ASRC Board Member to Star in Ultimate Survival Alaska
PHOTO: Courtesy of ASRC
Season 2 to kick off in mid-December
Eddie Ahyakak is getting reacquainted to the comforts of home after spending more than 80 days in the Alaska backcountry, as part of the National Geographic Channel’s Ultimate Survival Alaska series. Ahyakak was one of 7 Alaskans chosen for season 2 of the popular series, which begins on Sunday, December 15th. He also serves on the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation board of directors and is a refinery operator for Petro Star Inc., an ASRC subsidiary.
“It really was a challenge, a real test of my mental and physical toughness,” said Ahyakak. “I had watched season one of the show and thought I knew what to expect, but this time around everything was ramped up – from the level of danger to the demands on the body.”
Ahyakak was placed on “Team Endurance” with fellow Alaskan and Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey as well as Sean Burch, an extreme athlete from Virginia. In all, 4 separate teams compete by traversing across the Alaska backcountry and must be skilled in a variety of disciplines – from mountain climbing to packrafting. “This competition is all about pride, survival and character,” said Brian Catalina, the show’s executive producer. “I think that spirit is a unique thread in the American cultural fabric and speaks to our fundamental values.”
Season 2 of Ultimate Survival Alaska kicks off Sunday, Dec. 15th on National Geographic Channel.
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is owned by and represents the business interests of the Arctic Slope Iñupiat. Since opening enrollment in 1990 to Alaska Natives born after 1971, the corporation’s shareholder base has nearly tripled, growing from the 3,700 original enrollees to around 11,000 today. Corporate headquarters are based in Barrow, Alaska, with administrative and subsidiary offices located in Anchorage and throughout the United States. ASRC, along with its family of companies, is the largest Alaskan-owned company, employing approximately 10,000 people worldwide. The company has five major business segments: petroleum refining and marketing, energy support services, construction, government services and resource development.