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Category Archives: Exploration & Survival

Out Alive Podcast: I Was Attacked by an Alligator

Out Alive is a podcast about real people who survived the unsurvivable. Check out more seasons and episodes here. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife, there are about ten unprovoked alligator attacks on humans every year. That puts your chances of being attacked by an alligator at one in 3.2 million, It may seem that alligators […]

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A Horse Survived a 200-Foot Fall Down a Hillside on the Pacific Crest Trail

A horse named Oriana is alive and well following a harrowing rescue on the Pacific Crest Trail. OregonLive reported on the event and captured the rescue operation that ultimately saved the mare.  On Saturday, August 20, equestrians Jessica and Dirk Mandt of Beavercreek, Oregon, were walking a section of trail alongside a friend named Laura […]

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Elon Musk Is Bringing Cell Service to the Backcountry

On August 25, SpaceX and T-Mobile announced a new partnership that will bring cellphone signal to previously unserved areas. Specifically referencing use case examples like mountain climbing, river rafting, and off-shore sailing, the companies said in a press release that coverage will include the backcountry. Eventually all of it, everywhere.  “This true satellite-to-cellular service will […]

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Searchers Find the Body of a Missing Hiker in Zion National Park

A hiker who went missing during a flash flood in Zion National Park’s Narrows has been found deceased, her family said Monday. Jetal Agnihotri, 29, had gone missing last Friday in Utah’s southernmost national park. Speaking to Utah’s KUTV, her brother Pujan Agnihotri said that searchers had discovered her remains on Monday evening. In a […]

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Far More People Die from Heat Exposure than We Know. A Simple Program Might Help.

The week that Death Valley National Park rangers realized David Kelleher was missing, temperatures soared to 123 degrees Fahrenheit. On Wednesday, June 8, a ranger spotted the 67-year-old’s car in the Zabriskie Point parking lot, where sweeping views of the badlands and salt flats make it one of the most popular stops in the park, […]

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Yellowstone Employees Found a Human Foot Floating in a Hot Spring

The U.S. Park Service has launched an investigation after an employee at Yellowstone National Park discovered a shoe with a partial human foot in it floating in a hot spring, the agency said. The gruesome discovery occurred on Tuesday at the Abyss Pool, located near the West Thumb Geyser Basin on the far western shores […]

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A New Study’s Message Is Clear: Put Down the Selfie Stick

For better or for worse, social media is here to stay, and that’s as true in the outdoors as anywhere else. Most of us have a Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or TikTok account, and those platforms have come to play a central role in how outdoorsy people share their adventures with each other and the world […]

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6 Ways You Can Get Diarrhea on a Camping Trip (And How To Avoid Them)

Diarrhea may be the most common illness experienced by campers. It’s also one of the most unpleasant. Fortunately, avoiding the runs is easy, once you learn what causes it.  Problem: Contaminated Water Solution: Boiled water, chlorine dioxide tablets, a filter Water-borne pathogens include bacteria, viruses, and parasites. They’ll give you diarrhea if they get in your […]

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The 10 Most Convincing Bigfoot Sightings

For decades, people around the world have been fascinated with the legend of bigfoot, sasquatch, yeti, or whatever you choose to call it. Sightings of a furry, upright biped and reports of beastly footprints have been reported from as far afield as the Himalayas. Although no definitive proof exists, the (often questionable) reports continue adding up. Outside plunged […]

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