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The Kilchers will be back in October

By Rich Heldenfels Published: August 26, 2014

The official word: –Cabin fever has kicked in and the Kilcher family is back after a winter for the history books.   Discovery Channel’s Emmy nominated series ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER returns for a riveting fourth season on Sunday, October 5th  at 9pm ET/PT. 

 

Three generations of Kilchers proudly live off the land that Yule Kilcher homesteaded over 80 years ago after fleeing Switzerland in search of a free and simple life.  He found that life outside of Homer, Alaska. The Kilcher family resides on their homestead consisting of over 640 acres of Alaskan wilderness.  Yule and his wife Ruth taught their family (six girls and two boys) to be self-sufficient and to live solely off of the resources the land can provide.  Yule’s sons, Atz and Otto Kilcher, continue Yule’s vision and traditions of a subsistence lifestyle and teach this way of life to their sons, Atz Lee, Atz’s son, and Eivin, Otto’s son, and their families. 

 

Each year, the Kilchers must take full advantage of the brief spring and summer seasons to prepare for the oncoming eight months of freezing cold.  Food supplies must be restocked, not just for themselves, but for their livestock as well.  Hunting and gathering, gardening and raising the livestock are all extremely important tasks that must be done in order to ensure the family will make it through one more cold Alaskan winter.

 

This season on ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER, the Kilchers face unexpected and daunting challenges due to a historically warm winter.  The Kilcher men join forces on an epic 30-mile mission over challenging terrain and dangerous melting glacial rivers to secure their hunting cabins at the Head of the Bay.  Eivin and Eve juggle the demands of parenting their infant son Findlay, the latest generation to be born on the homestead, and relentless preparations for another Alaskan winter.  Otto takes a novice team on the yearly cattle drive and tensions run high as the heat debilitates the herd.  Atz Lee encounters a disaster when he takes Jane takes on her first black bear hunt.  Atz Sr. defends the family's prized cattle herd against brown bear attacks, and Charlotte searches desperately for a missing newborn calf and its mother.   Another Kilcher returns to the homestead to reclaim a simpler life for his family, while the family mourns the loss of a beloved fellow homesteader. 

 

The Kilchers are always pushed to their limits by the uncontrollable elements, but work together as a family to sustain a heritage they’ve chosen to live and defend in ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER.

 

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