We bid farewell to our frozen trucker friends from the North last Sunday. Though the series was short, there was a ton of great stuff packed into each freezing-ass cold, hour long episode, in which truckers in Canada’s Northwest Territory risk their lives driving trucks in the frozen wilderness to work in the nearly $2 billion-a-year diamond industry.
A blurb from the Ice Road Truckers series website:
The History Channel embarks upon an unparalleled adventure revealing the virtually unknown occupation of ice road trucking, considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. ICE ROAD TRUCKERS charts two months in the lives of six extraordinary men who haul vital supplies to diamond mines over frozen lakes that double as roads. The livelihood of many depends on these tenuous roads, which through the years have been responsible for the deaths of dozens of men.
You need to watch some of this show if for no other reason than the perspective of realizing your life is way easier than what these guys go through.
If you missed out the first time, the History Channel plans to rerun it and do a few marathons to keep it fresh in your mind. It’s worth setting the Tivo for. I’m hoping they do something akin to what happened with crab fisherman on Discovery, and are already setting up to film another season.
Ice Road Truckers [History Channel]