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Dick Proenneke: 30 Years Alone in the Alaskan Wilderness

An original survivalist, Proenneke built his home by hand and lived alone in Alaska. But he was also a legendary conservationist and documentarian. Learn more about his remarkable story.

Coconut Palm Trees Could Save Your Life on a Desert Island

Coconuts, found on islands in the Pacific, really would be an excellent food source for a castaway.

How Do You Survive Getting Lost in a Cave?

If you went cave exploring and lost your way, would you how to get out? We talked with the experts for real-world advice.

Nepal Bans Certain Climbers From Everest, But Is That Discriminatory?

The Nepalese government has banned blind people and double amputees from climbing Mount Everest, as well as all solo climbers. But will these rules really make the mountain safer for all?

Futuristic Survival Capsule Aims to Provide Shelter During Tsunamis

The spherical orange pod could be a saving grace when a storm gets too rough to escape — if you can afford it.

10 Possible Future Disasters

Catastrophe takes many forms and could occur at any moment, so sometimes dread gets the best of us. But some of our fears are justified. What disasters may really be in our future?

The Heart-breaking End of Legendary Adventurer Sir Ernest Shackleton

A pair of physicians determined that the great British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton died from a hole in his heart.

10 Things You Should Never Eat in the Wild

Not everything natural is safe — many plants and animals can sicken or even kill you if you eat them. Here are 10 of the deadliest.

Can drones be used for search and rescue?

They can be, and they already are, but there's a lot more that we could do with drones to save lives.

10 Mysterious Disappearances in National Parks

Vanished hikers. Disappearing backpackers. Missing children. Are these mysteries in the great outdoors due to accidents, mistakes and bad luck, or evidence of something more sinister?

How to Tie the Impossible Knot

How do you tie a knot if it's impossible to do so? Maybe this is a trick question.

10 People Who Survived the Impossible

The will to survive is ingrained in all of us, but some have had that will tested to the extremes. What would you do to stay alive if you were stranded in the desert or thrown overboard at sea? Find out what these 10 people did.

10 Threats You Should Never Try to Outrun

Fight and flight aren't the only possible responses to an emergency situation. Flight may actually make the problem worse. When is running a really bad idea?

10 Must-have Survival Tools You Probably Already Have

When a pandemic or disaster strikes, you may be stranded at home for a while. How will you manage? The good news is that there's already a wide range of useful survival tools right there in your kitchen or garage.

10 True Stories of Survival Cannibalism

You're stranded on a boat at sea, no substantial food or water for days, living off collected rain and already having lustily consumed the leather brim of your hat. That's when you realize there's a huge chunk of meat sitting right next to you.

How to Use a Signal Mirror

Help when you're lost at sea or in the woods could be as close your credit card, cell phone innards or anything else that can make a reflective surface and let you flash a signal. Here's how.

10 Ways a Survival Bracelet Can Save Your Life

It may not look like much, but this little piece of wrist wear is very useful in a bind. Unlike other jewelry, it can help you get dinner, stop blood or make a shelter.

How to Use the Stars to Find Your Way

Long before GPS, before radar, indeed before the compass, people used the stars in the sky to figure out their destinations. You can do it, too. Here's how.

How can a PVC pipe help you survive?

PVC pipe is not only useful in building and transporting water. It has a whole 'nother life as a tool for surviving after a natural disaster. We'll look at some of the unusual uses of PVC.

How Camping in the Desert Works

The desert is a place of extremes. And camping in such an unforgiving environment requires a good deal of preparation, and above all, a lot of respect.

How to Treat a Bat Bite

You need to treat a bat bite, but don't know how to do it. Learn about how to treat a bat bite in this article.

How to Treat a Snake Bite

If you like to camp or hike, you should know how to treat a snake bite. Read this article to learn how to treat a snake bite.

10 Disaster Survival Tips for Pets

If you live in a disaster-prone area, you probably know how to prepare your home and what to stock up on in case a hurricane or tornado strikes. But have you thought about what to do with your pet? That's a part of disaster preparedness, too.

Who pays for search and rescue operations?

When two thrill-seeking snowboarders decide to take a chance on a slope that's marked off-limits, it's the tax payers who ultimately pay for their rescue. Or, do the rule-breaking skiers foot the bill?

How the Coast Guard Foundation Works

The Coast Guard performs search and rescue duties to save people in trouble. But who helps out its members when they're in need? A nonprofit called the Coast Guard Foundation.