Learn what to put in a bear canister–and where to hide it–to keep your meals safe.
How to improvise a flotation device using your pants.
Learn how to deal with a black bear or grizzly encounter with Shannon Davis and Ted the Bear.
...by watching our many mistakes. Assistant editor Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan plays guinea pig.
When things go sideways around one of nature's biggest, strongest predators, a canister of bear spray can be your best friend.
Prevent the deep chill by learning how to spot and treat hypothermia in the backcountry.
Backpacker's survivalist everyman, Drop Dead Ted, explains how to aim and signal for help with a reflective mirror.
Whether you're solo or with a group, the BACKPACKER editors show you how to safely cross a raging river–no bridge necessary.