You’re walking along on a nice hiking trail when, bam, trouble happens. The fact is you never know when things may take a turn for the worse—and it could happen in a matter of seconds. So what can you do? Well, you could adopt the it-won’t-happen-to-me mindset and hope for the best. Or you could prepare yourself in advance for any wilderness threat by boning some basic backcountry safety skills. Learn how to survive using a few techniques, a little luck, and that big old brain of yours. You could never prepare for every single wilderness threat you might encounter—that’s impossible—but you can train your brain to respond to certain kinds of situations. Trust the knowledge and the skills to keep you going—no matter what comes your way.