Learn how to deal with a black bear or grizzly encounter with Shannon Davis and Ted the Bear.
How to responsibly store, equip, release, and dispose of bear spray.
...by watching our many mistakes. Assistant editor Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan plays guinea pig.
Prevent the deep chill by learning how to spot and treat hypothermia in the backcountry.
Whether you're solo or with a group, the BACKPACKER editors show you how to safely cross a raging river–no bridge necessary.
Associate photo editor Genny Fullerton shows you how to use a histogram on your DSLR.
How to improvise a flotation device using your pants.
Backpacker's survivalist everyman, Drop Dead Ted, explains how to aim and signal for help with a reflective mirror.