The wilderness of Alaska is unforgiving: the place holds the danger of wild creature and the freezing winter is another challenge to test the mettle. Regardless, Andy Bassich lives off the land by the Yukon Riker of Eagle, Alaska. His main source of food comes from hunting and fishing. He has sled-dogs to accompany during the hunt.
As a part of the National Geography deal, Andy Bassich’s life is documented for the TV show “Life Below Zero.” Before the divorce, he lived with his ex-wife Kate Bassich who was also part of the show. In this article, we will bring everything about this TV star like his age, net worth, wife, family, and kids. Also, you will be curious to learn the reason he got divorced.
Andy Bassich Wiki/Bio, Age
Andy Bassich was born on 25th January 1958 in Washington D.C. His birthday makes him 62 years of age now. Growing up in Wheaton, Maryland, Andy was intrigued by the idea of exploring. After graduating from John F. Kennedy High in 1976, he traveled across the country. Though Andy wanted to visit Alaska, the same year his sister was getting married, so he returned and did carpentry jobs for quite a few years.
He got to realize the dream of living off the grid once he moved to Alaska in the 1980s. He spent two years in Anchorage, Alaska before moving to Eagle, Alaska in 1984. The first thing he did after arriving (Eagle) was trade a truckload of wood for his first dog, Muzzle. There Andy learned trapping and mushing from a local trapper. He acquired Coast Guard Merchant Marine Captain License and served as Yukon riverboat captain for 20 years.
Andy Bassich love affair and married life with Kate Bassich. What caused the divorce?
Andy met his ex-wife Kate Bassich at Dawson City back in 2003 then he was a riverboat captain, and Kate was a tourist from Canada. As the circumstance brought them closer after dating for a short while, the two got married. They lived an adventurous life in Calico Bluff. Together the couple worked hard heating with wood, feeding the dogs, hunting, gathering or growing, processing, and preparing every meal from scratch. They hunt moose, black bear, caribou, wolf, salmon.
The couple also became partners in the business. Together they rared many sled dogs for and ran dog mushing School.
The work ethic between the couple was nothing short of praiseworthy. However, serious questions arise about Andy’s marriage commitment. Allegedly, Kate suffered a lot of verbal and emotional abuse. Also, odd their family dispute made into the TV show “Life Below Zero.” Fans showed their discontent due to Andy’s aggressive behavior toward his then-wife Kate Bassich.
Despite they tried to reconcile relationship the marriage could not work out. The final nail in the coffin was in January of 2015 when Kate Left her home in Calico Bluff. The divorce finalized in the later part of 2016.
After the divorce, both individuals have their own set of troubles as Andy was left alone to survive and make a living in Alaska while Kate had no home and had to live with her friends. She now lives in British Columbia, Canada near her youngest daughter.
Andy Bassich Children
There is no information about Andy and Kate Bassich having any children together. Neither the show “Life Below Zero” have coverage of their kids and other reasons support they do not have kids together.
In 2009, during the ice-breaking period, the most pivotal time for hunters and food collectors, Andy Bassich and his wife were hit by one of the most dangerous floods in the history of Eagle, Alaska. The couple and their 21 sled dogs had to be rescued by a chopper. Well, there were no kids to be rescued. And while Kate has children from her previous marriage it is not known how many. Her youngest is a daughter.
Moving on with girlfriend Denise Becker
Living his alone life in Alaska Andy got into an accident while moving a snow machine. He suffered from infections in the muscle and bone and needed crutches to move around his home in Calico, Bluff. He received treatment in Florida and stayed there for nearly six months. After his return, otherwise a dire looking situation he had something to look forward to, the helping hands of his new girlfriend Denise Becker. Andy met his girlfriend in Florida while she was on a canoe trip with a Boy Scouts troop.
Trauma nurse by profession, Denise was born in Canada and has her share of experience growing up in the hard-working family homestead in northern Saskatchewan. She lives together with Andy in Calico, Bluff, Alaska. For now, the two are not married and have no children together.
A carpenter, musher, and a TV personality Andy does not earn much from hard work in Alaska. He has been raising sled dogs for many years and instead of depending on industrialized food, it is his work ethic and fishing ability that feeds them. Nonetheless, Andy Bassich is rich for a guy making a living from hunting, fishing and mushing. Andy Bassich has an estimated net worth of $250,000. His earning from TV show puts his wealth on the higher end of a graph.