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Atz Lee and Jane Kilcher Children and the Alaskan Anklebiters

Fans of Alaska The Last Frontier keep asking if Atz Lee and Jane have kids. Yep! They do! So why aren’t they on the show?

Well it could have something to do with Internet trolls criticizing their family and being generally rude, as trolls often do.

While Jane thinks the camera crews are wonderful, the kids’ privacy is important to them. Considering the ten months of camera crews following them around for one season of episodes, we can hardly blame them.

In this age of the Internet, we should be surprised if any kid gets to thirteen without some kind of Internet presence. Kids in this day and age not only have embarrassing baby pictures, but they have them published on Facebook for the world to see, and people critiquing photoshopping kids into amusing scenarios for the best ones.

If you can’t tell yet, suffice to say there are plenty of good reasons for the family to keep their kids’ lives private. What facebook grumblings the adults can take could be a big problem for young kids growing up. At the end of the day, it’s their choice to make, and personally, this writer thinks they made the write choice.

The kids do enjoy watching the feedback of the show, however, and laughing about how viewers seem to think their mild-mannered dad could ever be a ‘drama king’. Just remember, the camera only shows what television thinks will be the interesting part.

I’m sure as they get older we’ll probably see a little more from the Atz Lee and Jane cubs.

by Sam Morstan

Sources: Facebook, Georgia Makitalo

When you Gotta go

Great camping idea when you can’t wait.

When You Gotta Go…

When you’re in the woods and you need a place to go, you can at least go comfortably with this wilderness lifehack!

Lots of you have probably been putting garbage bags in buckets for this kind of thing (or just been using buckets, you savages), but why not add a little extra luxury for a few added dollars, and put a pool noodle seat on it? You can even hang the paper roll from the handle.

One thing I might add, if I were doing this– maybe consider reinforcing the pool noodle with some duct tape if you’re going to use it for more than one trip. You don’t need an unexpected bucket-butt meeting.

Please remember to pack your lysol and hand sanitizer. For everyone’s sake.

Sources: Sam Morstan, The King of Random Facebook,

Jane Kilcher helps Baby Cow Delivery

Under The Knife : After years of procrastination, Otto goes under the knife. While Charlotte waits, Jane is left to take care of the farm and delivers her first calf alone. Eivin and Atz Lee scout the Head of the Bay, but their findings won’t ease Otto’s concerns.

While we don’t see whether or not the little cow survives this experience, we remain optimistic about the precious bundle of cow soon to come to the Kilcher homestead. Will the calf survive? I suppose the only way to know is to watch Alaska: The Last Frontier and find out.

We’re rooting for the cows on this one. The miracle of life is always a fascinating study!

Video Transcription

Narrator: On the Kilcher homestead, Night descends. But Jane’s arduous day in charge of the family’s livestock still has one critical chore remaining.

Jane: I am watching 7-11, it’s a first-time mom, we’re always concerned with first-time moms because they tend to go wrong more than like an experienced mother. So it makes me nervous. I just don’t want anything to happen on my watch.

Jane: So, last check of the night. Oh boy. Oh goodness. Oh. Oh. Oh my gosh. She’s– oh. Oh. She’s in labor. [gasp] There’s a whole hoof. Oh my goodness. Oh. Oh my god. She’s giving birth right now. Please please please come out healthy. Oh there’s another hoof. Oh, oh my god here it comes. Oh my god. I’m super nervous because I don’t want a calf to die on my watch. Come on, girl. Oh my god that is the tongue! Two hooves and hopefully a tongue. Oh.

Jane: I’m really worried. She’s definitely laboring, like, super hard contractions, and I don’t like that. Otto and Charlotte gave me like, zero instructions on how to deliver a calf, except for that maybe you have to pull them out.

Jane: Oh I can see her mouth! Oh please, is she okay?? Oh my god. Her tongue’s not moving! Your tongue’s not moving at all, I don’t see any life. I don’t see life, I don’t like this. Please, please live. I’m just gently pulling! [grunting] Oh my goodness!

[Cow moos]

Narrator: All New Alaska: The Last Frontier, Sunday at nine, on Discovery.

Moose Road Rage

Maybe don’t tailgate a moose the next time you see one. When these two snowmobilers ran into one, the moose had a little something to say about their tailing too close. These two managed to get out with minimal damage, but it was a good thing at least one of them was carrying a gun to warn the creature off. Nobody got seriously hurt this time, but it certainly says something about packing heat in the wilderness.

Just another day in Alaska

You come home, get ready to relax for the evening, get out of your car, and the moose are fighting again.

Nothing like the snorting and clomping of fighting moose to wake you out of your evening commuter’s haze. These two bulls started battling it out in the middle of a busy suburb. You can see and hear people filming from their cars and holding back their dogs, hoping these too massive beasts don’t cause any property damage in their wake! Thankfully, we don’t see any thing -or anyone- get hurt, and it looks like nobody gets too injured. One bull runs off in defeat, and the spectators got one heck of a show.

Is it an Alaska thing that nobody is fazed by this? The people (including the walkers and their dog, toward which the moose run at the end of the video) all seem pretty relaxed about the two-ton behemoths clashing in their quiet suburb.

Or the other version is that:
Male moose tend to be more aggressive during this time of year, their annual rut cycle, when they spend virtually all their energy looking for females to impress and mate with.

by Sam Morstan



Source: National Geographic Youtube

Bear Patrol in Anchorage

Meanwhile, in downtown Anchorage:

While policework is no picnic in the park, occasionally you get a really unusual case. This one here is one you can really only see in Alaska. Officers had to go chasing a bear all through downtown Anchorage, and make sure it didn’t get into any trouble. Thankfully the bear was able to be moved peacefully, but the event was undoubtedly a little nerve-racking for all involved. There’s a pretty good reason for none of the officers to get out of their car, that’s for sure.

Bear Attack

This video shows Todd Orr a former Trails Engineer at Gallatin National Forest records himself talking about the aftermath of a bear attack that he encounter while on a hike. He stated, “he had pepper spray with him and did use it to defend himself but wasn’t much help”, but it was better than nothing. Thank goodness that he survived to share the story.

Video Transription
Yeah, life sucks in Bear Country. Just had a Grisley with two cubs come at me from about 80 yards and, uh, I sprayed the shit out of her with bear spray, and then I went on my face and protected the back of my neck. She got my head good, I don’t know what’s under my hat; my ear, my arm -ugh, pieces of stuff hangin’ out, I dunno what’s going on in there- and then my shoulder’s ripped up, I think my arm’s broke, but my legs are good, internal organs are good, eyes are good, I just walked out three miles, now I gotta go to the hospital. So. Be safe out there. Bear spray doesn’t always work, but it’s better than nothin’!

Source: Todd Orr Facebook

Angry Deer Attacks Driver after being struck by vehicle

Deer oh deer, looks like Bambi has a temper. After accidentally hitting a deer with her car, Ellen Sager got a taste of this buck’s own road rage. The deer managed to fling the driver’s side door wide open and attacked Sager with its hooves. Ellen managed to get away with a minor knee injury, but the likely very confused deer died of its impact injuries some time later.

It never ceases to amaze me what even a fatally injured deer can do. Survival instinct is amazing, isn’t it?

by Sam Morstan
Source: Media24 Youtube

Two Deer with One Shot

2_deer_with_one_shotThough it’s titled “Two deer with one shot”, armchair analysts seem to be feeling anything but awe about this father-son pair’s take.
Accusations have ranged from there being multiple shots (which seems to be implied in the video), to a ‘childish’ countdown and poor shooting practice in general, some suggested that their choices in deer taken were unethical, and some accused the video-makers of leaving a deer wandering in pain or dying and wasting the meet (suggestions that while one deer fell, two jumped, implying they were hit).

As one comment from the maker of the video points out, however: “Nope just the two [deer were hit], The other one might have caught some fragment’s [sic] but there was only one blood trail. We thought we had hit three also but as it turns out the largest deer picked up the smaller deer with her head and then fell back down so it looked like she was hit. Thanks for watching.?”

So if there were only two deer hit, and there were two shots, where did the video title come from?

What do you think: one shot, or two? Ethical or unethical? Good shooting or bad shooting?

Video Transcription:

“Watch out–” [indecypherable whispering]

“There’s another one”


“It’s a small one”

“There’s probably a mama righ behind ’em”

“There’s another one right there.”

“There’s another, seems like a small one.”

“There’s another!” “Shh-shhh-shh.”

“She’s looking back to something else. Probably someone else is coming out.”

“Alright, you ready?”
[deep breath]
“Five, four, three, two-”
“Dropped one on the spot.”

“Yeah, we dropped two more, too.”

“Two more [indecipherable]”

[laughter] “Nice. Sweet.”

“Shots went almost directly together.”

“I know, Kinda sweet. One of ’em dropped on the spot, man!”
[laughter, fistbump]
“Sweet, You got your deer.”

“Dial back.”

“I didn’t dial up, I just… held over.”

“Got one of ’em didn’t even flinch. [indicipherable]”

“I think I mighta hit her in the spine, I mighta shot high.”

“They ain’t comin’ back out with that one layin’ there like that.”


“Might as well go on out there.”

“Alright, let’s do it.”

[instant replay]

“Ok, we’re skinnin’ this one here curently, that’ the one that dad shot. I believe that’s the entrance wound, I think. Or exit one, I’m not sure. Somehow, I don’t know how this happened, but– there’s a hole there, and there’s also a hit right here on the leg, because, I mean, that isn’t usual for it to twist like that. I don’t know how that happened, but he managed that somehow. And this is my deer, right here. I shot her in the head. There’s the exit hole, and the injuries right in there. Uh, the funny thing is, I was actually aiming for a different deer, and I pulled my shot to the left, and hit this other one in the head. She must’ve moved her head in just the right area. That happened. But, uh, Lucky for me. Not lucky for the deer I guess. Yep. Two deer

by Sam Morstan

Ascend a Wet or Icy Climbing Rope

If you’re into rappeling or knot tying for fun or practical survival, have a look at this Bachmann knot. You’re going to need it if you’re going to encounter climbing up with a wet rope.

The staff from ITsTactical shared some insights on this important to know Bachman knot. So here’s their excerpt:

On today’s Knot of the Week I’ll be covering the Bachmann Knot, a relative of the Prusik Knot that can be utilized as an autoblock or friction hitch. The biggest differences between the Bachman and the Prusik Knot lies in its usage of a carabiner. Additionally, unlike the omni-directional Prusik Knot, the Bachmann is uni-directional, meaning it can only be loaded from one direction and that’s down.

It’s advisable to use a locking carabiner for the Bachmann, considering you’ll be grabbing it to move the hitch. Just make sure it’s locked by screwing down so you don’t screw up. That’s my mnemonic device to remember to have the gate on the carabiner screw in a downward direction, so that if gravity decides to stick its nose in your business, it will carry it further into the closed position and not open it.

Using a carabiner with the Bachmann Knot allows your autoblock/friction hitch to move much easier, especially when wearing gloves. The carabiner gives you a dedicated spot to hold during ascending as well. The Bachmann is also beneficial around wet ropes and in icy conditions.

As you’ll see in the video below, make sure not to clip the Double Fisherman’s Knot section of your loop in when you’re connecting to your harness.

Video Transciption

Hey guys, welcome to the Knot of the week; today I want to show you the Bachmann knot, which is a great alternative to the Prusik loop, when you’re around wet or icy ropes.

[intro music]

Alright guys, so you’re going to need a couple of things to start off with to tie the Bachmann knot. One is a locking carabiner. I definitely prefer a locking carabiner on this, it’s actually used in the system to slide the Bachmann knot up and down the line. So what we have simulated here is your main climbing line, and I’ll show you kind of how this works on the line, as an auto block. So if you’re familiar with the Prusik, we’ve been over that before, so the Pcarabinerusik is an auto-blocker or a friction-hitch that allows you to move on the rope, whether you’re ascending the rope or using it as an auto-block, which is to arrest your fall in case of a slip while you’re rapelling; that’s what it’s for.

So the Bachmann knot is very similar to this, but the main difference between the Prusik and the Bachmann is that it’s Unidirectional– the Prusik loop is omni-directional, meaning that it provies friction whether you’re pulling up on the line, or down on the line. With the Bachmann knot, as you’ll see in a second, it’s unidirectional, and it only provides friction when it’s down-loaded.

So the first step is creating a Prusik loop, and if you’re not familiar with a Prusik loop, it’s simply just a double-fisherman’s knot that’s been tied to create a loop in the line. I typically like about a six-food length of line for me personally, that’s gonna vary depending on your size and things like that. So, the first step is to kind of off-set the barrel knot or the double-fisherman’s knot in the line. So, if you were going to take it just like this, meaning that one side was your barrel knot and one side is the loop, it’s not going to line up correctly because you’re gonna be attaching this into your climbing harness, so I like to off-set this a little bit, at least something like that, maybe about a foot or so. Then what you’re going to do is start by hooking the line, so you’ll form a ‘bite’, again, this is what the other side looks like, this is what this side looks like. You form a bite, then you hook this into the carabiner.

And the way we’re going to be using this, I’m going to position this so that I’m going to be down-loading or pulling down on the line in this direction, so. My standard schpiel on carabiners is screw down so you don’t screw up, so when you’re using a locking carabiner, the gravity –if it were to manipulate the actual locking mechanism– would carry it down, not up. Thus unlocking the carabiner. So hopefully that makes sense.

Again, we’re gonna have this open for now, we’re going to take that bite, slip it into the carabiner, just like so, and you’re going to align the carabiner parallel with the line that you’re tying onto, and you’re going to start wrapping. So that first wrap is now going to come inside the carabiner -I’ll move that out of the way in just a second here- just like this. So into the carabiner, around the carabiner for the first wrap. You’re gonna go fairly tight with this, but you don’t have to get crazy with it, because it is a friction hitch and it will tighten up for you. again, next line wraps around and through the carabiner, again around, through the carabiner, and we’ll do one more pass here, around, through the carabiner. So now I have a total of about four wraps in the line, and as you’re providing tension on the line, which will come from it being attached to your harness, again this end would be hooked into your harness here, so again that barrel knot with the double-fisherman’s knot is not in line with where that would be attached to your harness, that’s why I was mentioning the offset in the beginning.

So as the friction is being applied, this line won’t move this way, but if friction were being applied this way, it would turn into a mess, so therefore it’s only good when it’s being down-loaded, so to speak. Hopefully you understand what I mean by that term. So, always remember to lock your carabiner, that’s a very important step, and then you’ll be able to use this for a grip, so it can be great for ascending situations, especially when you’re wearing gloves, or -as I mentioned- with an icy or wet rope, so that you’re actually pulling up on the rope, you can actually manipulate this with the carabiner. So, again, if I’m ascending -meaning pushing that line up- and then getting tension from my harness, that’s really how you would start manipulating that Bachmann knot.

So hopefully you can see this is an interesting alternative to the Prusik, just remember that again, this is unidirectional, not omni-directional.

Stay tuned for a new knot of the week every Tuesday, and if you’re enjoying what we’re doing here on our knot of the week series, please consider joining the crew leader membership linked below in the description. Thanks for watching.

Source: ItsTactical Youtube