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Barrow's Ahyakak wins Ultimate Survivor Alaska

The season finale of the popular National Geographic series Ultimate Survivor Alaska aired last week with Barrow's Ed Ahyakak and Team Endurance taking top spot in the competition.

Ahyakak spent more than 80 days in the Alaska backcountry for the show, being tested in a variety of outdoor challenges, from rock and ice climbing to whitewater kayaking. Other members on his team included fellow Alaskan and 2012 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey as well as Sean Burch, an athlete from Virginia.

"Keeping this a secret from my friends and family while the 10-week season aired was very difficult; there's so much I've wanted to say," said Ahyakak in a release. "It was a huge honor to represent our people in a way that is consistent with our Inupiaq values and to share some of our amazing culture with the world. I hope it inspires our young kids to work hard and to believe in themselves."

The teams, which also included mountaineers, members of the military and woodsmen went head to head racing from Southeast Alaska to the Interior while living off the land. The show's season finale had the remaining teams racing to the top of 4,100-foot Mt. Augustine in southwestern Cook Inlet.

Season 2 of Ultimate Survival Alaska was shown in 60 countries around the world and was a ratings success. Plans are already in the works for a third season.

Internship opportunity for NANA shareholders

NANA Development Corporation's communications and marketing department has an opening for a summer internship. Interested college students can check out the requirements for this new position and apply online at The position closes on Friday, March 14 and the job number is COM00122. Email or call 907-265-4100 with questions.

Girls on Ice Alaska offers free science program?Applications are now open for Girls on Ice Alaska?This free wilderness science and mountaineering program is open to 15-18 year-old girls from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest?The girls will spend 12 days in June with a team of four professional glaciologists and mountaineers, learning about glaciers, field science, and the alpine landscape. Go to or email for more information.

Alaska Geographic field courses open for registration

Alaska Geographic, in partnership with the National Park Service and National Forest Service, invites educators to explore Alaska's wild places on an invigorating field course this summer?Courses offer one or two professional development credits and are led by some of Alaska'?best scientists, naturalists and renowned artists?Most courses include transportation, overnight accommodations and meals.?Many courses are already sold out, however the following Field Courses i?Denali National Par?still have space available:


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