Andy Bassich | Life Below Zero

(Last Updated On: Nov 26, 2017)

The wildlife in Alaska is fascinating. It is the habitat of a variety of animal species that have successfully adapted to the extreme weather conditions in this area. It is also the home of extraordinary people such as Andy Bassich, a reality TV star in the American TV series “Life Below Zero” on the Discovery Channel.

Surrounded by his sled dogs and the most unfriendly terrain in the Alaskan bush, Andy continues to use his natural instinct and special talents to survive in the wild against all the odds.

Andy Bassich’s Bio

Andy Bassich was born in 1958, and he grew up in Washington where he had his early education. Andy graduated from the John F Kennedy High School and later moved to Alaska in 1980 to begin a lifestyle that will later hold thousands of viewers from all over the world spellbound.

Living in Alaska

Alaska is one of the most sparsely populated places in the United States; it hosts small communities who are surviving with the basic amenities and modern day technology, Andy Bassich, however, is part of the residents in these regions who have survived for many years without advanced technology.

He learned carpentry skills which made it easier for him to build his “empire” in the Alaskan bush. Andy is one of the most resourceful people I know, after watching many episodes; I am still thrilled at how he resourcefully overcomes different challenges that come his every day in the “white wilderness.”

Personal Life

Andy Bassich and his ex-wife Kate Bassich ran the show for many years, they were the audience’s favorite couple, supporting each other through the horrific winter and collaborating in remarkable ways to prepare themselves during the short summer periods. Andy created a sled as his means of transportation; he uses the sled to transport fish and animals he kills while hinting in the wild. The sled dogs are amazing, he cares for 26 sled dogs which might seem like a lot of dogs to care, but Andy is an exceptional man. There is hardly any information about his children who have not been featured on the show yet. It almost broke the hearts of viewers when Andy and Kate announced that they would be breaking up in 2015. Kate and Andy Bassich divorce followed in 2016, sadly Kate had to leave Alaska, the show went on, and Andy showed resilience and his love for the wild outdoors kept him in the Alaskan bush.

Surviving on the Yukon River

For many years, Andy Bassich has lived by the Yukon River in Alaska. His amazing survival skills have been caught on the unscripted TV show “Life Below Zero.” He is a man of many talents; Andy built his fortress from scratch. With his carpentry skills, he used wood and other resources he could gather to create his living area. He feeds on fish, meat and vegetables sourced from the Yukon River, and the wild life around the Alaskan bush. Growing plants in that terrain might have been a difficult task, but when you have survived in Andy Bassich’s location as long as he has, you will definitely find ways to get around any difficulties. To survive Andy makes his knives, bullets and other tools. He loves beer; Andy has found ways to brew his beer in the Alaskan bush. From what we see on the TV show, he is very successful at brewing his brand of beer.

The bulk of his food and resources are locally gathered from the bush around Andy Bassich’s home. The closest Andy Bassich comes to using modern technology in a very long time is the solar panel in his home which provides minimal power in his home.

A Life of Freedom

When asked what he loves most about living in the Alaskan bush, Andy wastes no time in saying that it is the freedom he enjoys the most. He is free to do anything he wants every day. He enjoys the outdoors and waking up every morning knowing he can embark on an expedition in the wild makes him very comfortable in the Alaskan bush. Over the years, Andy has only been able to explore a minimal part of the “White Wilderness,” this means, there is still a lot to do, many places to explore and more discoveries to be made in wild Alaska.

Andy Bassich’s Net Worth

Andy Bassich is reported to be worth about $250,000 with an annual income of $100,000. He has leveraged his skills to establish a Survival School with additional training services for dog mushing. Andy Bassich’s survival camp cost is unknown. The show continues to grow, and he definitely has a secure retirement plan. What could be better than that? Living the life you love and making money from it, this is an experience some people can only imagine considering the way our world is today.

Living in Alaska has made it possible for Andy Bassich to be in control of his life. He works very hard to survive, ensuring that he has enough fish for his dogs, and sufficient food to survive the long, harsh winter.

Many people like me will continue to be ardent viewers of Andy Bassich’s “Life Below Zero” TV series because it inspires us to be the best we can be if Andy living in the Wild Alaska bush can survive, we should be able to make our lives meaningful by chasing our dreams.


    1. Have you’ve been contacted? It would be great if he continued to teach others on the wilderness lifestyle

  1. Breakups are never easy. I know. Andy seemed to have a lot on his plate. Hope he is doing well and looking at the future and his next adventure. You are so talented and resourceful. Keep your head up and reach for the stars. Love watching you on the show and your awesome personality. Plus you should brew your own beer, I want some.

  2. The last time I saw “Life Below Zero” Andy Basich in the ending of the episode for that night, someone handed something like a bottle of either beer or wine for Andy and Andy drunk from out if the container that has a label with the skull and bone and indicated it as dangerous. After Andy drunk from it his head tilted backwards as if he died it passed out?!??
    Did he or dud he not passed out?!
    Is he still alive?!?!
    Did he got poisoned by someone who handed that bottle for him to drink?!?!
    Fans please check how he is doing?!?
    Will there be answer from National Geogrphic channel ????
    Is he still on the show and I my personal opinion he should be on each and every episode!!!!!
    It’s HUS to begin with. All those in favor fir his wife please don’t talk about their personal things going on. Talk about the show and how they all try to survive!!!!!!…….Sue, The Hailstone, etc

  3. I think Andy Basich is the most effective aside from Sue, Andy is very well adopted to his environment. Andy’s wife does not have to be on the show with him if he deems not for him.
    Married life may not be for him . His wife wants to be in the show to get OART if the share.
    I prefer not to see her on the show. Was she helpful with him on just nothing and she was a tourist and was she a USA citizen or she married him for her visa?!?!
    I would like to give a vote for the show to have Andy Basich back on the show – Life Below Zero.
    It s none of anyone’s business to mention and talk about their personal life. It Andy Badich’s show not hers not about his wife.
    Why not just talk about the show and not about their life or their marriage.
    One can talk about Andy Basich because it’s his show!!!!….period.
    Take his wife name out please!
    Don’t show any of his wife but just him.
    We would like to see more of him on the “Life Below Zero”
    Thanks and please do so. I missed the show how he does to survive Alaska.
    He’s been there many years before the wife.
    Therefore it’s his show and his wife just sneaked in to be part of and Poor Andy he fell for her but it was a mistakes seems like it.She was just there for the show display unlike sue really used her body hand and energy to get it than and sue Aikens is knowledgeable just like Andy.
    So far for now!

  4. Can someone please get this concern to Andy Bassich. I watch many outdoor reality shows and was saddened when I heard about another star of the show, “Alaska The Last Frontier”, having fallen off his elevated porch/deck simply because it did not have any hand rails. I now see that Andy’s new home with the elevated roof deck does not have any hand rails. Please install hand rails before you have an accident like others have.

    Thinking of you in Oregon.

  5. Why is Andy building a new house?? I missed a couple of weeks n I don’t know why he’s building back off of the river??

  6. Andy is extremely resourceful. So sad they had to divorce yet they were so real, supportive n loving to each other. I have come to love most if not all characters in this show. Sue is a real survivor full of positivity and cursing, I still love her.

    Am really hoping Andy and Kate can reconcile sometime soon, they will age nice together.

  7. Andy is extremely resourceful. So sad they had to divorce yet they were so real, supportive n loving to each. I have come to love most if not all characters in this show. Sue is a real survivor full of positivity and cursing, I still love her.

    Am really hoping Andy and Kate can reconcile sometime soon, they will age nice together.

    1. Like some of us sometimes marriage does not work out. I am sure they tired to make it work. As have many others. I too adore the characters on the show. And admire the lifestyle I wonder could I make it? At 56 its nice to wonder but doubt I will ever have the chance. Know what got to me? Icebergs passing. I just think its nice that all on the show share their life for us to see. Life has many ups and downs. It just is. I wish them all the best and thank them for the window into all of their lives. Its why I tune in.

  8. Of all the folks on Life Below Zero, I like Andy Bassich at Eagleand Glenn Vilaneux at Chandalar the best.

    I see their struggles as they live their life and being in the lower 48, I’ve always wanted to help them. Andy doesn’t help. He’s self-sufficient and very smart. Glenn doesn’t use any power tools and he may need help.

    I think these reality shows and like The Last Alaskans. That most of. Us would like like to send care packages to these folks.

    Love the Shows.

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