DESCRIPTION: (from National Geographic Channel's press release, November 2013) They are some of the toughest, most extreme survivalists from across the nation. Four teams - woodsmen, mountaineers, military veterans and endurance athletes - go head-to-head in an epic arctic competition that only National Geographic could inspire. Eleven legs across 1,500 miles of Alaska's wild. Only the gear on their backs. Starting Sunday, Dec. 15, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, go off the grid in the second season of National Geographic Channel's (NGC's) Ultimate Survival Alaska (View trailer). Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as "genuinely exciting," adding, "the fate of some of these contenders literally hangs in the balance," this season incorporates a new team format. Twelve rugged outdoorsmen (including one woman) are dropped in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness by bush plane and given 60 hours to make their way to the landing zone for that leg of the expedition. No naked gimmicks. No comfy hotels between takes. No electronic devices or even "reality show" prize at the end. Like the original National Geographic explorers, this is about well-fought pride.