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Survival: Natural Hazards Stories

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Danger Zones/Escape Plans: Gravity

A hiker's worst enemy is the earth's downward pull. Here's how to prevent falls, and survive rockslides and avalanches.

Survival: Fall Zones

Watch your step. Trips and tumbles are the number one cause of backcountry deaths.

Survival: Lightning Myths: Busted

Knowing fact from fiction can help you avoid—and survive—a 54,000℉ strike.

Survive Coastal Dangers

Waves, currents, and tides threaten thousands of miles of American trails (any within a quarter of a mile of a waterway), and hikers can get caught in the barrage. Headland-sculpting, beach-pounding waves can swallow an unwary trekker without so much as a burp. Learn how to recognize, negotiate, and avoid nearshore hazards

Escape Plan: Get High and Avoid Quicksand

Strategies for staying alive in flash floods and quicksand.

True Tales: Struck by Lightning

Bad decisions and running scared got this reader struck by lightning--but he survived.

True Tales: Flipped, Soaked, and Freezing

Two readers shiver for their lives through a cold, Alaskan summer night.

Survival: Don't Always Trust a Topo Map

Look around, not just at your map.

Survival: Cross a River

Don't get swept away, use this technique.

Survival: Predict a Flash Flood

Stay alert in canyon country.

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