Skills

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Jenny Trew’s strengths are sprints and criteriums, not climbing hills. To compensate, she sometimes tricks the pack into helping her climb more slowly with a seemingly counterintuitive attack at the hill’s base. By starting a hill at the front of...
Each year, more than 1,000 people around the world are killed by lightning strikes. But what most don’t realize is that you don’t need to be directly under a storm to be in danger. Lightning bolts can extend for 16 kilometres...
You can last a surprisingly long time out there without eating, especially if you’re in good shape, but at some point you’ll need food. Given the dangers of eating unknown plants, fish may prove to be the most reliable meal.
As Erin McCloskey details in the recently published Bear Attacks in Canada, defending yourself against an attack depends on what species of bear is doing the attacking. But some basic principles do apply to encounters with all three North American...
Canada may not have a lot of rattlesnakes, but we do have some—the eastern massasauga in Ontario and the western rattler in Alberta and B.C. And while a rattlesnake’s bite is rarely fatal, it can deliver a dangerous dose of...
Most kayakers have probably heard solemn advice about what to do if caught in a hole—a recirculating hydraulic. The water just keeps spinning around and around on the top of the hole, the theory goes, so to escape you need...
Anytime you burn fuel in an enclosed space, you need to be conscious of the dangers of carbon monoxide. This gas is difficult to detect—it’s odourless and colourless—and the symptoms of exposure are similarly hard to identify, since they’re so...
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...
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