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Survive With… a Soda Can

A tossed soda or beer can is never a pretty sight in the wild -- but it could be your ticket to a much-needed meal if you find yourself stranded near a body of water. With some floss (or scavenged line), even a child can assemble a simple, usable fishing kit. It won’t hold an 80-pound tarpon, but it can reel in a fish in a survival situation.

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Fallen in a Crevasse: Last Words

Soon after falling into a crevasse and breaking his back, Ted Porter recorded what he thought were his last words. These are them.

Estimate Slope Using Trekking Poles

Avalanches are most likely on slopes pitched between 35 and 45 degrees, but eye-balling pitch is unreliable. Here's a simple way to measure the slope using gear you already have.

Survival Lab: Make a Snow Anchor

Think a snickers bar can hold your weight? Our man puts desperate-times deadmans to the test.

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How to Make a Survival Kit

Be prepared for backcountry accidents with this lightweight, DIY kit.

10 Ways to Use a Tampon

Put one in your survival kit. Here's why.

Best Survival Gifts

What to buy for the person who only wants to stay alive.

Knot Tying: Learn the Sledge Knot

Use this knot to tie logs together when making a raft.

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