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Backpacker Magazine – October 2008

October 2008 Table of Contents

by: BACKPACKER Editors

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When Disaster Strikes!
Lost in a blizzard. Swept down a raging river. Struck by a falling boulder. When accidents occur, why do some make it out while others perish? We talk to survivors—and get expert analysis—to learn how five regular hikers avoided the ultimate penalty. And how you can do the same.
by Steve Howe

The Hardest Miles
In times of ultimate duress, the will to survive might be our most essential resource. To learn from men who faced such moments firsthand, our author joins the annual reenactment of World War II’s Bataan Death March, one of the most grueling hikes in history. Along the way, she talks to survivors—and discovers a few secrets for how we can all toughen up.
by Evelyn Spence

The Ultimate Survivor
Does Aron Ralston’s self-amputation beat Beck Weathers’s rise from the dead? Does Shackleton in the Antarctic trump Messner on Everest? We pick history’s true hard man.
by Bruce Barcott

Rescue Me!
Congressional candidate Gary Dodds disappeared into the New Hampshire woods on a snowy night. Or did he? A bizarre tale of a survival hoax turned all too real.
by David Howard

I Will Survive
Can television stars Bear Grylls and Les Stroud really teach you anything about staying alive in the woods? To find out, our man parks himself in front of the tube, then hikes into the wilds with only a knife.
by Steve Friedman

PLUS: AMERICA'S 10 MOST DANGEROUS HIKES
Diagnosis of Disaster

Gear

Sleeping Bags
No matter where you’re going or what the conditions, we found the perfect sack—from warm and waterproof to ultralight and ultra-cheap. Plus: an eco-friendly winter jacket, a big-and-light pack, green wool, sweet new adventure-racing gear, and a rescue ranger’s essential survival picks.

Adventures

10 Epic Hikes
From Alaskan bushwhacks to Sonoran scrambles, here are directions—and essential techniques—for 10 top backpacking destinations where scenery, solitude, and challenge work together to turn adventure up a notch. Call it the virtuous circle of epic treks.

Cold War: A Winter Traverse of New Hampshire's Presidential Range
Rocky Mountain (Extra) High: Lightning On The Colorado Trail
Hiking Hip Deep in Florida's Swamps
Highpoint Montana
Alaskan Labyrinth: Bushwacking in Denali
Bear Patrol in Glacier
Washington Paddling: Operation Orca
Mt. Adams: Solitude On Ice
Canyon Connections: Link Grand Canyon To Zion
Thru-Hike The Roadless Sierra

Nature

The Terror Index
What are the most dangerous natural hazards? Should you fear a bee more than an avalanche? We dissect the threats—and tell you how to beat them.

Skills

Life-or-Death Decisions
When a simple hike becomes a survival situation, it’s rarely one bad choice that leads to disaster. It’s a series of them. Here’s a comprehensive guide to making the right call at the right time for the three most common backcountry mishaps: getting lost, injured, and caught in a storm.

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