Outside Magazine, Nov 2013
The Secrets of Survival
5 stories by our editors about near-death experiences and how they survived.
Geologist Orrin Pilkey predicted exactly what a storm like Sandy would do to the mid-Atlantic coast and New York City. On a tour of destruction after the deluge, he and David Gessner ponder a troubling question: Why are people rebuilding, as if all this isn't going to happen again?
On the morning of June 30, all 20 members of Prescott, Arizona's Granite Mountain Hotshots headed into the mountains to protect the small town of Yarnell from an advancing blaze. Later that day, every man but one was dead. Through interviews with family, colleagues, and the lone survivor, a former hotshot pieces together their final hours—and the fatal choices
What would you do if your parachute didn’t open? If you were pinned under a waterfall or shot while kayaking the Amazon? First, you’d pray you get lucky—as these brave souls did—and second, you’d wish Survivorman Les Stroud was there to tell you what to do next.
5 Near-Death Experiences from the Adventurers Who Lived
Survive This: 3 Harrowing Tales
Saving Your Ass: Meet Your Rescuers
Know or Die: The Best Emergency Apps
Down by the Seaside With Dr. Doom
Months after Hurricane Sandy swamped the mid-Atlantic coast, David Gessner and geologist Orrin Pilkey hit the road from North Carolina to New York City, asking: Why are we rebuilding if it’s just going to happen again?
For years, Bob Shacochis nursed a fisherman’s dream: to catch a famed South American dorado. And it wouldn’t let him rest until he’d traveled to Argentina’s vast Iberá Wetlands, where he met a man even more obsessed than he was.
What went wrong on June 30 in Yarnell, Arizona, when all but one of the 20 Granite Mountain Hotshots died fighting what seemed like a routine blaze? Former hotshot Kyle Dickman pieces together the close-knit crew’s final hours—and fatal choices.
First Look: America’s best shot at Olympic downhill gold is not Lindsey Vonn or Bode Miller. It’s Ted Ligety.
Epic: A Florida woman SUPs across the Bering Strait.
Media: A new all-access documentary tells the story of Lance Armstrong’s fall in astonishing detail. Plus, The Summit re-creates K2’s deadliest day.
Rising Star: Obstacle racing’s breakout phenom Amelia Boone.
Covet: Handmade axes almost too graceful to swing.
Health: Hold that pill. Your daily multivitamin may be doing more harm than good.
Moves: How to strengthen your body’s weak links.
Tools: The best juicers, tested.
Grooming: Manscaping winter beards.
Islands: Whether you want the Caribbean on the cheap or an unexplored nation in the South Pacific, these sandy outposts offer great adventure—and no crowds.
Weekend Plan: Forget the leftovers and the endless football. This Thanksgiving, head for the woods instead.
Modern Classics: As functional as Granddad’s clothes, only better fitting.