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Out Alive: Underwater

By: Gary Ferguson (as told to Ali Herman)

A couple flips their canoe in class V rapids on Northern Ontario's Kopka River

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Fire Test: The Backcountry Blowtorch

By: BACKPACKER Editors

Is there any good reason to carry a blowtorch into the backcountry? We put a few common items to the test.

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