Chip, A.K.A Edward V. Hailstone, was born on March 5, 1969 (age 51, Zodiac sign Piscis) in Kalispell, Montana; son of Daniel and Mary Hailstone. His father was the one to teach him survival skills since a very young age, including fish and hunt. Chip was 19 years old when he first visited Alaska in what was intended to be a temporary visit, but turned into his permanent residence.
He settled down in Noorvik, by the Kobuk River, which had a population of only around 700 habitants, amongst them his future wife, Alaskan native Agnes. She was three years younger than Chip at the time and it has yet to be confirmed when the two got married. She is a member of the Inupiat Eskimo Tribe of the town and area and Chip himself has been living like a native Alaskan Eskimo since he first arrived, spending his days hunting bears and wolves, and fishing seals and fish.
Chip Hailstone Career Details
For their lifestyle and constant handling of the below-zero conditions, Chip’s family caught the attention of the BBC’s docu-series producers and were invited to participated in the planned documentary Life Below Zero about people surviving in extreme temperatures (mainly cold ones) and lacking common modern resources. The show follows its participants as they develop themselves through the challenges that the Alaskan wildernes throws their way.
The Hailstones are located near the Kobuk River and only 19 miles away from the Arctic Circle. Since Agnes’ family has lived in the extreme cold for generations, the family already has plenty of experience and knowledge on how to fend for themselves when Alaskan life gets tough.
Apart from the Hailstone couple, the series counts with a somewhat of a large cast. Consists in Sue Aikens, a sole resident of the Kavik River Camp, and Glenn Villeneuve, the only resident of Chandalar; Jessie Homes, ad hunter, fisherman, and dogsled racer from Nenana; Andy Rassich from the Yukon River area, and a couple named Martha and Erik Salitan from Wiseman. Agne’s two sons froma previous relationship are also local hunters featured on the series.
Since its first premiere, the series has won a total of 4 Primetime Emmy Awards, 3 for Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program in 2016, 2018 and 2019; and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program in 2017.
Why Did Chip Hailstone Go To Jail?
In 2017, Chip was incarcerated at the Anchorage Correctional Complex with a sentence of 15 months, followed by 3 years of probation. According to the reports, the charges were two counts of perjury and a count of providing false information after a reported altercation between an Alaskan trooper and Chip’s 17-year-old daughter, Tinmiaq, in 2011.
According to Chip, a few years back it had been a neighbor who had pointed a gun at his daughter after a reported fight with one of his step-sons.
The other trooper on the site argued the accusations of assault, and even though Chip filled for a restraining order, he was still charged with two counts of perjury and was imprisoned.
Even during his imprisonment, his family continued to appear on Life Below Zero and were showed having to survive without him during the entire 10th season. Agnes was the one hunting for the family during this time period.
Chip Hailstone Marriage Details
It remains unknown the specific date to Chip and Agnes’ marriage ceremony, but as of now they have five daughters and a granddaughter, along with Agnes’ two sons from a past relationship.
Despite Agnes being a local, Chip as foreigner has not yet earned the right to hunt marine animals locally.
Chip Hailstone Net Worth
Before his imprisonment, Chip’s net worth was estimated to be around $100 thousand.