Wilderness Survival Skills

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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?

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Why can't we convert salt water into drinking water?

Well, we can. But why don't we do more of it? With oceans and oceans of seawater, you'd think we could make enough freshwater to never go thirsty again

Are all wild berries poisonous?

Blackberries, raspberries and cranberries are all found in the wild, but you'd better be sure you've got the right berry before you eat one off the vine. There are plenty of berries in the woods that could kill you.

5 Lifesaving Technologies

When your camping trip turns life-or-death because you've lost your way in a vast, unpopulated wilderness, you'll want to have these gadgets on your person.

5 Ways to Snare Dinner in the Wild

If you're stranded in the wild and you're not carrying a hunting rifle, your best bet for bagging dinner is probably a snare or a trap. But how do you set one up?

Are humans wired to survive?

A Japanese hiker slipped, was knocked unconscious and then survived 24 days without food or water. That's not supposed to be possible. What survival instincts fuel us through dire straits?

How to Survive in the Jungle

Toxic tree frogs, poisonous plants, malaria-carrying mosquitoes. You get the picture: The jungle is no place to get lost. How will you make it out of this lushness alive?

What is the most important survival tool in the jungle?

Machete, knife, gun, mosquito net. They would all be plenty useful in the jungle. But there's one survival tool that beats out all the rest. What is it?

What Alaskan plants and animals are the best food sources?

Does the thought of sucking down larvae trigger your gag reflex? Then you may not hack it in the wild. Insects are an excellent source of protein. Pry up a rock and you've got dinner.

What natural weapons could I find in the wilderness?

Skin a dead animal. Smash its leg bone into a blade. And use its tendons to tie that blade to a handle. Sound gruesome? That's how you'd make a knife in the wild.

Would a knife or a gun serve me better in the Alaskan wilderness?

In the wilderness, one of these weapons will help you send out a distress signal, keep warm, build a shelter and not drown. The other is relatively worthless.

How Desert Survival Works

The sun beats down and your skin burns. Your parched mouth begs for water, and you fear a sandstorm is on its way. You're stranded in the desert. How will you survive?

How can I tell if a bug is edible?

You might not look at a tarantula and think, "Yum." But if you were in a survival situation with only bugs to eat, how would you know which ones are safe?

If I kill an animal, can I eat it raw?

Let's say you're lost in the wilderness. Rather than guess which berries aren't poisonous, you take down a rabbit. If you're too famished for cooking, will eating it raw be disastrous for your health?

How to Find True North

There's north and then there's true north. Find out how stabbing a stick in the dirt to make a shadow can help you find the true north.