Okay, so many of these skills aren't essential. And unless you have your own outdoor reality show, you may never need them. Trouble is, if you are put in a situation that requires one of these tips—from a failed parachute to being caught in whitewater rapids—there's no time to figure out a solution. And if you don't ever find yourself in one of these predicaments, the knowledge will still impress your friends.

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