Taylor Gibler, 26, barreled towards frozen peril after stumbling on Mt. Baker in June of 2020.
Pam Bales’ solo hike in October 2010 turned into a daring rescue of a fellow hiker. But she was left with more questions than answers.
Minko Nikolov, 32, suffered a near-fatal lightning strike while scouting a bouldering objective in Rocky Mountain National Park in August 2019.
When Shaina Maytum was 21, a slip in the desert left her broken, alone, and unable to move.
Mountaineers Yevgeniy Krasnitskiy (39), Vasily Aushev (35), Constantin Toporov (37), and Rus Khasbulatov (33) survived a days-long storm on Mt. Rainier in June 2019.
In October 2018, Rob Lundgren, 66, woke from a dream to find himself in a nightmare—lost in Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
For J.P. Rose, 34, and Christina Fialho, 35, an idyllic dayhike in the Caribbean in 2017 turned into a nightmare.
When a boulder snaps his leg on a California mountain, Gregg Hein finds himself in a fight for his life.
What if you were bitten by a venomous snake far from help? For Scott Vuncannon, an encounter with a rattler in the North Carolina backcountry was the beginning of a struggle for survival.
Your chances of being attacked by a bear are around one in two million. Todd Orr was mauled by one twice in a single day. Listen to his story in the latest episode of our podcast.
A fatal accident is the beginning of a six-day-long wilderness ordeal in the second episode of BACKPACKER's Out Alive podcast.
For George Brown, 68, a morning trail run in August 2018 became more than 40 hours stranded in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness with a broken leg.
The wilderness is full of dangers. BACKPACKER's new podcast tells the stories of the people who survived them.
When her son experienced a health scare in the mountains, Lisa Jhung had to examine the unknowns of backcountry travel.
In August 2018, Spencer Christiansen, 31, and his wife Jess, 24, spent nearly two days lost in Wyoming’s Darby Ice Caves.
Dylan “Flip” Zitawi, 25, and Colton “Rook” Lulfs, 21, spent 60 hours in a snow pit near Indian Pass, Washington, when a blizzard struck in 2017.
When Eric LeMarque was rescued off California’s Mammoth Mountain in 2004, he had no way of knowing the hardship was just beginning.
How do you move on after a cougar tries to kill you? Following an attack in 2004, Anne Hjelle got back on the trail.
After a fall on Mt. Rainier in 2012, Stacy Wren Liedle found herself dealing with a different kind of injury.
Jon Carlton, then 38, survived a massive heart attack while backcountry snowboarding on 12,400-foot Esha Peak near Mammoth Lakes, California, in April 2016.
The best way to ensure survival in the wild? Learn how to live like a hunter-gatherer.
From strandings at sea to grizzly attacks, we collect our readers' favorite tales from the brink.
Shuei Kato, 37, survived wind, cold, and hallucinations for four days in the Colorado backcountry in October, 2017.
David Tamowski, 58, was alone in the New Zealand bush for 10 days in April 2015.