There are a thousand and one ways to become famous. For Agnes Hailstone and her husband, the National Geographical documentary series, Life Below Zero was the genesis of their popularity. As the adventure and reality-tv series which was first released in May 2013 gained widespread attention for chronicling the harsh living conditions of people in isolated areas of Alaska, Agnes and her entire family attained celebrity status right along with it. While many fans love the show and enjoy the many perks and danger the family often encounters while they battle to survive terrible odds, not many appreciate how much risk is involved in what they do and their way of life.
Everyone who has consistently kept up with the documentary can definitely tell a thing or two about the survival expert, the things they know are largely about the everyday struggles she encounters while living in the vicious climatic conditions of remote Alaska. The series has run for 13 seasons beginning from 2013 and besides what it shows or documents, there is so much more to the lives of Agnes and her husband. This is especially so because even though she is a reality tv star in her own rights, Agnes is not a big fan of social media and does not often share much.
Agnes Hailstone’s Birth and Life Sheet
It is believed that Agnes Hailstone was born on the 14th of June, 1971. While it has also been claimed that she was birthed in 1972 and that her name Agnes was inspired by the year’s tropical cyclone which was named Hurricane Agnes, these claims can barely be substantiated as details of Agnes’ early life have been shrouded in mystery. This is a direct result of the fact that she is not a big fan of discussing her early life and is not a fan of social media.
Hardly can anyone tell a thing about her parents, siblings, family background, or anything about her life before Life Below Zero. Nonetheless, it is known that she hails from the Inupiaq tribe of native Alaskan.
How She Met Chip Hailstone
Like Agnes, Chip is one of the main characters of the National Geographic series. Although many have come to assume that he’s Agnes’ first and only husband due to the fact that she has spent practically all her life in the most secluded regions of Alaska, this is not true as Agnes is said to have had other serious relationships. Some sources even claim that before she met Chip, she was married to her first lover. As the story goes, things fell apart between her and the unknown husband and they decided to abandon the marriage.
When Chip was 19, he visited Alaska and settled in Noorvik even though he had no initial plans to do so. A handful of years later, he met this hunter (Agnes) from the Inupiaq tribe and they started hunting together occasionally. It was only a matter of time before their friendship blossomed into a romance, things got serious and they settled for a marriage.
Chip Hailstone was born in Kalispell, Montana in 1961 to his parents – Mary Lois and Daniel Franklin Hailstone. Although he is now widely known as Chip, he was named Edward V Hailstone at birth. Growing up in his hometown in northwest Montana, Chip got to learn all the handy skills that have helped him survive in the unfriendly remote areas of Alaska.
Who Are their Children?
Thanks to Life Below Zero, many have learned a lot about Agnes Hailstone’s family life. It is common knowledge that she and her husband settled at the Kobuk River located in the Arctic region of northwestern Alaska where they had and have raised all their kids to survive like them in the rough terrain.
The union of Agnes and Chip produced 5 daughters: Qutan, Tinmiaq, Iriqtaq, Caroline, and Mary. Also, Agnes had two sons (Douglas and Jon) from her previous marriage and both of them are married with Kids. Her girls didn’t abandon education to exclusively live in the wild like their parents. Iriqtaq has completed her high school education and moved on to college.
Essentially, Agnes and her husband have handed down all of their survival skills and expertise to their children and fans are waiting to see if the next generation of Hailstones would continue to live by the Inupiaq traditions or find a home in a place that’s more friendly. For now, the whole family works and hunts together to survive. Given that they mostly feed on their hunted games, they equally creat crafts from what’s left of the games which they often trade by barter.