Ventures Deep into the Alaskan Wilderness with the Series Premiere of "Yukon River Run"

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17 July 2015
Yukon River Run
Photo: National Geographic Channel/Paul Lawrence
"Yukon River Run"
Premieres Monday, July 20 at 9 PM ET/PT on National Geographic Channel
          The series follows a group of brave adventurers who descend upon the mighty Yukon River on log rafts each year to make a living by selling wood and supplies to remote villages along the riverbank. In each episode three different crews are faced with the challenge of navigating the dangerous Yukon River while competing against the elements and each other in hopes of earning a reasonable living … and making it out alive.
          Danger lurks behind every bend, but survival is all in a day’s work for these Alaskans, who are not only competing against each other but also against the quickly approaching harsh winter months. These raft crews are taking on the challenge of a lifetime to support their families as well as their taste for adventure, but as the impending freeze threatens both safety and success, the stakes are heightened as they endeavor to cash out and escape the cold alive.

Premiere episode: “Profit or Peril”
          On Alaska’s Yukon River, three raft crews each begin preparations for a trek downstream to sell goods to native villages. Each raft, made from wood collected from logs and timber, will serve as their home and, ultimately, profit for the next five weeks. The first crew, led by Neil Eklund, begins its raft building and search for wood. The next two crews follow close behind him, but tensions arise as the competition for profit begins. These three crews must make money fast before winter ends all their efforts. 

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