The cold of Alaska is treacherous and surviving there needs a lot of hard work and planning year-round. There are people who would take it in a heartbeat while trading modern-day convenience. Meet Chip Hailstone a man who lives by his own rules. He is a hunter, a craftsman, a father, and a star of the hit reality show “Life Below Zero”. Born in Montana, he moved to Alaska at the age of 19 and never looked back. He fell in love with the wild and rugged beauty of the land, and with a native woman named Agnes. Together, they raised seven children in the remote town of Noorvik, where they survive on what nature provides. Chip Hailstone is not afraid of challenges or hardships. He has faced extreme weather, dangerous animals, and even jail time for standing up for his family. He is a master of survival skills, such as hunting with bows and rifles, fishing with nets and spears, and making clothes and tools from animal parts. He is also a respected member of the Inupiaq community, who share their culture and traditions with him. Chip Hailstone is a man who lives life below zero, but above expectations.
Edward Chip Hailstone was born on March 8, 1969, in Kalispell, Montana, U.S. He is the son of Daniel Franklin Hailstone and Mary Lois Hailstone, and the family line is descended from Europe. Chip is Pisces born and shares the quality of being flirtatious, charming and romantic, and being a water sign, also introverted and emotional with others born with the same zodiac sign.
He grew up in Montana, where his father taught him how to hunt and fish. He dreamed of living in the wild, away from the hustle and bustle of civilization. When he was 19 years old, he decided to follow his dream and moved to Alaska, the last frontier.
Adapting to Alaska:
After coming to Alaska, Chip met Agnes, a native Alaskan woman who shared his passion for survival and simplicity. They settled in Noorvik, a small town near the Arctic Circle, where they raised seven children and lived off the land. While Agnes inherits the way of hunting and fishing as a rite of passage from her parents, Chip evolved over the years. Chip learned how to adapt to the harsh climate and make use of every part of the animals he hunted. The inedible parts are turned into fur and other useful materials.
Chip is handy with 12-gauge antique rifles and .22, bow, and arrow, and in times of need, he does not shy away from using his bare hands during the hunt. He also learned how to respect and appreciate the culture and traditions of the Inupiat people, Agnes’ ancestors. Chip Hailstone became a skilled hunter, trapper, craftsman, and storyteller. He also became a star of the reality show Life Below Zero, which showcased his family’s unique lifestyle in the Alaskan wilderness.
Life Below Zero:
After being recruited, Chip and Agnes decided to join the cast of Life Below Zero, an original reality show of National Geography. Chip made his show debut during season 1 episode 1 “End of the Road” in 2013 and has made over 131 episode appearances until 2023. However, Chip has not always been a regular figure in the show as he did not make a single appearance during season nine in 2017. During the time he was facing charges and incarceration from the past altercation which happened in 2011.
Chip Hailstone was sentenced to 15 months of jail time following the conviction of two counts of perjury and two counts of making false statements. While the case was ongoing in court, Chip was also put on probation for using modern firearms. Out of 15 months, Chip spent ten months in jail before he was released in the spring of 2017. He got cleared of all convictions in December 2017.
Chip Hailstone’s incarceration is connected to a family fight that happened on July 13, 2011. His stepson Jonathan Carter was involved in a quarrel with another family in Noovrik. The family had to go through the subsequent questioning with troopers during one of them Chip claimed Alaska state Trooper Christopher Bitz physically assaulted his then-17-year-old daughter, Tinmiaq. Chip also claimed his daughter was put at gunpoint. He asked for a restraining order against the trooper.
How rich is Chip Hailstone? Net Worth?
When you are dependent on food from nature and making clothes out of animals’ hide an obvious deduction would be money does not have much value. However, we can not rule out the fact that guns, fishing boats, and other hunting gear cost money. Also, Chip and his wife Agnes take care of the expenses of raising their children and their formal education. How do they secure the money? Initially, the Hailstone family depended on hunting, fishing, gathering, and tanning as their main source of income. The couple made significant strides in their financial situation after joining the show Life Below Zero. As of 2023, Chip Hailstone and his wife have a combined net worth of $250,000.
Chip is married to his longtime wife Agnes Hailstone. The pair first met in Noovrik, Alaska, and tied the knot around 1992. Agnes is an Alaskan native, born to the Inupiaq tribe. Inupiaq are the generational hunters and their main source of food comes from hunting and fishing. Learning the tricks of the trade from her parents, Agnes matured as a hunter at a young age.
So far their marriage has been blissful. In more than 30 years as a married couple, the pair alongside their family have resided in Noovriv, Alaska a place with roughly 652 inhabitants. They seasonally move as further as 90 miles from their home base looking for the hunt. In doing so, the family packs the tents and necessary equipment to keep themselves safe from cold and wild animals. Even though hunting is their way of life it has also come with price. Agnes lost her mother and brother to the icy water of Alaska.
Chip and Agnes have given birth to five daughters. They are Tinmiaq, Iriqtaq, Mary, Caroline, and Qutan Hailstone. Even though Hailstone lives a self-deprived life the children are sent to school. The eldest of daughters was initially homeschooled and later attended a local school in Noovrik.
Amongst the siblings, Iriqtaq graduated from Noovrik High School in 2015 and became a mother a year later in 2016. In the final year, she played basketball alongside her younger sister Mary. The youngest two Caroline and Qutan are learning the traditional hunting and fishing from the family.
There are more children in the family, Chip has two stepson sons. Agnes was previously married and had two sons, Douglas and Jon. The name of her ex-husband is unknown for now.
The eldest two grew up as hunters, and from time to time they have appeared in the show. Douglas is married to Gloria Iyatunguk, and together they have five children. Jon is also married and has kids.
Chip Hailstone’s Quotes regarding his lifestyle
We’re not at the end of the road, we’re 300 miles away from the end of the road.
Possessions are a burden when you live out of snow machine and a sled.
We do not live out there we survive.
I think a lot of people live among a lot of other people but they do not know anybody.
Edward Chip Hailstone
Date of Birth
March 8, 1969
54 years old
Place of Birth
Kalispell, Montana, U.S.
TV personality, Hunter
Tinmiaq, Iriqtaq, Mary, Caroline, and Qutan Hailstone