Ice Road Truckers

Pushing the Edge

Series 5 - Episode 1 Pushing the Edge



Even after years on the roads, there’s something about the annual dash for winter cash that brings out the most basic elements of the drivers – and not just in terms of bleeped-out language.

Grizzly Dave is like a schoolboy who’s grown a beard by mistake. He’s new to ice, but not to trucking, so when he arrives in Alaska he’s only allowed to drive under the supervision of a chaperone. “This isn’t a day care centre,” he grumbles.

Rick and Hugh Rowland throw themselves to safety when highway maintenance men use dynamite to blow up beaver dams. Meanwhile, Alex takes a humbler approach. As cracks appear in the ice beneath his rig, he calmly starts praying.


The return of the documentary that follows drivers transporting essential supplies to some of the remotest parts of North America. Lisa Kelly is in Alaska to lead a convoy of heavy haulers from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, while Maya Sieber has made her way north from her native New York to test herself on the ice roads. In Canada, Hugh Rowland and Rick Yemm are working for a firm based in Winnipeg and Alex Debogorski has gone into business on his own.

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer Thom Beers
Executive Producer Philip David Segal
Series Producer Gayle Gilman