Why did Erik Salitan leave ‘Life Below Zero’? What happened?

In one of the most interesting bits in reality TV, Life Below Zero featured hunters living in the sub-zero temperatures of Alaska. The series, which first aired on the 19th of May 2013, is one of the highest-rated series of National Geographic. In its run time of 13 seasons, the series has managed to win numerous awards including a Prime time Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program. The series recently wrapped up its 13th seasons with a potential 14th on the way. Fans not only enjoyed the concept of the series but also took to the vibrant cast members. Erik Salitan was one of the original stars of the TV series who left the series in 2016.

Who is Erik Salitan?

Erik Salitan was born on the 9th of February 1984 in New York City. Born and raised in New York, Erik finished his high school from the Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua. In the same year, he moved to Alaska and got enrolled at the University of Alaska. He graduated from college in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in applied science. After graduating from college, Erik decided to quit the urban cities in favor of nature and decided to live in a cabin with his then-girlfriend, Martha.

A career as a reality star:

When Erik moved to the cabin with his girlfriend, he had nothing and no one to rely on for survival. So, in the years that followed, Erik became an expert in trapping, hunting, tracking and navigating the wilderness of Alaska. He also established his own company entitled Bushwhack Alaska Guiding and Outfitting and also worked as a local guide.Erik is also involved in several hunting groups of Alaska, such as the Northwest Sportsman Club and Alaska Professional Hunters Association.

Former cast member of Life Below Zero: Erik Salitan
Former cast member of Life Below Zero: Erik Salitan

In the year 2013, Erik was approached by the producers of Life Below Zero to star in a brand new reality series. Tempted by the offer, he joined the vibrant cast of Life Below Zero, which kicked off his career as a reality star. Erik and Martha appeared on the series for a total of three years (2013 to 2016) before leaving the set.

Leaving Life Below Zero:

In 2016, Erik and Martha suddenly ceased to appear on Life Below Zero. This raised questions from several fans who wanted to know what happened to their favorite stars. In a Q&A session with fans, Sue Aikens explained that Erik would return to the show.
True to his word, both Erik and Martha were seen back on set for the seventh season. The pair appeared in three episodes, Under the Gun, Lost in the wild, and Renegades of the attic. Renegades of the Attic, which premiered on the 27th of December 2016, became their final episode.
While there has been no official confirmation, fans claimed that Erik and Martha left the show to take care of their children and other businesses.

Through thick and thin:

Erik and Martha met when Erik was in his sophomore year of University. They soon began dating and before they got married in 2010, Erik proposed to Martha in really romantic way while they were on ice fishing. The pair are living a happy life in Wiseman, which lies 67 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The pair have a lovely boy, Lucas Salitan who was born in 2010. Lucas is currently studying at the Wood River Elementary School.

 Erik Salitan and his beloved wife Martha
Erik Salitan and his beloved wife Martha

Net Worth

Erik enjoys a considerable amount of net worth from his appearances in reality TV. Beside that he is having some good time with his business too. So, the star could be enjoying a good sum. As of 2020, his net worth is estimated to be around USD 500,000.


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