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The Man vs. Wild star has faced every backcountry disaster under the sun. And moon. He learned the hard way so you wouldn’t have to. Just heed his top lifesaving tips and tactics for every hazard.
Bear Attack: Q&A with Bear Grylls
Bear dishes about narrow escapes, icky meals, and
his life goals.
Hair-raising tales of wilderness terror that will haunt your backcountry dreams.
Cold by Bruce Barcott
Entwined by Dennis Lewon
Man Down by Annette McGivney
Blindsided by Steve Friedman
Breathless by Rachel Zurer
When an Air Force crew goes down behind enemy lines, evading capture is priority #1. But finding food, water, and shelter follow closely. Brian Mockenhaupt goes inside the top-secret training school that prepares soldiers for the worst-case scenario.
Saved by a Sock
No survival kit? No problem. You already have plenty of common items in your pack that can multitask as lifesaving tools. Your socks? Use them as crampons, dew-soaking sponges, water filters, and more.
Profiles in (Dis)courage
Seeing is believing: Here’s photographic proof of nature’s power to hurt—and hikers’ ability to heal. Meet four survivors who lived through horrific accidents and returned to the wilderness against all odds. By Jason Stevenson
Danelle Ballengee, fell 60 feet off a cliff while trail-running, shattering her pelvis.
Justin Harris, broke his leg and survived two days after a fall, canyoneering in Utah.
Melissa McQueen, was trapped overnight on a fourteener and lost eight toes to frostbite.
Brenna Fisch, fell and broke her skull while hiking.
Die Another Day
The surest way to get in trouble in the backcountry? Keep going forward when you should really be going back. One stubborn mountaineer examines the fine line between triumph and tragedy. By Mark Jenkins
Our favorite high-risk, high-reward adventures in North America.
Weather: Wind, heat, whiteouts, storm surges, lightning, & twisters.
Gravity: Poor footing, knife edges, overhangs, rockfalls, & sheer faces.
Terrain: Flash floods, snowfields, glaciers, steep snow, narrow ledges, & mud.
Wildlife: Grizzlies, snakes, scorpions, moose, boars, & ticks.
You: Summer fever, route planning, fading trails, outdated maps, impatience, & being unprepared for the unexpected.