“I like the mountains because they make me feel small. They help me sort out what’s important in life”. That’s a quote from author and journalist, Mark Obmascik. And it’s so true. Mountains, with their towering boulders and tall canopies of trees, do hold an empowering aura. They can make us feel insignificant, so much that we would actually want to do something worthwhile in our life. Indeed, how amazing it would be if we could leave behind all our material comforts and live a life off the grid, atop these mesmerizing cliffs. After all, we should go where we feel most alive, right?
Well, shedding the complexities of contemporary society, a group of men decided to pack their bags and spend the rest of their days amidst nature, on the rugged terrains of mountains. Depending on survival methods in their most robust forms, these individuals have settled in the wilderness. From attempting to reside on the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to battling seven-month-long winters on the Yaak River, Montana, and facing the freezing temperatures in the northern range of Alaska, they are determined to endure these unforgiving conditions. And documenting their ordeal is the reality TV show, ‘Mountain Men’, that debuted on History Channel on May 31, 2012.
The series chronicles the journey of these men as they bravely face the harshest facets of nature, including mudslides, falling trees, ravaging weather, and hungry animals while making sure that they collect enough food and materials to survive the challenging winter ahead. Narrated by D.B Sweeney and executive produced by Chris Richardson, Marc Pierce, and Russ McCarroll, ‘Mountain Men’ has been one of the most successful shows for the network. Here’s everything we know about its latest season.
Mountain Men Cast: Who is in it?
Meet the heroes of ‘Mountain Men’: Eustace Conway owns his own land on the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. He has named his abode Turtle Island and invites people who are interested to be trained in basic survival techniques. He employs old, nature-forged methods to gather firewood, which he sells to earn his daily income. He also faces the challenge of lien against his land and has to fight to keep ownership. Often, he is accompanied by his friend, Preston Roberts.
Marty Meierotto lives in Two Rivers, a small town in Alaska. Staying with him is his wife Dominique and daughter Noah. Every month, he flies his Piper PA-18A-150 Super Cub aircraft to the Draanjik River, where he has a cabin. Here, with the help of his snowmobile, he maintains the animal traps that are meant for catching animals and collecting fur. Tom Oar is a former rodeo cowboy and he has his home by the Yaak River in northwestern Montana. He resides with his wife Nancy and their dog Ellie. Since they face a seven-month winter every year, most of the remaining months are spent in preparing for the upcoming cold season.
Rich Lewis is a mountain lion hunter and lives in Ruby Valley, Montana, along with his wife Diane. He has a pack of hounds and with them, he tracks down mountain lions. However, Lewis left the show after season 6. Fur trapper, George Michaud, who appeared in season 2, resides in his camp by the Snake River and the Teton Range, Idaho. Yet another fur trapper, Charlie Tucker (seasons 2-3) lives close to the Great North Woods in Ashland, Maine. He is often accompanied by Jim Dumond.