Survival

Staying Alive: The Interview

OUTSIDE: Where exactly are you right now?GRYLLS: I'm on our houseboat on the River Thames in London. It is an old Dutch barge that my wife, Shara, and me bought...

You Go, Crusoe!

Video Special: Marooned with Thayer Walker In his 20 days on the Panamanian island of Isla...

Q & A: Alive and Well with Nando Parrado

Their friends were dead or starving. Parrado's mother and sister had died in the crash. Finally, after 61 days in the Andes, 23-year-old Nando Parrado and 19-year-old teammate Roberto Canessa...

The Long Way Home

In the first hours there was nothing, no fear or sadness, no thought or memory, just a black and perfect silence....

Aftershock

A FEW DAYS after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, I met a geologist in Waveland, Mississippi, whose parents' home had been moved hundreds of feet to the dead center of a railroad track. He...

Surf or Die

JAWS WAS A CIRCUS, spewing 60-foot waves like Neptune was on a rampage. This was last December 15, and a dozen tow-in teams were battling for position at the famous monster break, off Maui's...

Scared Sockless

THERE I WAS, STANDING BAREFOOT in a field of fire with my socks and boots in my hands, obstinately refusing to run for cover until I had put my socks on. Jim was yelling something, but the...

Let the Bad Times Roll

OVER THE YEARS, having read hundreds of adventure stories, interviewed many wilderness survivors, and experienced my own near misses with waterfalls, avalanche chutes, and venomous snakes, I've...

Narc Passage

I AM OVER SIX FEET TALL, and my first love and co-conspirator was almost seven feet tall. I mention this because, in the context of danger, size matters. In 1971 and '72, we hitchhiked through...

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