Building Alaska Introduction

Three men risk all to carve out homes in Alaska's unforgiving wilderness.

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What does it take to build in one of the most remote and rugged areas on the planet? We follow daring individuals who set out to construct their dream properties in the obscure Alaskan wilderness. With no roads and no building supply centers, you have to get creative when you're Building Alaska.
Season 8, Episode 5

Game Changer

Jeff struggles with his front deck, Chappie's team finds a major error while building the exterior insulation and Chris Sewell runs out of building materials.

Tuesday
Mar 12
1am | 12c
Season 8, Episode 2

Progress Is Messy

A SkyCrane helicopter delivers a whopping 17,000 pounds of materials for Chris Sewell's cabin kit, Jeff Erickson fights the pouring rain and cold temperatures to stay on schedule and Chappie Cook's crew struggles to lift 20-foot balloon walls without heavy equipment.

Tuesday
Mar 12
2am | 1c
Season 8, Episode 3

Going Vertical

Chappie Cook's team runs into bears and sinking boats while hauling scaffolding materials, Jeff Erickson carefully begins to construct his slippery roof and Chris Sewell works tirelessly to install all the timber walls of his cabin.

Tuesday
Mar 12
3am | 2c
Season 2, Episode 5

A Long Hard Slog

After battling the tragedy of the loss of his righthand man, Ryan Beachy, Chuck Gerwig is back in the saddle and ready to finish the job that he and Ryan started months earlier. 312 miles northeast in Chicken, Alaska, Jim Wagner and crew are at a near standstill due to a nonstop rain that has turned their man-made road into an impassible swamp. And with a concrete truck due any minute, will they be able to get it fixed before they risk losing any hope of getting the foundation poured? Finally, Lee Raymond has been fighting the same weather since he started and he's still behind. Now he's losing his number one crew to college, so his final push will have to be with a brand new crew that can afford no errors.

Monday
Mar 18
6pm | 5c
Season 2, Episode 6

Tempers Flare

Winter is fast approaching and now all three of the builders are finding themselves with less help to finish the massive tasks at hand. In Chicken, Jim Wagner's build now relies heavily on his son Aaron. And as Aaron pushes Jim toward the finish line, both food and building supplies are running low. Chuck Gerwig has lost his remaining crew to college in Texas, so that leaves 17-year old daughter Tiffany and 10-year old son Zac to pull up the slack of finishing his 3000 square foot home. And Lee Raymond just cannot catch a break. The torrential rains have made it impossible to get ahead and now he's had to enlist a brand new crew to take over for his college workers, one of whom is his son Aaron. As the days to the end game get shorter, so do Lee's and Aaron's tempers.

Monday
Mar 18
7pm | 6c
Season 8, Episode 2

Progress Is Messy

A SkyCrane helicopter delivers a whopping 17,000 pounds of materials for Chris Sewell's cabin kit, Jeff Erickson fights the pouring rain and cold temperatures to stay on schedule and Chappie Cook's crew struggles to lift 20-foot balloon walls without heavy equipment.

Monday
Mar 18
8pm | 7c
Season 8, Episode 6

A Toy Set for Big Kids

Chris gets some much needed help from family to work on his interior, a floatplane with engine problems brings Chappie's build site to a standstill and Jeff makes a critical error while building the water tank system for his cabin.

Monday
Mar 18
9pm | 8c
Season 8, Episode 4

Rain Gear Is Going On

Chappie's team struggles to lift 600-pound rafters onto the cabin's roof. Then, Chris works on drying in his cabin while Jeff begins installing his cabin's windows.

Monday
Mar 18
10pm | 9c
Season 8, Episode 5

Game Changer

Jeff struggles with his front deck, Chappie's team finds a major error while building the exterior insulation and Chris Sewell runs out of building materials.

Monday
Mar 18
11pm | 10c
Season 8, Episode 2

Progress Is Messy

A SkyCrane helicopter delivers a whopping 17,000 pounds of materials for Chris Sewell's cabin kit, Jeff Erickson fights the pouring rain and cold temperatures to stay on schedule and Chappie Cook's crew struggles to lift 20-foot balloon walls without heavy equipment.

Tuesday
Mar 19
12am | 11c
Season 8, Episode 6

A Toy Set for Big Kids

Chris gets some much needed help from family to work on his interior, a floatplane with engine problems brings Chappie's build site to a standstill and Jeff makes a critical error while building the water tank system for his cabin.

Tuesday
Mar 19
1am | 12c
Season 8, Episode 4

Rain Gear Is Going On

Chappie's team struggles to lift 600-pound rafters onto the cabin's roof. Then, Chris works on drying in his cabin while Jeff begins installing his cabin's windows.

Tuesday
Mar 19
2am | 1c
Season 8, Episode 5

Game Changer

Jeff struggles with his front deck, Chappie's team finds a major error while building the exterior insulation and Chris Sewell runs out of building materials.

Tuesday
Mar 19
3am | 2c
Season 8, Episode 1

Keeping Morale Up

A new season of builders brave the Alaskan elements to construct off-the-grid cabins. Jeff Erickson takes on a challenging cliffside build, Chappie Cook's team struggles to get materials to the site without roads and first-time builder Chris Sewell faces some harsh realities about his foundation.

Monday
Mar 25
6am | 5c
Season 8, Episode 2

Progress Is Messy

A SkyCrane helicopter delivers a whopping 17,000 pounds of materials for Chris Sewell's cabin kit, Jeff Erickson fights the pouring rain and cold temperatures to stay on schedule and Chappie Cook's crew struggles to lift 20-foot balloon walls without heavy equipment.

Monday
Mar 25
7am | 6c
Season 8, Episode 3

Going Vertical

Chappie Cook's team runs into bears and sinking boats while hauling scaffolding materials, Jeff Erickson carefully begins to construct his slippery roof and Chris Sewell works tirelessly to install all the timber walls of his cabin.

Monday
Mar 25
8am | 7c
Season 8, Episode 4

Rain Gear Is Going On

Chappie's team struggles to lift 600-pound rafters onto the cabin's roof. Then, Chris works on drying in his cabin while Jeff begins installing his cabin's windows.

Monday
Mar 25
9am | 8c
Season 8, Episode 5

Game Changer

Jeff struggles with his front deck, Chappie's team finds a major error while building the exterior insulation and Chris Sewell runs out of building materials.

Monday
Mar 25
10am | 9c
Season 8, Episode 6

A Toy Set for Big Kids

Chris gets some much needed help from family to work on his interior, a floatplane with engine problems brings Chappie's build site to a standstill and Jeff makes a critical error while building the water tank system for his cabin.

Monday
Mar 25
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 1

The Race Is On: The Builders Set Their Course

Three men set out to build three cabins in remote areas of the Alaskan frontier. They will make preparations in the harsh Alaskan winter and race against time, the bitter cold and the wilderness to complete their builds. Using their various skills sets and techniques, the three different cabins constructed will all need to hold up in some of the most harsh conditions in the world.

Monday
Mar 25
12pm | 11c
Season 2, Episode 2

Grip It and Rip It

As the summer season starts to thaw out in Alaska, the builders get underway. But their pre-planning doesn't make perfect. The Alaskan elements are stubborn at all three build sites, but a little ingenuity goes a long way.

Monday
Mar 25
1pm | 12c
Season 2, Episode 3

Chicken or Bust

The three builders each face their own forms of adversity. Lee Raymond is struggling to get back on track after losing a month to bad weather and an impassable semi-frozen Quiet Lake. At the Matanuska Glacier, Chuck Gerwig has had perfect weather, but most of his labor is due to leave once fishing season starts in less than a month. And Jim Wagner has finished, numbered and taken down his cabin in Gustavus, but now begins the arduous 500-mile transport to Chicken that will include two ferry rides, two border crossings and hopefully enough supplies to finish the rebuild before winter sets in.

Monday
Mar 25
2pm | 1c
Season 2, Episode 4

Ryan's Song

While its full-steam ahead for Lee Raymond as he finally gets some much welcomed sun, Jim Wagner and his family begin the long process of starting over; building roads, leveling ground and ultimately trying to get their cabin in Chicken back up. Amidst all the fervor of the other two builds, Chuck Gerwig's site is oddly quiet. Disaster has struck. His righthand man, Ryan Beachy, has been tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. Now his build is suspended and a decision needs to be made, to continue or not.

Monday
Mar 25
3pm | 2c
Season 2, Episode 5

A Long Hard Slog

After battling the tragedy of the loss of his righthand man, Ryan Beachy, Chuck Gerwig is back in the saddle and ready to finish the job that he and Ryan started months earlier. 312 miles northeast in Chicken, Alaska, Jim Wagner and crew are at a near standstill due to a nonstop rain that has turned their man-made road into an impassible swamp. And with a concrete truck due any minute, will they be able to get it fixed before they risk losing any hope of getting the foundation poured? Finally, Lee Raymond has been fighting the same weather since he started and he's still behind. Now he's losing his number one crew to college, so his final push will have to be with a brand new crew that can afford no errors.

Monday
Mar 25
4pm | 3c
Season 2, Episode 6

Tempers Flare

Winter is fast approaching and now all three of the builders are finding themselves with less help to finish the massive tasks at hand. In Chicken, Jim Wagner's build now relies heavily on his son Aaron. And as Aaron pushes Jim toward the finish line, both food and building supplies are running low. Chuck Gerwig has lost his remaining crew to college in Texas, so that leaves 17-year old daughter Tiffany and 10-year old son Zac to pull up the slack of finishing his 3000 square foot home. And Lee Raymond just cannot catch a break. The torrential rains have made it impossible to get ahead and now he's had to enlist a brand new crew to take over for his college workers, one of whom is his son Aaron. As the days to the end game get shorter, so do Lee's and Aaron's tempers.

Monday
Mar 25
5pm | 4c
Season 2, Episode 7

Downward Slide

As the days get shorter and colder, and snow is visible on the highest peaks, the builders frantically race to get their homes sealed in. Chuck Gerwig suffered a huge blow earlier in the summer with the loss of his righthand man, and now his 10-hour days are up to 12 and its starting to show. Barely keeping in front of his subcontractors, one small mistake could mean not finishing. In Chicken, Jim Wagner's organizational luck has just run out. His flooring is four bundles short. So, with everything shutting down for the winter in a week, he has to decide whether or not to make the half day journey to the lumberyard, which is no guarantee, or finish the roof before snow flies. Finally, at remote Quiet Lake, Lee Raymond's son "high speed, no grease" Aaron, is scrambling to get the roofing on before the snow. But the constant rain mixed with Aaron's speed has created a very slick situation and Aaron just can't hold on.

Monday
Mar 25
6pm | 5c

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