20 POUNDS DON’T KNOW IF I COULD HANG MY HIDES DOWN THIS SUCKER OR NOT OH! WELL, THAT WORKED GOOD BUT I DIDN’T EXPECT TO KNOCK THE WHOLE THING DOWN HERE I’M LUCKY I CHECKED IT, BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO HAVE MY HIDES HANGING UP THERE SMOKING AND THEN HAVE IT FALL DOWN AH GUESS WE’RE GONNA HAVE TO DO A LITTLE REBUILDING HERE, I’LL TELL YOU Narrator: 2,000 MILES SOUTHEAST IN NORTH CAROLINA’S BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS EUSTACE CONWAY IS MAKING PROGRESS ON A SHED HE’S BUILDING TO PROTECT HIS NEWLY MILLED LUMBER Eustace: HAVING THIS BUILDING ALLOWS ME TO KEEP MY OWN LUMBER AND ANY LUMBER I MIGHT SELL AND KEEP IT IN A GOOD STATE Narrator: BUT IT WILL TAKE MORE THAN HIS OWN MUSCLE AND A SINGLE HORSEPOWER TO COMPLETE THE TASK Eustace: THIS IS A BIG JOB, AND THOSE LOGS WERE PRETTY HEAVY THINK I’M GONNA WEAR THE HORSES OUT GOING BACK AND FORTH SO WE NEED TO GET SOMETHING LIKE A TRUCK TO PULL THE LOGS AND CARRY THE EQUIPMENT, AND I’VE GOT AN OLD TRUCK PROBLEM IS, THAT DANG GAS HAS GOT SO EXPENSIVE, I CAN’T EVEN AFFORD TO MAKE THE TRUCK RUN Narrator: BUT EUSTACE HAS AN IDEA TO GET HIS TRUCK TO RUN WITHOUT GASOLINE Eustace: I’VE HEARD THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY RUN A TRUCK ON WOOD WHAT YOU BURNING UP THERE, BROTHER? OH, HEY YEAH, I’M JUST WORKING ON THAT GASIFIER, THAT THING I WAS TELLING YOU ABOUT, WHERE YOU MAKE THE TRUCK RUN ON WOOD YOU CAPTURE THE SMOKE LET ME SHOW YOU I GOT SOME PLANS RIGHT OVER HERE REALLY? THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN TELLING YOU ABOUT THAT’S WHAT MAKES THIS THING RUN Narrator: A GASIFIER IS A DEVICE INVENTED IN THE 1800s THAT CONVERTS SMOKE INTO A MIXTURE OF GASES THAT CAN POWER A COMBUSTION ENGINE SOME OF THIS STUFF LOOKS LIKE WE COULD JUST CHANGE IT UP AND JUST USE READY-MADE, SIMPLE THINGS LIKE, THAT COULD BE INSIDE OF A BARREL WE HAVE TO FIND SOME PARTS, MAYBE GO TO A JUNKYARD, AND JUST SORT OF GET WHATEVER IT TAKES TO MAKE IT WORK THAT IS CLEVER AS ALL GET OUT SIMPLE AND SMART EUSTACE AND PRESTON HEAD TO A LOCAL JUNKYARD TO SALVAGE AN AIR PUMP FROM AN OLD CAR WHAT IS IT EXACTLY WE’RE LOOKING FOR HERE, EUSTACE? WELL, WE GOT TO HAVE SOME KIND OF BLOWER OR FAN TO MOVE THE GAS THROUGH THE WHOLE UNIT SO THAT COULD BE, LIKE, OUT OF A HEATER THE AIR PUMP IS CRITICAL IT CIRCULATES THE COMBUSTIBLE GASES TOWARD THE INTAKE VALVE OF THE TRUCK’S MOTOR, A KEY STEP IN GETTING THE TRUCK TO RUN ON WOOD Eustace: THAT COSTS HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS, YOU KNOW, IF WE HAD TO GO BUY A NEW ONE BUT OUT HERE, WE CAN GET A GOOD DEAL ON IT Preston: THAT STILL GOT THE HEATER IN IT? NO, I THINK SOMEBODY’S PULLED IT OUT OF THIS ONE IT’S GOT TO BE IN HERE SOMEWHERE LET’S JUST KEEP LOOKING IF I GET THIS TRUCK THING FIGURED OUT WHERE I CAN RUN IT ON FIREWOOD, MAN, I’D BE ABLE TO MAKE MY OWN FUEL AND I’VE GOT A LOT OF TREES HERE, SO I’LL BE IN GOOD SHAPE LET’S GO THROUGH THERE AGAIN I BET WE CAN FIND IT SOMEWHERE THAT ONE LOOKS LIKE THE RIGHT-YEAR MODEL TO ME IT SURE DOES DOESN’T HAVE A MOTOR IN IT YEAH OH, MAN THEY PULLED IT [ Chuckling ] GOLLY MAN! LET ME LOOK IN THE CAB YEAH, LOOK IN THE FRONT SEAT IS THERE ANYTHING IN THE CAB OVER THERE, PRESTON? NO, THERE’S NOTHING IN HERE AH Eustace: WE’RE GONNA HAVE TO FIND ONE IF WE CAN’T FIND THIS SENSOR, WE’RE GONNA HAVE A HARD TIME MAKING THIS GASIFIER WORK

WE’VE GOT TO HAVE IT, PRESTON WE ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO HAVE IT YEAH YOU’RE NOT GETTING IT OUT OF THIS ONE HAVE YOU LOOKED AT THESE TWO OVER HERE? I HAVEN’T LOOKED AT EITHER ONE OF THEM NO YOU KNOW, THAT ONE — LOOK, THAT ONE, THAT’S A NEWER MODEL YEAH MAYBE IT’S GOT ONE IN HERE YEAH Preston: BUT IT’D BE UNDER ALL THIS Preston: FINDING THIS IS KEY WITHOUT THAT, WE DON’T HAVE ANYTHING WELL, I DON’T KNOW IF I CAN GET IN THERE TO LOOK ON THIS ONE, EUCE LET ME MOVE THIS TRUCK IT HAD ONE, BUT IT IS GONE LIKE ALL THE OTHER ONES I CAN’T SEE ANYTHING HEY, I AM CHECK THAT OUT WHOO-HOO! THAT’S OUR BABY RIGHT THERE SEE THAT? YEAH THAT’S OUR FLAPPER IT WAS ONE OF THE LAST TRUCKS I WAS SO HAPPY WE FOUND THAT LET’S GET HOME AND PUT THIS THING TOGETHER LET’S DO IT Narrator: 2,000 MILES AWAY IN THE YAAK, TOM IS PREPARING TO SMOKE A PRIZED BISON HIDE, BUT FIRST HE NEEDS TO REPAIR THE RIGGING THAT COLLAPSED AFTER THE SMOKEHOUSE POLES ALL FELL DOWN ON ME WHEN I PULLED THE ROPE, DECIDED TO GO OUT AND CUT A FEW POLES Narrator: TOM SELECTS LODGEPOLE PINES BECAUSE THEY’RE STRAIGHT, TALL, AND STURDY, PERFECT TO SUPPORT THE WEIGHT Tom: I NEED THREE OR FOUR REPLACEMENT POLES WITHOUT A LOT OF KINKS AND KNOTS IN THEM Narrator: HE PREPARES EACH POLE BY DELIMBNG IT AND REMOVING THE BARK HARD-WORK EXERCISE LIKE THAT, IT ISN’T EASY IT ALL HAS TO BE DONE BY HAND, AND IT TAKES HOURS THE FIRST THING WE’RE GONNA SET UP — THE TRIPOD OF POLES THAT’S TIED TOGETHER AT THE TOP LEAN ALL THE POLES IN THEIR NATURAL WAY THIS WILL WORK GOOD SO THIS IS GONNA LOOK LIKE A TEEPEE WITHOUT A SKIN ON IT WHEN WE’RE DONE ALL RIGHT! Narrator: TOM FIXES A PULLEY TO THE FRAME, WHICH HE’LL USE TO HOIST THE HIDE AS IT SMOKES Tom: I HOPE THAT IT WORKS WE’RE JUST GONNA HAVE TO TRY THIS OUT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS Narrator: 2,800 MILES AWAY IN ALASKA’S REVELATION MOUNTAINS, SUBZERO TEMPERATURES ARE FREEZING THE BOTTOM OF A SWIFT RIVER, THREATENING TO TRAP MARTY’S PLANE IN AN ICY FLOOD OF OVERFLOW Marty: THE TEMPERATURE’S DROPPING WAY DOWN, RIVER’S STARTING TO FREEZE I COULD SEE THE OVERFLOW OUT THERE, THE STEAM ON THE RIVER THE RIVER COULD BE CHANGING COURSE IT COULD GET HERE FAST SO I WANT TO GET THE PLANE MOVED BEFORE I HAVE TO BE UP AGAINST SOMETHING LIKE THAT THE RIVER EVEN SOUNDS DIFFERENT MY GUESS IS THIS RIVER IS CHANGING COURSE AS WE SPEAK YOU KNOW, EVERYTHING OUT HERE USED TO BE A CHANNEL OF THE RIVER THE PLANE’S IN A PRETTY LOW DIP, AND THE CHANNEL JUST RUNS UP TO THAT OPEN WATER UP THERE SO WHAT I’M WORRIED ABOUT IS, IT FREEZES UP THERE, REROUTES THE RIVER A LITTLE BIT I COULD GET WATER COMING UP AND JUST BURY MY SKIS, AND THAT’S GONNA TURN TO ICE PRETTY QUICK AND IT WOULD BE A NIGHTMARE IN THE BUSH, WHEN YOU FLY OUT SOMEWHERE, THE AIRPLANE IS YOUR LIFELINE BACK IF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO THE PLANE, YOU’RE NOT GOING BACK SO THAT’S HOW IMPORTANT IT IS SO I’M GONNA TRY AND MOVE THE PLANE UP ONTO THE BANK IT’S GONNA BE UP ABOUT FOUR FEET HIGHER THAN IT IS RIGHT NOW Narrator: TO GET HIS PLANE TO SAFE GROUND, MARTY HAS TO CLEAR A PATH THROUGH THE DEEP SNOW TO THE TOP OF THE RIVERBANK Marty: I’M GONNA CUT THIS BRUSH OUT OF THE WAY

AND A COUPLE OF THE SMALLER TREES, AND THEN I CAN HOPEFULLY JUST TAXI FROM WHERE I LANDED OUT THERE STRAIGHT INTO HERE IT’S BETTER TO BE PROACTIVE THAN TO JUST REACT, OR YOU’RE GONNA GET IN TROUBLE I BETTER GET CUTTING [ CHAINSAW REVS ] SO I’M JUST GONNA TAKE OUT THESE SMALLER TREES RIGHT IN HERE, HOPEFULLY GET THE PLANE IN HERE, AND JUST RIGHT IN THIS AREA RIGHT HERE Narrator: MARTY CARVES A 35’x25′ CLEARING TO FIT HIS PLANE Marty: WHEW! HOPEFULLY IT’LL BE ENOUGH ROOM Narrator: WESTERN ALASKA’S SWIFT RIVER IS A 100-MILE STREAM OF GLACIAL RUNOFF THAT CUTS THROUGH THE REVELATION RANGE A SHEET OF ICE FORMING ON THE RIVERBED IS CAUSING THE RIVER WATER TO SWELL OVER THE BANK, SEEPING INTO THE SURROUNDING SNOW AND THREATENING MARTY’S ONLY WAY OUT OF THIS REMOTE LAND Marty: THE WATER GETS TO THE PLANE, THEN MY PLANE’S LOCKED IN ICE, AND THEN I’M NOT GOING ANYWHERE [ ENGINE TURNS OVER ] Narrator: TO GET HIS PLANE TO HIGHER GROUND, MARTY MUST TAXI ACROSS THE TUNDRA, TURN AROUND, AND MAKE A RUN FOR IT [ CRACKING ] [ ENGINE SPUTTERS ] 3,500 MILES SOUTHEAST IN THE APPALACHIANS OF NORTH CAROLINA, EUSTACE IS APPLYING SOME INGENUITY TO A COST-SAVING PROJECT HE’S WORKING WITH THE SCRAP METAL HE HAS ON HAND TO CONSTRUCT WHAT’S KNOWN AS A GASIFIER, A CONTRAPTION THAT WILL ALLOW HIM TO RUN HIS PICKUP TRUCK ON WOOD RATHER THAN EXPENSIVE GASOLINE WE HAVE TO SORT OF CUSTOM MANUFACTURE THE SHAPE OH, YEAH YEAH, THAT’S GONNA WORK WE GOT ALL THESE BARRELS, AND EACH ONE HAS ITS NAME AND ITS PURPOSE WE HAVE TO PIECE IT ALL TOGETHER LIKE A BIG PUZZLE Narrator: WOOD BURNS IN THE FIRST BARREL, PRODUCING SMOKE THE SECOND BARREL FILTERS NITROGEN AND HYDROGEN FROM THE SMOKE AND PUMPS THEM TO THE MOTOR TO BE BURNED AS FUEL YEAH! GOING TOGETHER NOW RIGHT ON NOW ALL WE GOT TO DO IS GET THE FUEL LINE BACK INTO THE FRONT OF THE MOTOR TO CONNECT THE GASIFIER TO HIS ENGINE, EUSTACE MAKES A FUEL LINE OUT OF SOME DISCARDED PVC PIPE USUALLY, MOST FUEL LINES GO UP UNDERNEATH AND COME UP SO IT’D PROBABLY GO BACK AT AN ANGLE YEAH THIS ONE COMES IN FROM THE SIDE, BECAUSE THE FUEL TANK IS SORT OF ON TOP OF THE TRUCK THAT ACTUALLY LOOKS PRETTY GOOD RIGHT THERE WE’VE GOT ALL THIS STUFF TOGETHER NOW I MEAN, IT’S AN ADVENTURE THIS IS IT WE JUST HAVE TO TRY IT OUT Narrator: 2,000 MILES AWAY IN THE YAAK VALLEY’S CABINET MOUNTAINS, TOM IS TRYING TO SMOKE A BISON HIDE THAT HAS ALREADY COST HIM SEVERAL DAYS OF EFFORT TO PREPARE, BUT THE HEAVY SNOWFALL IS MAKING THINGS DIFFICULT Tom: I’VE GOT TO GET ENOUGH OF A FIRE GOING TO KIND OF WARM THE GROUND UP SO IT DON’T PUT OFF TOO MUCH CONDENSATION IT COULD ACTUALLY RUIN THE HIDE Narrator: STEAM FROM MELTED SNOW CAN COOK THE HIDE INSTEAD OF JUST COLORING IT WE DON’T WANT THE HIDE GETTING DAMP WE WANT A GOOD, DRY SMOKE ON IT THAT WILL JUST GIVE IT COLOR I’M NOT SURE ABOUT PUTTING A $3,000 BISON HIDE ON THERE

THERE’S A LOT OF MONEY INVOLVED, AND MAYBE I NEED TO SMOKE ANOTHER HIDE ON IT FIRST, JUST TO MAKE SURE IT’S GONNA WORK GOOD Narrator: TOM TESTS THE SMOKER ON A DEER HIDE THAT’S STITCHED TOGETHER LIKE A SLEEVE TO CATCH AS MUCH SMOKE AS POSSIBLE HE’LL NEED TO KEEP THE FIRE STOKED FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR TO FULLY SMOKE THE HIDE IT’S A LONG, DRAWN-OUT THING, AND IT TAKES LOTS OF FIREWOOD [ DOG BARKS ] OH [BLEEP] THE SMOKER’S ON FIRE! OHH I RUINED IT I DON’T KNOW I GUESS A SPARK MUST’VE COME UP OR SOMETHING I GUESS SOMETHING MUST’VE BLOWN UP THE PIPE AND CAUGHT THAT FAWN’S SKIN ON FIRE I WAS WORRIED SO MUCH ABOUT CONDENSATION AND NOT EVEN DREAMING THAT IT COULD CATCH ON FIRE THE WAY IT DID SO, THAT HAPPENING AGAIN WITH THE BISON RUG WOULD BE A DISASTER I MEAN, THIS IS THE BIG THING OF THE YEAR FOR US, AND IF WE LOSE THAT, IT’S GONNA HURT SO I GOT THE CHIMNEY BRUSH OUT, AND I RUN THAT CHIMNEY BRUSH ALL THROUGH THAT STOVE PIPE ON THAT SMOKER IT’S NO WONDER THERE WAS AN EMBER THAT GOT UP THROUGH THERE OH, GEEZ! ‘CAUSE THERE WAS A WHOLE BUNCH OF STUFF INSIDE THE PIPE IS IT DIRTY? THAT WAS PRETTY DAMN DIRTY IT REALLY WAS I GOT ALL THIS HARD WORK HERE THAT’S PRECIOUS, YOU KNOW SMOKING THIS ROBE SCARES THE HELL OUT OF ME, AND I’M FEARLESS ALL THE WORK INTO THIS THING, TO BURN IT UP IN FIVE MINUTES, IT WOULDN’T BE A VERY GOOD DEAL AT ALL SHOULD WE PUT HER ON? IF IT’S READY IF YOU THINK SO Narrator: TOM BORROWS HIS SMOKING TECHNIQUE FROM A CENTURIES-OLD NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITION WELL, SHE’S SMOKING ANYHOW Tom: THIS BISON HIDE IS SEWN UP THE BELLY THE HIDE’S HUNG FROM THE CEILING SMOKE COMES IN AND COLORS IT WE’RE GONNA BE SMOKING TILL DARK TO GET THIS DONE, BABY AFTER DARK, MAYBE HEY, GOT TO DO IT WE GOT TO DO IT Narrator: 1,800 MILES NORTH IN ALASKA’S REVELATION MOUNTAINS MARTY IS STUCK IN A FREEZING MIXTURE OF SNOW AND OVERFLOW THAT GRIPS HIS PLANE TO THE GROUND LIKE QUICKSAND Marty: WITH ALL THIS WET SNOW, YOU CAN GIVE IT FULL POWER AND IT JUST SITS THERE IT WON’T DO ANYTHING THE SKIS WILL FREEZE RIGHT TO THE GROUND SO IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TRYING TO GET THE SKIS LOOSENED UP Narrator: A FINAL PUMP ON THE ACCELERATOR BREAKS THE PLANE FREE, AND MARTY MAKES A RUN FOR THE CLEARING HE’S CUT HIGH ABOVE THE RIVERBANK Marty: I WAS WORRIED ABOUT GETTING STUCK, SO IT FEELS GOOD COMING OUT OF THAT HOLE IT WAS A PRETTY CLOSE CALL WHOO-HOO-HOO! [ ENGINE SHUTS OFF ] WELL…IT’S HERE [ CHUCKLES ] I GOT THE PLANE UP IT’S ABOUT FOUR FEET HIGHER THAN WHAT IT WAS SO THAT MADE ME FEEL A LOT BETTER I’M UP IN THE TREES INSTEAD OF DOWN IN THE OLD RIVER CHANNEL IT’S HIGH ENOUGH SO IF THE RIVER DOES OVERFLOW,

I DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT [ GRUNTING ] ALL RIGHT. PERFECT ALL I GOT TO DO IS TIE IT DOWN AND SHE’LL BE GOOD AGAIN NOW IT CAN OVERFLOW ALL IT WANTS SO NOW I CAN GET BACK TO TRAPPING IT’S GOOD GETTING EVERYTHING SQUARED AWAY, AT LEAST FOR NOW, BUT CAN’T MAKE ANY PLANS AND EXPECT TO FOLLOW THE PLANS, ‘CAUSE THINGS ARE GONNA CHANGE SO YOU HAVE TO THINK, “WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN, AND WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO MAKE SURE THAT IT DOESN’T HAPPEN?” IF IT’S A BAD THING THERE WE ARE I’M GETTING TOWARDS THE END OF THE DAY IT’S GETTING DARK, SO NOW ALL THAT’S LEFT IS TO GO BACK TO THE TENT CAMP AND GET SOME MORE SUPPLIES Narrator: IN MONTANA, TOM OAR IS SMOKING A BUFFALO HIDE HE’S BEEN WORKING ON FOR DAYS THIS IS THE FINAL STEP IN THE TANNING PROCESS, BUT EVERYTHING TAKES LONGER IN THE FRIGID AIR OH, MAN SHE STILL NEEDS MORE THIS IS A BAD TIME OF YEAR TO BE SMOKING HIDE IT’S SO COLD IN THE WINTER, THE SMOKE DON’T SEEM TO TAKE AS GOOD OR AS FAST AS IT DOES IN THE SUMMERTIME MORE SMOKE I’M NOT SURE HOW LONG IT’LL TAKE TO SMOKE SO YOU JUST HAVE TO BE THERE ALL THE TIME, CHUCKING MORE WOOD INTO IT, AND MAKING SURE YOU HAVEN’T CHUCKED TOO MUCH IN THERE ‘CAUSE TOO MUCH HEAT ISN’T GOOD, EITHER Narrator: TOM ISN’T TAKING ANY CHANCES WITH THIS HIDE HE KEEPS WATCH, EVEN AS THE DAY FADES AND THE TEMPERATURES PLUMMET [ DOG BARKS ] HOW ARE YOU DOING? OH, MAN [ MUTTERS ] [ SIGHS ] GOT COFFEE ALL RIGHT THERE YOU GO YEAH, IT’S GETTING COLD OUT YES, IT IS AND THAT SNOW’S COMING, TOO, ISN’T IT? YEAH AT LEAST IT’S SMOKING GOOD IT’S GETTING DARK WELL, IT’S NOT GONNA BE DONE BEFORE DARK YOU THINK ELLIE WOULD STAY OUT HERE TO KEEP ME WARM — SIT ON MY FEET? [ LAUGHS ] NO Tom: THIS IS A BIG-MONEY THING FOR US IT’S PROBABLY THE BIGGEST THING OF THE YEAR AND IF YOU DON’T GET IT DONE, YOU DON’T GET THE PAYDAY SO I’M GONNA GET THIS SUCKER DONE IF IT’S THE LAST THING I DO Narrator: 400 MILES SOUTH OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE, THE AVERAGE WINTER TEMPERATURE IN THE REVELATION MOUNTAINS HOVERS AROUND -20 DEGREES BUT DIPS AS LOW AS -50 AT NIGHT MARTY HAS FOOD, SHELTER, AND WATER, BUT WITH DAYLIGHT FADING FAST, HE NEEDS TO GET ONE LAST ESSENTIAL — WARMTH IF YOU DON’T HAVE WOOD TO PUT IN YOUR WOOD STOVE TO STAY WARM, YOU’RE GONNA BE IN A LOT OF TROUBLE DANGEROUS WHEN IT’S REAL COLD LIKE THIS SO IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO GET THAT WOOD AND HAVE IT READY TO GO I MEAN, IT’S PART OF JUST SURVIVING OUT HERE THERE’S A NICE DEAD ONE, NOT TOO BIG FOR CARRYING I DON’T HAVE A SNOW MACHINE TO DRAG BIG PILES OF WOOD SO I’M GONNA HAVE TO PUT IT ON MY BACK AND CARRY IT [ CHAINSAW REVVING ] I WANT TO CUT WOOD AS CLOSE TO THE TENT AS I CAN Narrator: MARTY WORKS CAREFULLY THERE ARE 60 MILES OF FROZEN TUNDRA BETWEEN HIM AND THE NEAREST HOSPITAL Marty: WHEN YOU’RE IN THE BUSH ALL BY YOURSELF, WHENEVER YOU’RE RUNNING EQUIPMENT LIKE A CHAINSAW, YOU HAVE TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL IF THE SAW KICKS BACK AND CUTS YOU, YOU’RE IN A LOT OF TROUBLE ‘CAUSE YOU GOT NOBODY TO TURN TO SO I HAVE TO CUT THEM, LIMB THEM, AND THEN I CUT THEM IN CHUNKS THAT I CAN CARRY AND I ALL I GOT TO DO IS HAUL HER BACK CUTTING FIREWOOD ON FOOT IS PRETTY LABOR-INTENSIVE

‘CAUSE YOU GOT TO CARRY IT ALL YOU GOT TO MOVE A LITTLE SLOWER AND JUST BE REALLY CONSCIOUS [ PANTING ] RIGHT ABOUT NOW, I’M MISSING MY SNOW MACHINE SOMETHING FIERCE IT’S A SLOW PROCESS Narrator: MARTY FELLS AND HAULS A DOZEN LOGS, EACH WEIGHING CLOSE TO 80 POUNDS Marty: IT’S LATE, AND I’M TIRED AND COLD ALL I GOT TO DO IS SPLIT WOOD NOBODY EVER FROZE TO DEATH BECAUSE THEY HAD TOO MUCH FIREWOOD WELL, THAT OUGHT TO KEEP ME IN THE HEAT FOR A WEEK OR TWO Narrator: NIGHT DESCENDS ON THE REVELATIONS THE TEMPERATURE PLUNGES TO 22-BELOW MARTY FEEDS A PORTABLE STOVE, HIS ONLY SOURCE OF HEAT Marty: THERE’S A LOT MORE CHALLENGES GOING SO FAR FROM HOME AND STARTING FROM SCRATCH JUST GONNA DO ONE STEP AT A TIME THIS COUNTRY’S DEFINITELY GONNA HAVE A LOT MORE CHALLENGES THAN WHAT I’M USED TO WELL, THAT’S KICKING UP SOME HEAT ALL PART OF THE GAME [ SIGHS ] Narrator: 3,500 MILES SOUTHEAST, NIGHTFALL BRINGS A BITING COLD TO THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS, BUT EUSTACE ISN’T TURNING IN HE’S DETERMINED TO TEST THE HOMEMADE GASIFIER HE’S BUILT TO GET HIS TRUCK RUNNING ON WOOD I GOT THE CHIPS THERE, PRESTON [ GRUNTS ] NOW THAT WE’VE GOT IT ALL HOOKED UP, WE’VE GOT TO PUT SOME FUEL IN THE TOP GOT SOME CHIPS FROM A CHIPPER DOWN AT THE MILL OH, HECK YEAH LOOK AT THAT Narrator: WOOD CHIPS FROM THE SAWMILL SERVE AS FUEL Eustace: BASICALLY, YOU PUT THE FUEL ON THE INSIDE, AND THEN YOU JUST PUT YOUR TORCH UP TO THE PORT Both: HERE’S TO YOU, BROTHER [ CHUCKLES ] GOOD LUCK LOOK AT IT SUCKING THAT THING IN THERE AND IT SUCKS THAT FLAME RIGHT INSIDE AND IGNITES IT ON THE INSIDE AND GETS IT GOING THERE THAT’S COOL HOT HOT FIRE IN THERE, PRESTON IT LOOKS LIKE THE GATES TO HELL WE GOT THE FIRE GOING THAT’S MAKING THE FUEL NOW WE GOT TO GET THE FUEL TO THE MOTOR AND IF IT GETS TO THE MOTOR, THEN IT MIGHT START Narrator: EUSTACE USES THE REPURPOSED AIR CONDITIONER HE FOUND IN THE JUNKYARD TO PUMP THE COMBUSTIBLE GAS TO HIS ENGINE I’M GONNA CHECK ON THAT BLOWER OH, YEAH! IT’S GOING! WE GOT IT! RIGHT ON YES! HECK YEAH, IT’S BLOWING OH, YEAH LET’S FIRE IT UP! I COULD USE A LITTLE HEAT Preston: THAT GAS FIRE’S ALL DONE NOW, SO I’M EXCITED TO SEE IF WE CAN GET THIS RASCAL ROLLING ALL RIGHT, I’LL GET THE VALVES ALL RIGHT AS SOON AS YOU GET THAT THING STARTED, I’LL CUT THEM OKAY ALL RIGHT? [ ENGINE SPUTTERS ] GOLLY! WHAT IN THE WORLD? SOMETHING BLEW UP ANYTIME YOU HAVE SOMETHING EXPLOSIVE LIKE HYDROGEN GAS, WHICH IS PART OF WHAT THIS IS, IT’S SOMETHING TO BE RESPECTFUL OF IT COULD BLOW BLEW THE TOP RIGHT OFF WOW WELL, IT COULD BE AN AIR LEAK YEAH COULD BE AN AIR LEAK, BUT I DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHERE IT WAS WE SEALED UP EVERYTHING REALLY GOOD Narrator: JUST LIKE ADDING OXYGEN TO A FIRE, IF TOO MUCH AIR ENTERS THE GASIFIER, THE RESULTS COULD BE EXPLOSIVE EUSTACE AND PRESTON SEARCH FOR LEAKS IT COULDN’T BE THAT THAT WAS ALL-THE-WAY TIGHT BUT THEY DON’T FIND ANY OH, WAIT A MINUTE Eustace: LOOK THERE THE WATER’S FROZEN LOOK AT THAT ICICLE THERE THAT MEANS THERE’S PROBABLY SOME ICE OR SOMETHING BLOCKING THE PIPE ICE BLOCKAGE IS PREVENTING THE FLOW OF SMOKE THROUGH THE SYSTEM DANG. IT’S COLD JUST SEEMED LIKE IT WAS JUST TOO COLD FOR THE GASES TO BE FORMING CORRECTLY, AND THAT CAUSED, BASICALLY, LIKE A BACKFIRE, A LITTLE POOF! IT MIGHT BE TOO COLD TO RUN THIS THING WE’LL JUST HAVE TO LET IT GO FOR NOW AND START IT AGAIN IN THE MORNING AND SEE WHAT WE CAN DO MAYBE IT’LL BE A LITTLE WARMER ALL RIGHT Eustace: WE’VE GOT TO GET THIS THING FIXED WE ARE FREEZING OUT HERE, AND WE’VE REALLY BEEN PUSHING AND TRYING SO HARD TO GET IT DONE, BUT I’M JUST GONNA HAVE TO BE OPEN-MINDED SO WE JUST CALLED IT A DAY, AND WE’RE GONNA COME BACK AT IT AND TRY IT AGAIN

Narrator: IN MONTANA’S YAAK VALLEY, WINTER NIGHTS CAN PRODUCE TEMPERATURES AS LOW AS 35 BELOW ZERO TOM OAR’S WATCH OVER A PRIZED BISON HIDE THAT HE’S SMOKING FOR MARKET IS ENTERING ITS SIXTH HOUR, AND THE COLD HAS COME QUICKLY SINCE THE SUNSET ARE YOU STILL ALIVE OUT HERE? YEAH. STILL. YEAH ARE YOU NEAR DONE? I THINK WE’RE OVER HALF DONE ELLIE WOULDN’T EVEN COME OUT [ CHUCKLES ] I CAN’T BLAME HER SHE WAS THINKING OF YOU FROM NEAR THE WOOD STOVE I’M GOING BACK IN I THINK I’M JUST GONNA HANG WITH THIS A LITTLE WHILE LONGER OKAY ALL RIGHT. I’M GOING ALL RIGHT, BABY IF I GOT TO SIT OUT HERE ALL NIGHT, I’M GONNA SIT HERE AND HOPEFULLY GET IT DONE TONIGHT SMOKE, YOU SUCKER. SMOKE [ Chuckling ] HASN’T CAUGHT FIRE YET OR ANYTHING, YOU KNOW WE’RE WATCHING IT, THOUGH Narrator: THE TEMPERATURE DROPS TO 15 BELOW, AND TOM STRUGGLES TO STAY VIGILANT [ BLOWING ] IT’S GETTING LATER GETTING COLDER SHOOT [ MUTTERS ] I MEAN, TO TAN A BUFFALO ROBE IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER, CRAZY TO EVEN TRY TO DO THIS, REALLY OH! OHH THAT’S JUST BEAUTIFUL ALL RIGHT MUST BE HOW AN ARTIST FEELS WHEN HE GETS DONE OIL PAINTING OR SOMETHING I COULD CARRY A BLOODY HIDE OUT TO MY TANNING SHED, AND WHEN I CAN BRING A BEAUTIFULLY SOFT SKIN BACK INTO THE HOUSE, IT’S JUST LIKE, “I’VE DONE IT.” ANYBODY HOME? I’M DOING THINGS THAT LOTS OF PEOPLE DID 200 YEARS AGO, YOU KNOW? AND I’M KIND OF MAKING A LIVING AT LEAST WE’RE LIVING HERE IN THE WOODS DOING WHAT WE WANT TO DO OH, WE DID IT WE DID IT, HONEY SO, THINGS ARE LOOKING GOOD HERE IN THE YAAK Narrator: IN NORTH CAROLINA, THE MORNING SUN THAWS THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS AFTER AN OVERNIGHT FREEZE EUSTACE CONWAY HOPES THE WARMER TEMPERATURE WILL FIX HIS MALFUNCTIONING GASIFIER SURE HOPE THIS THING STARTS TODAY, HUH? YEAH, ME TOO LITTLE DISCOURAGED FROM LAST NIGHT WE’RE GONNA SEE IF WE CAN GET THIS THING FIRED UP AND WORKING LAST NIGHT, WE TRIED IT AND WE TRIED HARD Preston: WE HAD A PROBLEM WITH OUR GAS FIRE LAST NIGHT, AND THE TOP BLEW OFF OF IT WE’VE JUST GOT TO GET THIS TRUCK RUNNING Eustace: I’M TRYING TO START THIS THING UP I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S GONNA START OR NOT ANYTIME YOU HAVE FUEL IN A CONTAINED ENVIRONMENT AND HEAT AND SPARKS, IT’S SOMETHING TO BE RESPECTFUL OF IT COULD BLOW LOOKS LIKE IT’S MAKING PLENTY OF FUEL NOW, PRESTON LET’S TRY IT OUT ALL RIGHT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME YEAH! Eustace: IF THESE DON’T LINE UP, WE WASTED OUR TIME ‘CAUSE WE’LL HAVE TO START OVER I’LL GET THE VALVE ALL RIGHT I’LL FIRE IT UP WELL, I’M GONNA CRACK THIS VALVE OPEN IF YOU WANT TO TRY STARTING IT UP ALL RIGHT. LET ME KNOW YEAH, GO ALL RIGHT [ ENGINE SPUTTERS ] [ ENGINE TURNS OVER ] [ ENGINE SPUTTERING ] [ ENGINE TURNS OVER ] YEAH? AH! I THOUGHT YOU HAD IT YEAH, THERE IT IS [ CHUCKLES ] YEAH! OH, YEAH IT’S RUNNING ON IT! I LOVE IT! I TOLD YOU! HA, DOG! MAN, I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS REALLY WORKING WOW! MAN, IT FEELS GOOD TO HAVE THAT THING RUNNING I DIDN’T KNOW IF IT WAS GONNA WORK OR NOT YEAH! HOMEMADE GAS! [ CHUCKLES ] I’M READY FOR A ROAD TRIP

Eustace: WELL, WE GOT IT STARTED UP NOW WE GOT TO PUT IT TO THE TEST WE’RE GONNA GO UP ON THE MOUNTAIN, PULL SOME LOGS, AND SEE HOW IT REALLY WORKS RIGHT ON! YEAH! IT’S PRETTY EXCITING I CAN HAUL LUMBER, I CAN GO GET THE TENT TO COVER THE LUMBER SHED WITH, AND JUST CARRY STUFF AROUND A LOT MORE EASILY HERE WE GO DUDE, WHAT A LIFE CHANGE, YOU KNOW? Narrator: NEXT TIME ON “MOUNTAIN MEN” Rich: GO GET HIM! Narrator: IN MONTANA’S RUBY VALLEY, RICH’S HUNT FOR A NEW LEAD DOG Rich: DOGS ARE ON HIM Narrator: BECOMES A TRIAL BY FIRE Rich: THIS LION’S GETTING PISSED HE’S GONNA JUMP! HE’S GONNA JUMP! Narrator: WHILE IN NEW MEXICO, KYLE TAKES ON A DANGEROUS JOB Kyle: OH [BLEEP] Narrator: BUT IT’S MORE THAN HE BARGAINED FOR AH, MAN! Narrator: IN MONTANA, TOM GOES BACK TO BASICS TO HUNT HIS WINTER MEAT WELL, I’VE GOT TO GET WITHIN 20 YARDS WITH A BOW IN ORDER TO EVEN TAKE A SHOT AND YOU GOT TO MAKE A GOOD ONE