Alaska The Last Frontier’s Atz Lee offers optimistic injury update one year after terrible hiking accident

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The latest Atz Lee injury update has Alaska The Last Frontier fans breathing a heavy sigh of relief. It was almost exactly one year ago that the TLF mainstay and Discovery star suffered unexpected injuries in a hiking accident–ones so severe that his future participation with the show was even in question for a time. Atz’s wife Jane shared the official press release shortly after Atz was hospitalized, and her report was straightforward: Atz “suffered a terrible fall when hiking in Otter Cove. His injuries included a broken arm, a broken shoulder, broken ankle, a broken hip, crushed ribs and two punctured lungs.” (Atz had been hiking with a friend, who also suffered injuries; fortunately for the pair, the friend’s injuries were comparatively minor.)

But if seeing Atz’s x-rays were shocking, it was downright strange to see him bedridden:

Fortunately, it sounds like Atz has been able to return to his homesteading and backcountry ways. The most recent Atz Lee injury update came from the man himself, who took to Instagram to look back upon how dire his situation had been months before, and celebrate his good fortune in recovery:

The good vibes continued with a lovely sunset shot in celebration of Atz’s birthday:

40 yrs down, 60 to go! It's been one hell of a life?

A photo posted by Atz Lee Kilcher (@atzlee) on

And, as is often his wont, Atz further used the social media platform to try and remind fans and casual observers alike that we should all slow down and appreciate what we have during our very brief time on earth:

On a related note, if you’re an Alaska TLF fan (or a lover of the great outdoors) and you aren’t checking out Atz Lee on Instagram, do yourself a favor and follow him. Atz posts somewhat infrequently, but he shares some of the most beautiful nature photography on social media.

Alaska The Last Frontier Season 6 debuts Sunday, October 16 on Discovery.

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(Photo credits: Atz Lee injury update via Instagram)


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