Discovery Braves the Elements on ‘Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice’ and ‘Yukon Men’

While I am patiently waiting for summer in Silver Spring to make its way out the door (commuting in 95-degree heat will do that to you), some of the conditions on Discovery Channel on Friday night may have me rethinking that position. At 9pm ET/PT, on the new series Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice, three gold mining teams will risk their lives to go dredging for gold underneath four feet of ice coating the Bering Sea. Even if they do survive, the teams face the physical and emotional effects of the freezing cold water, including hypothermia, hypoxia, hypercapnia, vertigo, and frostbite.

At 10pm ET/PT, head deep into the Alaska wilderness on Yukon Men. In Tanana, Alaska, the 200-person community is facing one of the harshest winters on record and doing anything they can to stay warm — and stay alive. The men of the town have to face predators, gather food and brave the elements in order to keep their families safe. Check out a sneak peek of Yukon Men below: