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Survival: First Aid Stories

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Survival Lab: Breaking Bad

Sticks and stones can break your bones, and in the backcountry, they often do. Knowing how to stabilize and protect a break or sprain can help reduce pain and further injury until help arrives.

Survival A to Z: Tourniquet

Thought this technique was obsolete? Wrong. Dr. Peter Taillac, clinical professor at the University of Utah, offers a step-by-step guide on how—and when—to use a tourniquet to treat gushing backcountry wounds.

Survival A to Z: Injuries

Most backcountry wounds simply leave you vulnerable to the elements. These few are serious enough to kill in their own right.

Treat Deep Wounds

Miles from the trailhead, your hiking partner springs a gusher after taking a fall on an iffy scramble. Here's what to do.

Troubleshoot This: Snowblind

Caught out on a bright day without your glasses? Things could turn ugly if you lose your vision. Learn to prevent and treat a sunburned eye.

Troubleshoot This: Burned by Boiling Water

Escape Plan: Warm a Hypothermia Victim

Treat severe hypothermia with this life saving technique.

True Tales: Can't Breathe at High Altitude

A scape of pulmonary edema sends this reader down the mountain, fast.

Survival: Prevent Blisters and Frostbite

Prevent these two painful toe problems.

Survival: Improvise a Splint and Treat Burns

Two skills to take with you to the backcountry

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