Roger Phillips Dead End Express
Roger Phillips in "Dead End Express" - © National Geographic Channel
Roger Phillips from "Dead End Express" stars in the National Geographic Channel reality docu-series.

Many people have a dream, but 54-year-old freight hauler Roger Phillips lives his. From a young age he swore he'd become a mountain man, and after a life in construction with a small business, a stable family and six grandkids, Roger and his wife sold up in Ohio and moved north to Skwentna, Alaska. They now live 57 miles from the nearest road and, when winter comes around, Roger braves the frozen Yentna River on his snowmachine to haul in the supplies that he and his fellow off-gridders need to survive.

Roger has modified his 1100 c.c. vehicle with extra suspension, and added 200 steel spikes to the drive belt for improved traction, all of which helps him pull loads of 3000 pounds up and down the ice trail — and make it look easy. But don't be fooled – there are accidents on the river every year, and even Roger's fallen through the ice, snapped his front skis, flipped head-over-heels, and sailed through his windshield more than enough times. Life on the river changes every day: the ice moves, the trail shifts, water levels rise and fall, and the cargo's always different. And even though Roger makes life-or-death decisions every time he risks the ice, he knows the river is in charge – he's just along for the ride.


Where does he live? Find out here.

Current Residence: Skwentna, AK

Rugged Adventurers Haul Cargo on 'Dead End Express' — Premiering Thursday, May 7, the new National Geographic Channel reality docu-series follows those who risk their lives hauling fuel, ammo, food and medicine through the untamed wilderness to the farthest corners of the country. Read more...

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