Survival

<em>Into the Wild</em> By Jon Krakauer (1996)

It's not a traditional biography, but Krakauer's account of Chris McCandless's grand and tragic adventure has become part of America's cultural mythology. In 1990, after...

The New Rules: Cover Yourself

On the morning of November 10, 2008, New York Times reporter David Rohde set off with his fixer/translator, Tahir Ludin, to interview a Taliban commander southeast of Kabul, Afghanistan...

The New Rules: Avalanches Don&#146;t Discriminate

The prevailing wisdom goes something like this: If you ski in the backcountry, you're on your own. You should be trained in avalanche safety and carrying all the essential gear. But if you're...

The New Rules: Don&#146;t Skimp on Your S.O.S.

Captain Nelson Liu and five of the 11 crew members of the Princess Taiping were asleep on a stormy, moonless early morning in the Philippine Sea when running lights appeared onthe...

The New Rules: Don&#146;t Go Paperless

In the fall of 2008, I joined a team of six whitewater kayakers on an expedition down the Lower Congo River. The National Geographic Society, which was filming and sponsoring the descent, gave...

The New Rules: Know When to Say When

Team Calleva was exhausted. The four professional American adventure racers were trekking down a cliffside Chilean beach near Cape Froward, the southernmost point on the South American mainland....

Anatomy of a Rescue

Every year, thousands of people get lost or injured in the backcountry. This past March, while on an afternoon snowshoe in the mountains above Santa Fe, New Mexico, 52-year-old social worker...

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