- Full name: Erik Salitan
- Net Worth: about $400,000
- Occupation: TV reality personality, pilot, hunter, guide and owner of Bushwhack Alaska Guiding and Outfitting
- Birthday: February 9th, 1984
- Birthplace: New York State
- Birth Sign: Aquarius
- Marital status: Married to Martha Mae Salitan
- Kids: One son – Lucas Salitan
What makes Erik Salitan famous?
36-year-old Erik Salitan is the owner of Bushwhack Alaska Guiding and Outfitting. He is also a registered pilot, a hunter, and guide, who is best known for his appearance in the “Life Below Zero” realities series on National Geographic.
Salitan was one of the main cast members of the BBC produced series about the survival and everyday life of people living in remote areas of Alaska, in freezing temperatures and away from most modern comforts.
Erik and his wife Martha Mae were part of the series from 2012 up to 2016 when they left.
Read on to find out more about Erik Salitan, his youth, his whereabouts today, and why he chose to leave the popular series.
Eric Salitan’s early life, education and his move to Alaska
Eric Salitan was born in the USA on February 6th, 1984. After graduating from high school, Erik enrolled at the Finger Lakes Community College, and on the day of his graduation decided to follow his heart and his adventurous spirit and decided to move from New York City to Alaska.
In Alaska, he graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a degree in Applied Science. After he got his degree, the adventurous young man moved to the remote town of Wiseman, which is located just 67 miles from the Arctic Circle. Salitan reportedly lived in a tent in those freezing conditions, until he built a house of his own there.
During this time, his survival skills evolved, as he relied on daily hunting and fishing in order to survive in the remote and freezing area.
Erik met Martha Mae, who was born in Iliamna, Alaska, and was taught the traditional hunting, trapping and survival skills by her family from an early age. The two got married, and have a young son named Lucas together.
Salitan’s business in Alaska
When he got used to living and surviving in the remote Alaskan area, Erik Salitan founded a company for guiding and assisting tourists and hunters with guidance and suitable outfitting for the Alaskan harsh weather and wilderness.
His company, named Bushwhack Alaska Guiding and Outfitting started blooming, as more guests began using his useful services and visiting his camp.
Once his business started thriving, Erik Salitan decided to expand it to another two lodges – one in the Brooks Range and another one in Peninsula.
He became a registered pilot, guide, and is a member of several hunting groups in the area.
His successful business attracted the producers from BBC, and the production team from National Geographic, who invited him to become one of the stars of their “Live Below Zero” documentary show.
Erik Salitan in “Life Below Zero”
Salitan and his wife Martha Mae became one of the main characters of the popular TV documentary series “Life Below Zero.” The series premiered on May 19th, 2013, and the couple made regular appearances on its first several seasons until they decided to leave the production in December 2016.
Since its premiere, the series has run for 12 seasons and has won four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program and Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program.
The series depicts the difficult and sometimes dangerous lives of the people who live near the Arctic Circle, and who have to hunt, fish, trap and do barter deals with their catch in order to survive.
Erik and Martha Mae Salitan regularly appeared on the series until the end of December when they quit the show – their last appearance being on the “Renegades of the Arctic” episode, which aired on December 27th, 2016.
The couple went missing from the episodes during the 6th season of the series and then reappeared in three episodes from the 7th season, before leaving the production altogether.
Although they have not officially confirmed the reasons for their departure, sources claim that they decided that the cameras and crews were too intrusive for their lives, wanted to live the wild and adventurous lives that they had led before, and also needed to have more personal time with their only son Lucas.
Another possible reason for their departure from the series is that both Erik and Martha Mae run their own local businesses, including the guiding and outfitting company, the Talarik Creek Lodge, and Martha Mae co-owns and manages a local funeral home and cemetery too.
Erik Salitan’s net worth
Even though he left “Life Below Zero” over three years ago, Erik Salitan has a net worth of about $400,000. Part of his fortune is from his participation in the TV documentary series, but Salitan also runs a successful business as a guide, outfitter, and lodger in remote Alaska, so he has a pretty good income.
His wife too has her own business to run, so expectations are that the wealth of the famous Alaskan family will continue growing in the future.
What happened to Erik Salitan after “Life Below Zero”
After he and his wife Martha Mae left the TV series in 2016, they have continued running their businesses and surviving in the Alaskan wilderness.
Their son Lucas goes to school there but joins his father on some of his hunting trips.
Erik Salitan’s Bushwhack Alaska Guiding and Outfitting company has an official website. Neither he nor his wife have official social media accounts.