Survival

Be Afraid: 13 True Tales of Outdoor Terror

Who can resist a good mystery, the kind that leaves you both rattled and baffled? Certainly not us. So it's with sinister pleasure that we bring you 13 tales of unrighteous deeds,...

The 35-Piece Ultimate Survival Kit

What's the price of safety? $9,340! Whether you're bugging out, sheltering in place, or just stocking up your bunker, these tools will help you ride out any emergency in style.1....

5 Avalanche Safety Rules of the Backcountry

Using tools from psychology and advertising, avalanche researcher Ian McCammon has spent the past 20 years analyzing what he calls the psychological terrain. The upshot: more accidents are due...

Enter at Your Own Risk

Don't take on the backcountry without knowing what you're looking at when you see that grand hunk of rock and fluffy white stuff. Each mountain hosts any combination of ever-changing...

Things That Go Boom

If shovels, beacons, and probes are Avalanche Safety 101, the explosive, noisy techniques that resorts use to manage avalanches are for the expert-only classes....

The Clock Is Ticking

Heading to the backcountry responsibly means knowing how to handle the worst. Equip yourself with these three basic tools. Really make sure you learn how to use them quickly and intelligently in...

The Most Promising Safety Tool Surfacing on the Slopes

The idea is simple: as an avalanche slides, big stuff stays on top and little stuff sifts to the bottom. Airbag-equipped backpacks are primarily designed to make the wearer larger, improving the...

How Satellite Trackers Save Lives

In early May, Kevin Boniface was riding his new motorcycle in the Colorado Front Range, along an open off-road area not far from the site of infamous

What Qualifies as Dangerous Parenting?

"In six days I can’t possibly describe the range of emotions I have felt so far: anger, joy, sickness, exhaustion, exhilaration, wonder, awe, contentment, peace."...

The Kindness of Strangers

Not long after we began a year-long stint in Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, our ten-year-old daughter, Molly, began pressuring us to visit the South African town of Nelspruit, just...

When Danger Stops Being a Thrill

OUR ALREADY BAD DAY took a terrible turn when Kevin fell into the crevasse. Lucky for him, he was tethered to a blind man. Steve felt the sharp tug and...

Surviving a Flash Flood in a Slot Canyon

On July 24, 2010, a flash flood swept 39-year-old Joe Cain and two friends through Utah's Spry Canyon and over a 40-foot cliff. He lived to talk about it—barely. Here's his story, as...

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