If you are a fan of the famous National Geographic documentary, Life Below Zero, then you must know Martha Mae Salitan. She and her husband Erik Salitan were important members of the show that has been on for years now.
Even though they have left the show, there is still a lot to talk about them. Their time on the show together made them some fans’ favorites and they consistently were among the characters that made the show gather global attention as it has now.
There are so many other members on the Life Below Zero shows that have similar stories to Martha Mae Salitan. It is why the reality show is famous because people get to see the real-life experiences of people living in conditions that are at best, unfavourable.
Quick Facts About Martha Mae Salitan
What is Life Below Zero?
Life Below Zero is an American documentary produced by the National Geographic channel that mirrors the lives of those living in Alaska, a very cold place with temperatures below zero.
The documentary shows the real-life experiences of the settlers with a little bit of fiction. So many characters have made it to the show which gives a lot of entertainment to fans and viewers alike. It would also interest you to know that the characters are paid quite a hefty sum of money per episode.
Not many people think Alaska is a place to live, because of the harsh weather conditions, even though the adventure and thrill of living there appeal to people, but people haven’t genuinely wanted to live in Alaska. We guess it is why the channel decided to give a reality show about what Alaska is and how the natives or people who live there, survive.
Today the show boasts worldwide views and stars such as Chip Hailstone and his wife, Agnes Hailstone.
Who is Martha Mae Salitan’s Husband?
Before the show, no one knew the background of Martha Mae Salitan and her husband, Erik Salitan. The two only became famous by virtue of their association with the documentary.
Erik Salitan’s background is also not known but he was born on February 9, 1984, in New York, USA. Little details are known about his educational background but he earned a degree in Applied Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA.
Today, Erik Salitan has his own company which he founded with his wife. The name of the company is Bushwhack Alaska, Guiding and Outfitting. It is a company that helps to guide tourists. He and his wife also have two lodges, one in Peninsula and another in the Brooks Range. All these help to improve their incomes.
How did Martha Mae Salitan and Erik Salitan Meet?
Not many times would you come across two people who grew up from two extremes come together to want to be with each other. By extremes, we mean, Erik was born in the modern, bustling city of New York.
Martha on the other hand was raised in Alaska, a below zero temperature region that has a totally different way of life. The two later met, at the time we do not know and married each other. If they had dated for a while, we have no answer to that, but we know they met each other, fell in love and saw that they were perfect for marriage.
It is true that not many can brave the odds of settling in cold Alaska, but that person was not Erik Salitan. He moved to Alaska when he was eighteen for reasons best known to him. Perhaps, he wanted a new lease of life. And oh, we must tell you that living in Alaska if you are not a native is a whole new level.
It requires a different mentality and it is not a mean feat. But some people like Erik Salitan have gone there and have become successful.
Adventure Brought Them to Life Below Zero
If you have two people who want to explore the jostles of life together, then they are meant for each other. If not, the two wouldn’t marry each other and be cast members in the adventure-based reality TV show, Life Below Zero.
Why did Martha Mae Salitan and Her Husband Leave The Show?
First things first, we need to know that this couple isn’t professionally trained actors. And so, they may at some point feel like they don’t want to be involved with the series. The first time the couple left the show was in 2015 after joining in 2013.
At the time, fans thought they were merely on a break. They came back and left in 2016. This time around their absence became longer than necessary, leaving fans to question where they were. Anyways, the couple must have left the show because they weren’t interested anymore. They just wanted to live their previous lives before the show.
Anyways, the couple never revealed why they left the show. Similarly, other cast members also left the show, most notably skilled survivalist Glenn Villanueva in 2019. Reports say he was fired.
Besides, the couple has a kid, Lucas Salitan who is not so much of a child anymore. Perhaps, they wanted to raise their child outside of the cameras.
So far, there is no record of the couple involved in any TV projects, which is a testament that they weren’t made for acting. Besides, Erik and his wife Martha Mae Salitan own a cottage business and a hunting guide company. If the excuse is, they wanted to focus on their businesses, we think it is very valid.