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Outdoor Skills + Advice: Six Steps to Steer Clear of Lightning Strikes

By Contributing Writer Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin, faculty member and Diversity & Inclusion Manager at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and NOLS Research Intern Kate Herden Aaah, summer! The sweet smell of wildflowers, rain-soaked earth, and . . . ozone? Yes, the stormy months have arrived and in this year of apocalyptic flooding, best prepare yourself…

Everest 2011: Edurne Pasaban’s Report on the Dramatic Rescue of Friends on Lhotse

By Edurne Pasaban; photograph by Bradley Stulberg, My Shot; inset by Joshua Brown Editor's Note: In May, Edurne Pasaban, our 2011 People's Choice Adventurer of the Year, returned to Everest in an attempt to climb it for the second time, this time without supplemental oxygen. If successful, she would have become the first woman to…

Survival Guide: Signs of a Tsunami, a National Geographic Expert Weighs In

Photograph of Beverly Goodman by Howie Goodman Editor's Note: In light of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan and possible future events along the Pacific Coasts, we're sharing some recently published tips from Adventure on how to survive a tsunami. Read more tips in our Survival Guide. *** How to Survive a TsunamiBy Damon…

127 Hours: Director Danny Boyle Says You’d Cut Your Hand Off, Too (Interview)

By Mary Anne Potts; Photographs by Chuck Zlotnick, Fox Searchlight For his new film, 127 Hours, British director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) takes on the story of Aron Ralston, the then-27-year-old hiker who, in 2003, was canyoneering in Utah’s remote Blue John Canyon when his hand became pinned under an 800-pound boulder. He had…

Deep Survival with Laurence Gonzales
$earch + Rescue: Should Victims Pay?

Most backcountry searches don’t cost the victim a dime. Let’s keep it that way. On April 25, 2009, Scott Mason set out to hike the Presidential Range in New Hampshire on a popular, 17-mile route that crosses several peaks, including Mount Washington. Mason had decided to do it in one day. With his training and…

Aron Ralston’s Survival Story Heading to the Big Screen

Danny Boyle, the Oscar winning director of Slumdog Millionaire just announced his next project: a mountaineer epic about the Colorado-based climber Aron Ralston, according to Variety. Ralston, of course, is best known for cutting off his right hand after an 800-pound boulder fell on it while hiking Utah's Bluejohn Canyon in 2003. The movie, called…

Alone in the Wild – Live Chat with Ed

Tune in to the National Geographic Channel tonight for the final episode of Alone in the Wild, the survival show that documents Scottish filmmaker Ed Wardle's 50 days of solitude in Canada's Yukon wilderness. While you're at it, get out your computer and chat with Ed himself.  As he did the last two episodes, Ed…

Deep Survival: How to Build a Fire

After a million-plus years of tinkering, we’ve finally found a foolproof way to make fire. (Just ın time for winter.) Text by Contributing Editor Laurence Gonzales, author of the books Everyday Survival and Deep Survival No one knows exactly when humans first mastered fire, but there’s evidence that it was more than a million years ago. In the 1960s the paleoanthropologist F.…

Deep Survival: Most Airplane Accidents Are Survivable – Here’s How

This year, 500* people have died in airline accidents. Here’s how to avoid being the next.  Text by Contributing Editor Laurence Gonzales, author of the books Everyday Survival and Deep Survival; Illustration by William Duke Flying is a daring undertaking: Whether you realize it or not, you’re putting yourself in a Coke can full of explosive fuel going nearly three-quarters…

Still Wild, But Not So Alone

We’ve just learned that Ed Wardle, who we’ve been closely following on the National Geographic Channel’s Alone in the Wild survival show, was recently airlifted out of Canada’s Yukon wilderness. The Scottish filmmaker, who survived 50 days of solitude and rugged living, realized that he was slowly starving to death. “My heart rate had dropped…