Survival

Extreme Survival: Cannibalism

THE SITUATION: You're shipwrecked on a desert island, without any food or the equipment and energy to gather it. You were with a friend, but he/she just died. If you don't find...

Extreme Survival: Zombie Apocalypse

THE SITUATION: There is one certainty in life: at some point in the near future you will either become a zombie or you will have to fend off a horde of flesh-hungry ghouls that...

The Most Dangerous Games

Why do we seek out the gnarliest singletrack, the murkiest whitewater, and the steepest ski runs? Why don't we just sit on the beach and watch the waves roll in rather than surf them? It's...

The Most Dangerous Trips: Climbing Denali

Denali is deceptively short for a man-eater. At 20,320 feet, it's a fraction of the height of peaks like Everest or K2. But Denali’s 18,000-foot vertical rise from its base plateau makes...

The Most Dangerous Trips: Biking Porcupine Rim

Porcupine Rim is second only to Slickrock as the most popular bike trail in Moab, Utah. But just because it’s in the Disneyland of trail riding doesn’t mean anyone is watching over...

The Most Dangerous Trips: Hiking Long's Peak

Wake up before sunrise on a summer morning in Estes Park, Colorado, and the most abundant wildlife you’ll see is bleary-eyed hikers heading off to the trailhead for the Keyhole Route up 14...

The Most Dangerous Trips: Skiing Delirium Dive

When it comes to skiing deaths, the Grim Reaper spreads the pain equitably across U.S. ski resorts and backcountry slopes. According the Ski Industries Association, roughly 40 people per year...

The Most Dangerous Trips: Surfing Pipeline

Pipeline at Banzai Beach on Oahu’s North Shore is the world’s most iconic surf break, and a strong contender for most dangerous. The wave, which averages eight to nine feet but can...

Feasting in the Forest

One late summer morning in the forest above Lake Tahoe, with the sun blazing and the traffic rushing by on U.S. Highway 50, I find myself crunching through dry pine-needle duff looking for wild...

Survival Case Studies: Falling Through Ice

The guys in the bait shop said the ice was solid, a good seven to eight inches—plenty to support a snowmobile—all the way out past an underwater hump called...

Survival Case Studies: Alone on the Water

The most terrifying thing about sharks is how silent their approach is. It was 1 a.m., and for 40 hours I’d been stranded on my kiteboard in the Red Sea, waiting...

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