Trapped by flooding
Runoff-swollen rivers pose one of the backcountry’s biggest threats. Do you know how to cross safely—and when it’s best not to cross at all?
Five hikers fight a raging river before attempting a dangerous bushwhack to safety.
Don't get swept away, use this technique.
Drowning is the #2 cause of outdoor deaths (falls are #1), so avoid wading waist-deep or too-fast rivers (a tossed, fist-size rock shouldn't move downstream before sinking), but if no choice exists:
Forget bears and lightning: The most common and dangerous backcountry hazard is a river crossing. Here's how to do it safely.
Crossing rivers can be treacherous -- unless you know what you're doing.