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Skier Stefan Ager takes a mighty whipper off a steep slope--and captures it all on videoWho out there has hiked or skied right next to the bleeding edge of a precipice and wondered what it was like to fall off? If you haven't, you're lying. Usually we dispel those thoughts after a few seconds of stomach somersaults, but if you're still curious, skier Stefan Ager went and toppled off a cliff with his headcam on. Yikes:
One hiker falls to his death, two more struck by lightningFriday was a bit of a rough day for SAR crews in the Grand Canyon: A 42-year-old man from California fell 500 feet to his death while jumping from one outcropping to another on the South Rim Trail. As if that wasn't enough, two Korean women were struck by lightning while standing near the rim just east of the visitor center. They were luckier: Both were released from the hospital after receiving treatment. Read Full Story...
Danny Boyle's adaptation of Aron Ralston story shows glimpses of beautiful deserts, high adventure, and that famous rockDanny Boyle's adaptation of the Aron Ralston story, 127 Hours, debuted at OR, and now it's finally hit the Internets. In it, we see pretty much what you might expect: James Franco as Ralston charming his way through beautiful red sandstone country, showcasing reckless outdoor abandon, and then that whole thing with the boulder.
Brazilian officials create 31-square-mile wilderness zone around sole surviving member of uncontacted tribeLes Stroud and Bear Grylls, you've just been beaten as the ultimate survivor. Somewhere deep in the Amazon of Brazil, a man hunts in the bush and beds down in a series of palm-thatched huts, the sole remaining member of his tribe. Government officials estimate he's in his late 40s—they discovered him when logging companies threatening to destroy his area of forest began spreading rumors of a wild man in the woods. They tried to initiate contact in order to protect him—he responded by shooting an agent in the chest with an arrow. Read Full Story...
'Into The Wild' fan from Switzerland swept into Teklanika River while attempting to reach McCandless's death place14 years after the book and three years after the movie Into The Wild, wilderness maverick Christopher McCandless still inspires devotees to attempt to follow in his footsteps up the Stampede Trail to his notorious "magic bus"—the place where he wintered and starved to death. Several have needed rescue, and one died on Saturday: Claire Jane Ackermann, a 29-year-old from Switzerland, drowned while attempting to cross the Teklanika, the same river that vexed and trapped McCandless on the edges of Alaska's Denali National Park.
The popular survivalist's new Discovery show follows him as he learns survival techniques from indigenous tribesYou knew he couldn't stay away for long: A little under two years since the end of Survivorman, Canadian survival guru Les Stroud returns with a new Discovery show—Beyond Survival. This time, Les will travel the world to hang out and learn ancient survival techniques from some of the most isolated and primitive tribes in the world. Based on the trailer, the result looks, well, pretty kickass.
Minnesota hiker gets struck by lightning on Colorado's Longs Peak, spends a night on the mountain, and can't remember any of itIn case you need a reminder to get off high peaks in Colorado before noon, there's the story of Minnesota hiker Brandon Baker. The divorced father of two summitted Longs Peak by late afternoon on Wednesday when (surprise) clouds rolled in and a ferocious storm began. Baker took shelter underneath a rocky ledge with plans to wait the storm out.
17-year-old Washington boy takes a mighty spill off a seaside cliffFalling is the number-one cause of death among hikers—but if you live, it's still probably going to suck a whole lot. 17-year-old Christian Booth tumbled off of 200-foot sea cliffs while hiking near Ilwaco, WA. Miraculously, he survived by absorbing most of the impact with his arms and legs (he still broke half of his face).
Ontario woman survives by playing dead during rampage by grizzly sow and three cubsBad news, bears: A bear or bears attacked campers near Yellowstone in Cooke City, Montana in the early hours of Wednesday, killing one camper and injuring two others. The bear wandered into the Soda Butte campsite and attacked three separate tents, biting and injuring a teen and a Canadian woman on the arms and legs, and killing another solo camper. The nature of the deceased victim's wounds hasn't been revealed yet.
UPDATE: Authorities confirm the teen took a social trail to position himself for a better view near the cliffThe idea that hiking and texting don't mix seems like common sense. Unfortunately, we now have a tragic example of why: Authorities in Golden Gate National Recreation Area are reporting that a 17-year-old boy who walked off a cliff while hiking on the Coastal Trail near the Muir Beach Overlook on Monday may have been distracted by talking or texting on his cell phone. Read Full Story...