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Friday Video: Falling Off A Cliff

Skier Stefan Ager takes a mighty whipper off a steep slope--and captures it all on video

Who 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:

He stood up at the end and seems fine, but he revealed two things:

1) That took way longer than I expected, and
2) He should've ended his day at the casino.


—Ted Alvarez

via Adventure Life
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Friday, February 25, 2011 in: Survival, Weird and Funny
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Bad Day in the Grand Canyon

One hiker falls to his death, two more struck by lightning

Friday 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...
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 in: News and Events, Survival
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'127 Hours' Trailer Debuts

Danny Boyle's adaptation of Aron Ralston story shows glimpses of beautiful deserts, high adventure, and that famous rock

Danny 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.

There are a couple of surprises, though: I can't recall Ralston's busy rave career, and I sure as heck don't remember him going into Blue John Canyon with two cute girls. (Maybe that's wishful retroactive thinking on Ralston's part). Check it out: Read Full Story...
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 in: News and Events, Survival
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The Last Man On Earth

Brazilian officials create 31-square-mile wilderness zone around sole surviving member of uncontacted tribe

Les 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...
Monday, August 23, 2010 in: News and Events, Survival
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Woman Drowns in Alaska Near McCandless's Magic Bus

'Into The Wild' fan from Switzerland swept into Teklanika River while attempting to reach McCandless's death place

14 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.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010 in: News and Events, Survival
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Les Stroud Returns With 'Beyond Survival'

The popular survivalist's new Discovery show follows him as he learns survival techniques from indigenous tribes

You 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.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010 in: News and Events, Survival
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Hiker struck by lightning, forgets about it

Minnesota hiker gets struck by lightning on Colorado's Longs Peak, spends a night on the mountain, and can't remember any of it

In 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.

Bad idea: Baker woke up a whole day later, with tingling in his fingers and toes and no memory of what happened. It was only when another camper looking for him pointed out his fist-sized head wound that he realized he'd been struck by lightning. Read Full Story...
Friday, August 06, 2010 in: News and Events, Survival
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Teen Falls Off 200-Foot Cliff, Lives to Give TV Interview

17-year-old Washington boy takes a mighty spill off a seaside cliff

Falling 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).

Here he is on Portland's local news:
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Monday, August 02, 2010 in: News and Events, Survival
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Grizzly Bear Mauls Three, Kills One Near Yellowstone

Ontario woman survives by playing dead during rampage by grizzly sow and three cubs

Bad 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: Rangers believe they've caught the culprit—a mother grizzly with three cubs. Two of the three cubs have been captured as well. The 300-400-lb. female grizzly will be euthanized, and the cubs will not be released back into the wild, since rangers speculate they may have been taught predatory behavior by their mother. Current evidence points to a rare predatory attack, where the mother actually targeted campers. "She basically targeted the three people and went after them," Fish, Wildlife and Parks Warden Capt. Sam Sheppard told the Billings Gazette. Read Full Story...
Thursday, July 29, 2010 in: News and Events, Nature and Wildlife, Survival
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Teen Hiker Falls Off Muir Beach Cliff

UPDATE: Authorities confirm the teen took a social trail to position himself for a better view near the cliff

The 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...
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 in: News and Events, Survival
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