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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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Avalanches On The Loose

By: Jen Mattson

Early season avalanche fatalities and incidents expose the need for education, and a targeted Web site fills the gap.

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In October 2014, hundreds of trekkers were caught in a deadly blizzard on the Annapurna Circuit
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Inside Nepal’s Deadly Blizzard

By: Stephen Fabes

In October 2014, a severe blizzard struck Nepal's Annapurna Circuit during peak trekking season. Hundreds of hikers were stranded and dozens died in one of the world's worst hiking disasters. An eyewitness shares his tale.

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Survival Lab: Light ‘Em Up

By: Ted Alvarez

Wet, cold, lost, hungry: In desperate times, nothing improves your changes of survival more than a roaring blaze. We tested every fuel source under the sun to show you how to start a fire every time.

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