Do you recommend making your own survival kit or in purchasing a commercially made kit? Tmy Boise, Idaho

I went to a school and was promised I would be able to track a mouse across a cement floor after a week. I couldn't. Is it possible to get that good, that fast?

I'm going on a yurt-to-yurt ski/snowshoe trip in the Porcupine Mountains of Northern Michigan in March. What do I need to take with me? Jeanne Bergstrom Rockford, Illinois

Are there beaches in Northern California that are virtually shark-free? I would love to learn to surf but do not want to run into a shark! Wannabe Surfer San Francisco, California

If I go off the beaten path at a ski resort and get lost, what should I do? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

What survival gear should I pack in my car? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

What is the best way to get water if I'm lost in the desert? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

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