Aikens is featured in the new weekly series Life Below Zero, premiering Sunday, May 19, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on theNational Geographic Channel.
Life Below Zero takes viewers inside the daily challenges of people who have chosen to "live off the grid" in rural Alaska.
Sue Aikens is the sole resident of the Kavik River Camp. She lives 197 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Her address is a GPS coordinate, and her closest neighbor — besides the 80-something grizzly bears within a 10-mile radius — is more than 300 miles south. As the series begins, Sue is returning home for the first time in months following surgery on a broken ankle, and is uncertain of the conditions she’ll find at her home. Has the camp been overrun by wildlife? Is it even accessible in the deep snow? Does she have the supplies to make it through another vicious winter? “You know, people get afraid of break-ins,” says Sue. “My break-in involves teeth, claws and a hell of a lot of bad weather.”