The eighth season of Alaska: The Last Frontier premiered on October 7, months after its seventh season ended. This season, the extended Kilcher family, living off the grid in the wilderness of Homer, Alaska is back with new and different adventures.
Where are the Kilchers?
Atz Kilcher’s daughter, Jewel Kilcher is introducing her seven years old son, Kase Townes Murray, to the show and the homesteading skills. However, her younger brother, Atz Lee Kilcher and his wife, Jane Kilcher are trying to keep their children, Etienne,17 and Piper, 14, off camera. While many fans even don’t know that Atz Lee and Jane have kids, they have kept their kids away from the limelight on purpose.
Jane took to Facebook on September 8 to announce fans about the new season airing and their decision of not featuring their children. Many fans supported her decision referring to her as “a wonderfully protective mother.” Etienne and Piper haven’t been entirely absent on the show. They appeared in the first episode of the show, which was hardly noticed.
However, Jane says they will appear in the show when they want to and when they are ready to handle the attention of the public. In a Facebook post earlier this month, Jane wrote,
I've been overwhelmed lately of people realizing we have children ... that are not on the show... We are so proud of our kids, Piper 14 and Etienne 16, they are not a secret...we just keep their lives private and away from the AWFUL internet trollers, ETC...but as they get older you may see them (on their own volition ) on an episode or two.... after I have made sure they can deal with all the craziness!!!!
Atz Lee, who once dreamt of following his passion for music like his elder sister, Jewel, has been completely embracing his life in the last frontier. In August 2015, he got himself into serious trouble after falling off a cliff while hiking with Mike Shulman in Otter Cove. Luckily, Mike had a satellite phone at that time. He called 911, and Atz Lee was rescued through helicopter. He endured severe injuries, including a broken arm, a broken shoulder, broken ankle, a broken hip, crushed ribs and two punctured lungs.
He later took to Instagram to share the snaps of his X-ray to his fans while updating about his recovery. His injuries and recovery were also chronicled on the show. Now, three years after the near-fatal accident, he is enjoying his life in the wilderness. Atz Lee and his wife Jane Kilcher’s journey to Adak Island in search of caribou (reindeer), food for the family will also be documented in the show this season. Likewise, his father, Atz’s new adventure is that he finds an abandoned barge and tries to turn that into the family’s first floating homestead.
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