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Survival: Natural Hazards Stories

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10 Wildflowers That Can Kill You

Here are 10 poisonous and otherwise hazardous flowers to watch out for on the trail. By Kim Phillips

Hiker Stranded on Rock Face for Two Days

He climbed 300 feet up a rock wall, but couldn't descend.

Man Swept Into Yosemite Falls

The 22-year-old was carried several hundred feet down Middle Cascade before being rescued.

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.

Troubleshoot This: Crossing a Snowfield Without Gear

A white, sloping expanse lies between you and salvation. The only problem: You don't have an ice axe or crampons. Here's what to do.

Survival A to Z: Zapped

Lightning injuries and deaths by the numbers

Survival A to Z: Water

For something so critical to life, water poses a major threat when we have too much or too little of the stuff. Here's a breakdown of what happens to the body when we can't get out of the water—and when we can't get enough.

Survival A to Z: Sunstroke

Only 6 degrees of body temperature separate feeling good and feeling like you’re melting. Heat is responsible for more deaths than all other outdoor hazards combined—this past summer, three hikers in Utah succumbed to heatstroke within a few weeks. Learn how your body responds to high temps and what you can do to cool down.

Survival A to Z: Quicksand

Don't get stuck in the muck: Here's how to escape a sticky situation.

Survival A to Z: Escape

Just run! 5 life-or-death scenarios when flight trumps fight.

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