Survival

Catch Me If You Can

A BALL OF FIRE with twinkling blue eyes, Robert Arthur Wood Jr. is a four-foot-six, 70-pound eight-year-old who loves to swing. His doting grandmother, Norma Jean Williams,...

Survival Case Studies

Sometimes, having a little fun in mother nature can turn deadly. But if you're quick to react appropriately (or luck is on your side) you can beat the odds. These four did. Here are their...

Boom Times

BEING PREPARED is just the sensible thing to do, Scott Hunt tells me. Power outage? Superstorm? Nuclear attack? He’ll be ready. That’s why he has a pickup truck...

Head Injuries

Until recently, the standard method for estimating the severity of a head injury, which is surprisingly common in the outdoors—think mountain biking and climbing—has been the Glasgow...

How to Escape an Attacking...

a. Baboon: Notoriously fast and wily, baboons sometimes assault people, have snatched crying babies, and can open car doors. TROUBLE: If you're standing between...

How to Survive a Bar Fight

Anyone who's been in a real rumble will tell you it's a far more brutal affair than your choreographed fantasies of kicking ass like Patrick Swayze in

How to Abandon Ship

As the boat sags back on its haunches like an old horse, don't go below. It's your honeymoon, sure, and everything you own in this world is aboard, but you can buy new wedding bands,...

Grizzly Attack

On July 23, 2011, Josh Berg and six teenagers were hiking in Alaska’s Talkeetna Mountains, a remote section of wilderness south of Denali National Park, on...

Tourist Trap

In early September, a 64-year-old North Carolina man named Amos Wayne Richards hiked into Utah’s Lower Blue John Canyon. As Richards descended to the canyon floor, he slipped and fell ten...

Panic Button

Katalina Jimenez was cold. So cold that her fingers were sluggish. So cold that she couldn’t stop crying.Until now, her strategy for hiking the Pacific Crest Trail had been simple...

The Apocalypse Handbook

It's the end of the world as we know it. Not really, but given the recent surge in natural disasters, it sure seems that way. Here's how to deal with ten deadly scenarios. Plus:...

The Aftermath

In November 2002, Michelle “Micki” Glenn was snorkeling off French Cay, about 160 miles northeast of Cuba, when she noticed a seven-foot female reef shark just beneath her fins. It...

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