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Introduction to Harrowing Survival Stories
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Hundreds of people find themselves in survival predicaments each year. What would you do? See pictures of national parks.

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It's late October and you and your neighbor are amazed by the unseasonably good weather. To enjoy the day, you decide to go on a hike. You figure you'll be gone on a short trek, so you pack light -- bringing only a few bottles of water, some trail mix and your cell phone.

The scenery and weather are so great that you lose track of time and before you know it, the sun starts to set.  Moments later, disaster strikes. You tumble down a steep hill and break your leg. At 240 pounds (10­9 kilograms), there's no way your petite, 115-pound (52-kilogram) neighbor can haul you out. You're almost out of water, you've eaten your food and your cell phone isn't getting a signal.

Hundreds of people find themselves in similar predicaments each year. What would you do? In this article, we'll take a look at several amazing stories of survival.

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