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ICE ROAD TRUCKERS (the coolest and most interesting show on TV) LIVE THREAD!
History Channel ^ | July 1, 2007 | NewLand

Posted on 07/01/2007 3:11:31 PM PDT by NewLand

The History Channel embarks upon an unparalleled adventure revealing the virtually unknown occupation of ice road trucking, considered to be one of the world's most dangerous jobs. ICE ROAD TRUCKERS charts two months in the lives of six extraordinary men who haul vital supplies to diamond mines over frozen lakes that double as roads. The livelihood of many depends on these tenuous roads, which through the years have been responsible for the deaths of dozens of men.

Always prepared for the ice to give way under the weight of their trucks, these drivers put their lives and financial security of their families on the line in an exhilarating dash for cash. Beginning Sunday, June 17 at 10pm ET/PT, this adrenaline packed series reveals the raw, gripping quest of ice road truckers.

The desolate white landscape stretches as far as the eye can see in a world where the land meets the sky at an invisible horizon, just miles from the Arctic Circle. The fascinating, yet little-known ice road trucking industry, stationed just outside of Yellowknife in Canada's Northwest Territory, is responsible for supporting the diamond mines there. Canada now stands as the third largest diamond producer in the world, housing an industry that rakes in $1.9 billion a year.

Each year, the many lakes of this region completely freeze over and engineers build an ice road over them that can withstand the weight of tractor trailers, hopefully. Jackknifing, breakdowns and accidents are commonplace. Last year, because of the effects of global warming, the ice road was closed early, leaving hundreds of tons of supplies stuck at the dispatch station. Since the terrain in this region is virtually impenetrable, and there are so few paved roads, the only way for supplies to reach the mines is by traveling over the ice road. The entire industry depends on the weather and the courage of the ice road truckers, who are willing to push themselves to the limit and who constantly hear the cracking of the ice right beneath their wheels.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Canada; Culture/Society; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: business; canada; danger; incredible; trucking
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This show is riveting, exciting, funny, competitive, and I guarantee that 99% of you, like me, had never heard of this before and will find it nothing less than fascinating! Conservatives will love this show!

10:00 PM Eastern on The History Channel!

1 posted on 07/01/2007 3:11:37 PM PDT by NewLand
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To: NewLand

I’m hooked on it. Love that Canadian humour!


2 posted on 07/01/2007 3:12:22 PM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: little rebel

PING to the #1 ICE ROAD TRUCKER fan!


3 posted on 07/01/2007 3:12:47 PM PDT by NewLand (Always remember September 11, 2001)
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To: NewLand

It’s also available on iTunes.


4 posted on 07/01/2007 3:13:38 PM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: NewLand

So why don’t they fly the supplies in by helicopter?


5 posted on 07/01/2007 3:13:43 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 71 days away from outliving Marvin Gaye)
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To: All

6 posted on 07/01/2007 3:14:15 PM PDT by NewLand (Always remember September 11, 2001)
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To: SamAdams76
So why don’t they fly the supplies in by helicopter?

30 tons of cement across 350 miles doesn't travel well.

7 posted on 07/01/2007 3:15:08 PM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: NewLand

I saw some of the ads and I am already hooked and I don’t like shows like that.


8 posted on 07/01/2007 3:15:34 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: SamAdams76
So why don’t they fly the supplies in by helicopter?

Extremely heavy equipment for gold mining...can't do by helicopter.

Watch and see!

9 posted on 07/01/2007 3:16:06 PM PDT by NewLand (Always remember September 11, 2001)
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To: NewLand

It’s interesting, alright. I’m looking forward to tonight’s installment. But nothing is better than “Most Dangerous Catch.” [even if they’re running repeats]


10 posted on 07/01/2007 3:17:33 PM PDT by Clara Lou (Fred Thompson, '08-- imwithfred.com. Please note: Hillary is a hag.)
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To: NewLand

Have seen some of it, excellent show.


11 posted on 07/01/2007 3:17:41 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: Glenn
It’s also available on iTunes.

WIth one episode free.

12 posted on 07/01/2007 3:21:07 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS Is A Slap In The Face To The USBP!!)
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To: Clara Lou

My TV is on DISCOVERY CHANNEL about 75% of the time


13 posted on 07/01/2007 3:21:21 PM PDT by digger48
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To: NewLand

I’ll download the free episode on iTunes and check it out.


14 posted on 07/01/2007 3:23:00 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 71 days away from outliving Marvin Gaye)
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To: Clara Lou

I should have included HISTORY channel as well.

As long as its not too political of a topic. They turned the search for water one into a Global Warming Sobfest


15 posted on 07/01/2007 3:24:51 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Glenn

they could use boats in the summertime, and stockpile what they need for winter?


16 posted on 07/01/2007 3:32:05 PM PDT by jdub
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To: jdub

It’s a great show. I’m really hooked. If I was younger, I might give it a try. $1000 per day I think that’s what I heard they earn.


17 posted on 07/01/2007 3:35:09 PM PDT by CAWats
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To: NewLand

Diamonds are dumb

Get back to me when they are trucking to ANWR.


18 posted on 07/01/2007 3:36:27 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: jdub

The land along these routes is dotted with lakes. In the summer, the land between the lakes is pretty marshy.


19 posted on 07/01/2007 3:38:10 PM PDT by Clara Lou (Fred Thompson, '08-- imwithfred.com. Please note: Hillary is a hag.)
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To: NewLand

Great show. I now know of two jobs I’ll never do. “Deadliest Catch” and “Ice Road Truckers”.


20 posted on 07/01/2007 3:40:28 PM PDT by Clink
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To: CAWats

The driving wouldn’t be so bad. It’s th risk of dropping into pertty deep water that’s the problem. They talked about one driver whose rig dropped through the ice. They found his body 300 ft. away from his truck: He was able to swim out of his truck, but at night, he couldn’t see the hole in the ice above him.


21 posted on 07/01/2007 3:40:35 PM PDT by Clara Lou (Fred Thompson, '08-- imwithfred.com. Please note: Hillary is a hag.)
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To: Clara Lou

Of course, if he’d made it up through the opening in the ice, he’d have frozen to death unless some other driver came along at just the right moment.


22 posted on 07/01/2007 3:42:52 PM PDT by Clara Lou (Fred Thompson, '08-- imwithfred.com. Please note: Hillary is a hag.)
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To: NewLand

Headed for the DeBeers mine this year. This is DeBeers first mine outside of South Africa. DeBeers controls the diamond market and I’m surprised they weren’t prevelant here.


23 posted on 07/01/2007 3:44:50 PM PDT by deport ( Cue Spooky Music...)
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To: Clara Lou; little rebel
little rebel also loves Dangerous Catch, and asked me , if I HAD TO CHOOSE between those two jobs, which one would I do?

Answer is...

24 posted on 07/01/2007 3:45:56 PM PDT by NewLand (Always remember September 11, 2001)
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To: Clara Lou

I saw the first episode where the truck had some sort of engine trouble and the driver had to nurse it along. If the engine died, the driver would freeze to death and if he just idled the engine to keep warm till help arrived, the vibration would cause the ice underneath to give way and that would have been it. I’m a very good driver, but know nothing about engines.


25 posted on 07/01/2007 3:46:44 PM PDT by CAWats
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To: NewLand
Answer is...


26 posted on 07/01/2007 3:48:25 PM PDT by NewLand (Always remember September 11, 2001)
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To: NewLand

I use to work on the survey crews that went out on snow machines and track rigs to build these ice roads. Fun memories but I’m not going back. Your right its a great show.


27 posted on 07/01/2007 3:50:01 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: CAWats
if he just idled the engine to keep warm till help arrived, the vibration would cause the ice underneath to give way and that would have been it

In the second episode they explained a lot about the amount of weight that can be on the frozen lakes at any given time, also about speed's effect, and how slow they actually had to drive when over ice.

Incredible!

28 posted on 07/01/2007 3:51:00 PM PDT by NewLand (Always remember September 11, 2001)
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To: NewLand

I missed the entire first season. I’m going to get this season on CD when all the episodes come out. I’m not sure I’ll get season 1.


29 posted on 07/01/2007 3:53:37 PM PDT by CAWats
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To: NewLand

Oh Jeeez!


30 posted on 07/01/2007 3:55:15 PM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions----and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: Clink

That and Helen Thomas’s man friday


31 posted on 07/01/2007 3:55:54 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: NewLand

I imagine one day they will use drones or some other remote vehicle for this work. Crazy!


32 posted on 07/01/2007 3:57:56 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: CAWats

Isn’t this the first season? Looks like that on the website.


33 posted on 07/01/2007 3:58:18 PM PDT by NewLand (Always remember September 11, 2001)
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To: NewLand
I’ve seen the previews on this program a few times, and it really looks like an exciting program. Those drivers are really brave and half crazy to make trips over that ice.

Thanks for the heads up! I'm going to watch "The Enemy Within" at 6:00 and then I'll watch "Ice Road Truckers" at 10:00 tonight.

34 posted on 07/01/2007 3:58:56 PM PDT by NRA2BFree ("The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves!")
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To: NewLand

Isn’t this the first season? Looks like that on the website.

Im gonna check that out. I’ll get back to you.


35 posted on 07/01/2007 3:59:56 PM PDT by CAWats
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To: Names Ash Housewares
I imagine one day they will use drones or some other remote vehicle for this work. Crazy!

Not sure drones will do this,you have a lot of decisions to make that require some old fashioned courage.

But, anything's possible!

Have you seen the show?

36 posted on 07/01/2007 4:00:40 PM PDT by NewLand (Always remember September 11, 2001)
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To: NewLand

Thanks for posting. It’s an awesome show.


37 posted on 07/01/2007 4:01:16 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: NewLand
History Channel did a straight history/documentary piece about a year ago on the ice road that was pretty cool (groan), but I think this is a new series. I'm already hooked!

Hit close to 100 here today, what a great antidote!

38 posted on 07/01/2007 4:02:59 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: jdub
they could use boats in the summertime, and stockpile what they need for winter?

The ice road runs over lakes. The lakes are not all connected. Part of the road rolls over frozen ground. And you can't truck it up in the summer because the ground thaws in the summer, so it will not support trucks.
39 posted on 07/01/2007 4:03:05 PM PDT by goldfinch
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To: NewLand

Nothing shows that the early breakup was due to “Global Warming”; this is hardly the first (2006) that they got caught with their pants down.

I’ve watched every episode and some of these guys are dumber than rocks; only three belong behind the wheel.


40 posted on 07/01/2007 4:03:49 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: NewLand

It’s on RIGHT NOW on the Hx Channel


41 posted on 07/01/2007 4:04:50 PM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: NRA2BFree

You’re right. It is the first season. I don’t know where I got the idea it was the second season.


42 posted on 07/01/2007 4:05:12 PM PDT by CAWats
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To: NewLand

I have grabbed a few minutes now and then.
I actually had heard of this kind of work years ago somewhere. I would definatly have a satellite phone with me for sure though. Maybe an ejection seat makes sense too!


43 posted on 07/01/2007 4:08:09 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: DownInFlames

awesome! don’t tell us what happens... :-O


44 posted on 07/01/2007 4:12:04 PM PDT by NewLand (Always remember September 11, 2001)
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I’ll have to get off this thread at 7:00 PM PDT. I don’t want to know what happens from an east coast freeper. :)


45 posted on 07/01/2007 4:16:29 PM PDT by CAWats
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To: Old Professer
I’ve watched every episode and some of these guys are dumber than rocks

Go easy on these guys Prof, at least their not unionized! :-)

46 posted on 07/01/2007 4:17:42 PM PDT by NewLand (Always remember September 11, 2001)
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To: CAWats
I don’t want to know what happens from an east coast freeper. :)

I'll never tell!

47 posted on 07/01/2007 4:21:33 PM PDT by NewLand (Always remember September 11, 2001)
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To: NewLand

I’m trying to imagine what a union would demand...warmer ice roads maybe...


48 posted on 07/01/2007 4:23:04 PM PDT by CAWats
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To: NewLand

I’ll be there. I saw on one of the previews a rig breaking through the ice and thought: “NOW THAT IS SCARY!”


49 posted on 07/01/2007 4:29:38 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: CAWats
I’m trying to imagine what a union would demand...warmer ice roads maybe...

LOL! Whatever the union bosses could make money on, that's all they care about!

50 posted on 07/01/2007 4:33:52 PM PDT by NewLand (Always remember September 11, 2001)
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