Close Call of the Week: Cornice Collapses Over 900-Foot Drop
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by Emma Veidt
2w ago
          View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Naroyama | Road to Everest (@naro_yama) One training climb along the Étale ridge of the French Prealps became “a mountaineer’s nightmare” when a cornice collapsed mere inches from Naël Fontaine and Roman Geyer. Beautiful but dangerous, cornices are piles of hardened snow shaped by wind and often hang off the edge of mountains. They form when wind drifts snow onto the downwind side of features such as ridgelines or precip ..read more
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What Survival Skills Should I Teach My 5 Year Old?
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by Emma Veidt
3w ago
When young explorers hit the trail with their joyful curiosity, parents are prepared for the occasional skinned knee or “carry me!” demand, but perhaps not the worst-case scenario. Even if the hike is short or familiar or seemingly straightforward, things could go awry in an instant despite our best efforts. There’s good news, though: Even very young children can learn to stay safe by following a few simple rules. “Talking children through a plan in a simulated discussion will help them stay calm if they are ever separated [from the group while hiking],” says Chris Boyer, executive director a ..read more
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How a Military Survival Instructor Packs for Emergencies
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by zgates
1M ago
In her monthly column, The Survivalist, Jessie Krebs writes about staying alive in dangerous backcountry scenarios. Krebs is a former Air Force S.E.R.E (survival, evasion, resistance, and escape) instructor and owner of O.W.L.S. Skills. A fair number of folks buy a survival kit, maybe rifle through it a bit, then zip it up and throw it in the wheel well of the car or carry it in their backpack, figuring they’ll break it out if needed. But in a real emergency, this can be a problem. Often, kits are sold as a “one-size-fits-all,” or marketed for a specific activity like trai ..read more
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Ask a Thru-Hiker: How Do I Get Water in the Desert?
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by Adam Roy
1M ago
Do you dream about hitting the trail for a long—really long—hike? In Ask a Thru-Hiker, record-setting long-distance hiker Liz “Snorkel” Thomas answers your burning questions about how to do it. Dear Snorkel, Desert routes such as the Arizona Trail (AZT) and parts of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and Continental Divide Trail (CDT) often have long stretches between natural water sources, which make it impractical to carry enough to drink or cook. I know that many hikers use water caches. What do I need to know about caching water, and can I just leave my empty bottles?  Water-Wise Dea ..read more
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Knowing How to Rescue Your Dog From Animal Traps Could Save His Life—Here’s How
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by Adam Roy
1M ago
On January 3, Annee Price set out for a hike from the Clark Ranch trailhead near Park City, Utah, with her dog, a border collie named Freyja, when something in the bushes caught the canine’s eye.  As the Park Record of Park City reported, the dog wandered off the path to investigate it, then suddenly disappeared into the bushes. Freyja had stepped into an unmarked leghold trap which had clamped closed onto her back paw. Price was stuck nearly a mile from her car, trying to figure out how to remove the device’s metal jaws from her injured pet. After struggling with the trap for about 20 m ..read more
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The 6 Biggest Bear Stories Backpacker Published in 2023
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by Adam Roy
2M ago
We’ll never get tired of talking about bears. Why would we? The super-size predators are among the most breathtaking—and nerve-wracking—megafauna in North America. For better or for worse, everyone who backpacks long enough and widely enough eventually has a story about an encounter with one. This year, we wrote about a burglar bear who tore apart homes across Lake Tahoe in search of snacks before the law caught up with her, the decline of a popular bear safety method, and the legacy of what’s probably the most famous fatal bear attack in the history of the world. Read on for our six most-rea ..read more
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Caught Out With No Tent? A Survivalist Shares Her Best Shelter Tips
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by zgates
2M ago
In her monthly column, The Survivalist, Jessie Krebs writes about staying alive in dangerous backcountry scenarios. Krebs is a former Air Force S.E.R.E (survival, evasion, resistance, and escape) instructor and owner of O.W.L.S. Skills. Usually the first thing I do when I arrive at a new campsite is put up a shelter. After clothing, shelter is our best line of defense from the elements. There are several reasons you should build a shelter before starting a fire. First off, imagine starting a fire in nasty weather, with rain pouring down, snow falling thickly, and wind so s ..read more
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A Rescue Gone Wrong
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by lalbanese
2M ago
Out Alive is a podcast about real people who survived the unsurvivable. Check out more seasons and episodes here.   In 1982, Mountain Rescue Service volunteer Joe Lentini’s life took a profound turn during a daring rescue mission gone wrong. Decades later, the impact of that fateful day continues to echo, not just in Joe’s life, but in the lives of everyone involved. If you want to learn more about one of the climbers lost on Mt. Washinton, Dr. Hugh Herr, and how this event became the impetus for his pioneering career in biomechanics, click here. Transcript Coming soon. The post A ..read more
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The Toll of SAR
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by lalbanese
2M ago
Out Alive is a podcast about real people who survived the unsurvivable. Check out more seasons and episodes here. While every SAR unit faces different circumstances based on terrain, weather, and how they work with their local law enforcement, it’s the unseen obstacles like time away from family, paperwork, and the emotional toll that underpin SAR operations across the country. Go behind the scenes with SAR workers to truly understand what it takes to answer the call when we’re in trouble.  In this episode, you’ll get an inside look at volunteers from Mountain Rescue Service, Summi ..read more
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Vertical Peril
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by lalbanese
2M ago
Out Alive is a podcast about real people who survived the unsurvivable. Check out more seasons and episodes here. In the world of backcountry search and rescue, some environments require proficiency beyond the standard tactics. Yosemite Valley, where rock climbers come to test their mettle against the park’s towering granite walls, is one of those places. For many search and rescue workers, operating in Yosemite is a career-long goal. It’s because the men and women who make up YoSAR are superstars of technical rescues, and for those who require their help, that’s an awfully good thing ..read more
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