Skills

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Though rescue experts suggest you should stay put and wait to be found when lost, there are times when medical necessity or a faint hope of being found means you’ll want to get moving. With any luck you will...
Instead, just lean back, maximize your surface area by spreading out your limbs and slowly back crawl your way to solid ground. The latest Indiana Jones movie notwithstanding, it should never be necessary to have someone pull you out of quicksand...
So you have no potable water, no filter, and the big thirst is starting to kick in. Drinking untreated water may give rise to more problems than you already have, but you can distill your own pure water with only...
The first rule when you dump and swim in rapids is to get upstream of your canoe or kayak, so you can’t be caught or crushed if the boat pins against a rock. The next rule is to...
Falling without a parachute might seem like a hopeless situation, but there are documented cases of people surviving falls of many thousands of feet. Remind yourself that during the time it takes to fall to the ground you will have...
Learn how to adjust your stride for trail running Ryan Ervin, a former Canadian mountain running team member, says that a steady cadence leads to better performance. That’s because the contraction of leg muscles helps move blood around the lower body...
Learn from the best with these top three pieces of advice:Going long: Renowned ultra-distance runner Ray Zahab says that besides logging a lot of training miles, the most important thing to do in preparation for a longer race is to...
Tips on how you can put more energy into peddling. When things get tense on the road—you’re tired, the conditions are tricky, the race intensifies—the body tends to get tense too. Your upper body locks up and that just makes...
Alex Wrubleski rules the climbs. Here’s how she does it: 1. Always climb with your hands on your hoods (the horn between your handlebars and brakes). That puts you in the best position to relax, but keeps you at the ready. 2.
Rip currents are the ocean’s way of reclaiming the water that gets pushed up against a beach by crashing waves. The water moves sideways along the beach until it finds an escape route—a current of like-minded water travelling back out...
You’ll see smoke from miles away, but your first clue that a forest fire is nearby is falling ash. When you see that, evasive action is required.Fire travels uphill and downwind fastest, so pick a route with this in mind...
Once you get higher than 8,000 feet, the human body can start to have a hard time dealing with the lack of oxygen. And the higher you go, the greater the risk that you might experience two of the most...
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