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3 Reasons Why Ice Road Truckers Should Come Back

Ice Road Truckers is a show I've followed closely since childhood.

A view through an ice road can be a scary experience!

A view through an ice road can be a scary experience!

1. The Unbelievable Exotic Locations

Let's be honest. How many of us have run across a frozen sea up in the Arctic in the middle of nowhere? How many of us have experienced the extreme Dalton Highway in Alaska and its many death traps along the route? How many of us have experienced the remote roads of north Canada?

Chances are high that most of us will never get to experience this. Therefore, History Channels hit Ice Road Truckers is probably the only contact we ever will get with the terrifying yet somewhat attractive ice roads. I must say that watching the series led me to some enjoyable research on the different places and locations featured in the show.

It is so interesting to learn about places like Inuvik, Fairbanks, Yellowknife, Prudhoe Bay, et cetera. And to be honest, it would be very pleasurable to see the show return to these or even some other places.

2. The Dramatic Atmosphere That Surrounds the Show

No one can argue with Ice Road Truckers' ability to make you sit on the edge of your seat while watching the truckers battle through snowstorms, blizzards, and other immensely troublesome conditions. Hearing the ice crack under the super heavy haulers on the crazy deep lakes in the middle of nowhere is an experience that can make you shiver with both fear and excitement.

The driving itself is not everything interesting about the Ice Road Truckers series. It also portrays the different struggles that ice road truckers need to face during their day-to-day life. Let's put it this way, the machines are not perfectly optimized to operate in death-freezing conditions, yet these guys need to succeed with this task as there are many loads consisting of life-dependent supplies that every winter needs to be transported to all those remote towns out there.

Therefore, truckers need to get out there and hope for the best while keeping the truck on the road and in a functional condition to return home safely. It is an aspect that made this show very special and highly enjoyable. For me, it's a reason why I truly believe and think that the show should return one day.

Prelude Lake is a lake located east of Yellowknife, where an ice road opens during winter.

Prelude Lake is a lake located east of Yellowknife, where an ice road opens during winter.

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3. The Unforgettable Personalities

Some memorable personalities have become associated with one of the History Channel's biggest hits. Meet some of the most legendary truckers across the show.

Hugh Rowland

Hugh Rowland, aka Polar Bear, as he's often referred to across the show, is one of the most known drivers that have ever driven the ice roads. Being a veteran of ice roads, he disposes of a high amount of skill regarding driving and operating a truck in arctic conditions. But Hugh is not known only for his indisputable good driving skills. He has ended up in quite a few conflicts with his fellow truckers. His lacking patience has also come up on the screen several times. The lesson here is to not get in the way of the Polar Bear.

Alex Debogorski

Alex is as well one of the most experienced truckers when it comes to ice roads. He is contradictory to his main rival Hugh Rowland, with his more calm and slowly-paced approach. While he may have seemed unnecessarily slow at times, he made that up in experience. Always seeing the bigger picture has helped Alex conquer ice roads for years and earned him a remarkable audience, having the highest respect for him. He is also known to be a very religious person, something he has shared a lot during the series. No matter what you think of Alex, he's a true character and a trucker of the highest rank.

Jack Jessee

Jack Jessee is one of the best and most experienced truckers that have ever conquered the tremendous Dalton Highway in Alaska, one of the most dangerous roads in the world. He made his debut in season 3 when the producers decided to switch the location and moved the show from Canada to the northern U.S. In the Alaskan wilderness – there's no one else than Jack Jessee who rules the Dalton Highway. The Canadian All-Star team, Hugh and Alex, had to adapt to a new region and a new type of road they weren't as familiar with before. Jack Jessee has shown his skills that are amongst the best in Alaska, making him a tremendously important part of the success of the company he's working for, Carlile Transportation.

Lisa Kelly

Rumors are saying that Lisa didn't do that and that, got help with that, and so on. Look, I am not a judge here. After all, I was not up there when the series got filmed. But from what I have seen regarding Lisa Kelly's appearance on the show, she was one of the more compelling drivers to follow. Being almost a complete rookie regarding ice roads, she quickly made herself a standing reputation for being able to, on a good day, keep up with the best truckers in the industry. Lisa has fought her way up and become one of the most appreciated truckers in the show.

Darrell Ward

Darell was a force of nature. This trucker from Montana was full of temperament and had quite a tough time when first joining the crew in Alaska. He always proclaimed himself to be one of the best out there. That is something he proved as years went by. Darrell quickly became one of the most reliable truckers that could haul anything anywhere. Sadly, this legend died on August 28, 2016, in what was a fatal plane crash. The show suffered a lot from Darrell's passing. One could say that it was one of many reasons why the show got canceled in the following years.

It Is Time for the Ice Road Truckers to Return

I sincerely hope that the show Ice Road Truckers will return. It is a show that enables us to witness what it takes to be a truck driver in the northern regions of our world. I believe that the show has the potential to attract viewers in all age categories and continue to build upon what already is a strong and forever-lasting legacy.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2022 Jan Stepan

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