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Category Archives: Survival

Q&A: The First Woman to Win ‘Alone’ Endured a Wet and Icy Hell

In late July, producers of The History Channel’s hit survival/reality show Alone debuted a spinoff series that promised to be an even greater test of grit and wilderness skill than the original format. Called Alone: Frozen, the series handpicked six previous contestants and then dropped them onto a barren stretch of Labrador, Canada’s remote Atlantic […]

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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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Chris Bertish Fought Through Raucous Waves and a Head Injury on His Historic Trans-Pacific Trek

In mid-July, a massive southerly swell pounded Hawaii with once-in-a-decade waves that prompted some surfers to label it the best of all time. Aboard his custom-built survival craft, surfer and ocean adventurer Chris Bertish got an up-close view of the heaving ocean.  Bertish was in the final stretch of his Trans-Pacific Wing Project, a historic […]

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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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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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What Should Happen to Drivers Who Kill Cyclists?

On April 16, 2016, Danielle Davis stepped off an overnight flight from San Diego to New York City with her mother, Lana. The morning before, Danielle’s older sister, Lauren, had been killed by a driver while riding her bike to her job at the Pratt Institute, an art and design school in Brooklyn. She had […]

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A Rock Climber Is Lucky to be Alive After Falling 80 Feet on Half Dome

A 21-year-old rock climber from New Zealand is recovering from a terrifying 80-foot fall on Yosemite’s Half Dome. Anna Parsons was climbing the classic route Snake Dike on August 1 when she slipped and fell down the rock face. She broke nearly every major bone in her body, including her spine and pelvis. The damage to […]

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Q&A: ‘Alone’ Winner Juan Pablo Quinoñez Said He Wouldn’t Quit. And He Didn’t.

Last week, the thrilling finale of Alone’s ninth season gave us plenty to chew on. Atop the list was the impressive resilience of Juan Pablo Quinoñez, who survived 78 days in the wild and took home the overall title and the $500,000 prize purse. Quinoñez drank water straight from the river and built an impressive […]

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The ‘Alone’ Finale Left Us Feeling Heartbroken

Amidst all of my talk of beaver hunting, yurt construction, and teary-eyed moments of wilderness catharsis, I sometimes forget that Alone is, indeed, a competition. And, similar to a football game or a roller derby match, the outcome of Alone can occasionally feel devastating, akin to seeing your team lose in overtime on a last-second score. […]

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‘Keep Breathing’ or ‘Alone:’ Which Survival Show Is More Entertaining?

My partner and I binged every season of the History Channel’s reality TV show Alone during the early days of the pandemic and have kept up with new seasons as they’ve dropped. We devoured Alone on weekends. We ate countless dinners in front of Alone. I even did some crunches and push-ups while Alone played in […]

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