Survival Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Survival Basics
covers basic survival and outdoor skills

Climate & Terrain
recognize and overcome the hazards of specific climates and terrains, ranging from rivers to mountains to deserts

Navigation
basic navigation skills including map and compass, global positioning system usage, and route-finding in the outdoors

Rescue Skills & Techniques
knots and rigging, signaling methods (attracting help from airplanes or others), making a helicopter or small plane landing zone, carrying out an injured person

How to Survive Extreme Heat
Know how to protect yourself in a hot environment by planning ahead, protecting your resources, and choosing the correct gear.

How to Survive an Avalanche - Important Tips
If you’re the victim in an avalanche, do these things to increase your chance of survival.

Survive a Fall Through Thin Ice
Know how to avoid dangerous ice-covered bodies of water and how to survive this challenging terrain hazard.

Make an Emergency Survival Fishing Kit
Create a small emergency fishing kit to help you catch fish for food in a survival situation.

Rescue Signaling: Know the Ground-to-Air Emergency Code
Communicate with airborne rescuers in a survival situation using the five-symbol ground-to-air emergency code.

Using the Sun and Shadows to Find Direction
If you’re lost without a compass, create a shadow stick solar compass as an additional tool to determine direction of travel.

Gather Materials and Choose a Location
If you’re lost without a compass, create a shadow stick solar compass as an additional tool to determine direction of travel.

Place the Stick and Mark the Shadow
If you’re lost without a compass, create a shadow stick solar compass as an additional tool to determine direction of travel.

Wait and Make a Second Mark
If you’re lost without a compass, create a shadow stick solar compass as an additional tool to determine direction of travel.

Determine the East-West Line
If you’re lost without a compass, create a shadow stick solar compass as an additional tool to determine direction of travel.

Determine North and South
If you’re lost without a compass, create a shadow stick solar compass as an additional tool to determine direction of travel.

how to self-arrest with an ice axe
These step-by-step descriptions and photos demonstrate how to stop yourself from sliding down a snow-covered slope.

How to Self-Arrest With an Ice Axe
These step-by-step descriptions and photos demonstrate how to stop yourself from sliding down a snow-covered slope.

how to self-arrest with an ice axe
These step-by-step descriptions and photos demonstrate how to stop yourself from sliding down a snow-covered slope.

how to self-arrest with an ice axe
These step-by-step descriptions and photos demonstrate how to stop yourself from sliding down a snow-covered slope.

how to self-arrest with an ice axe
These step-by-step descriptions and photos demonstrate how to stop yourself from sliding down a snow-covered slope.

how to self-arrest with an ice axe
These step-by-step descriptions and photos demonstrate how to stop yourself from sliding down a snow-covered slope.

how to self-arrest with an ice axe
These step-by-step descriptions and photos demonstrate how to stop yourself from sliding down a snow-covered slope.

how to self-arrest with an ice axe
These step-by-step descriptions and photos demonstrate how to stop yourself from sliding down a snow-covered slope.

How to Make an Improvised Splint
Know what resources you can use to make an improvised splint in a wilderness setting when you or another member of your group gets injured.

Winter Survival Camps and Courses
Want to boost your winter survival skills? Check out the learning opportunities at these camps and courses.

How to Survive a Quicksand Encounter
Use these tips in order to understand quicksand danger and to survive this unique terrain hazard.

Survivors Q&A
interviews with real-life survivors, highlighting what enabled them to survive

Wilderness First Aid
basic medical care, including prevention, treatment, and ongoing medical care

Camping & Food
skills for constructing survival camping and shelters, gathering food and water, cooking, and leave no trace principles

Blog


How to Survive an Aggressive Cow Attack
In order to keep from being gored, trampled, or kicked by cows, here are a few things you can do to survive an encounter with an aggressive cow.

Several Survival Uses for Pine Trees
Pine trees have several survival uses including an edible bark, sticky sap, and needles that can make a vitamin-rich tea or bedding for a makeshift shelter.

Snow Blindness: Prevention, Symptoms, and Treatment
Prevent, recognize, and treat snow blindness, a painful eye condition, with these important survival tips.

How to Survive a Baboon Encounter - Hiking and Travel
If you encounter baboons on a hiking outing while traveling, know how to protect yourself and proceed safely.

How to Use the iPhone Compass
Know how to use the iPhone’s compass app to help you determine direction in a survival situation.

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Survival Scenarios
real-life survival scenarios, highlighting steps that enabled people to survive

Survival Skills Resources
links and profiles of survival schools, key texts, outdoor survival education opportunities, and more

Daytime Tips - Finding North in the Northern Hemisphere
Figuring out which way is north can help you find your way through unknown terrain. Here are a few tips for finding north during the daytime in the Northern Hemisphere.

How to Make Your Own Survival Snowshoes
Make improvised snowshoes out of pine branches when the snow gets too deep for hiking boots alone.

Using the Moon for Nighttime Navigation
If you’re lost at night, use the moon to help you determine a general sense of direction.

Clothing to Wear for Cold-Weather Survival
Survive cold weather by knowing what to wear in order to retain vital heat and prevent cold-weather injuries.

How to Signal for a Wilderness Rescue
If you’re in a wilderness survival situation, and you need to be rescued, use these accepted rescue signals to attract rescuers to your location.

Survive High Altitudes: How to Acclimatize
Adjust to high altitudes by knowing how to promote the acclimatization process.

Three Ways to Purify Water in the Backcountry
Water is a basic element of human survival, but it often needs to be purified before you can drink it in the outdoors. Here are three ways to purify water in the backcountry.

How to Survive a Porcupine Encounter
Know what to do next time you encounter a porcupine in the wild to avoid a prickly and painful result.

How to Build a Snow Cave
Knowing how to build a snow cave can be a life-saving skill if you’re stuck outside in a snowstorm.

Cold-Weather Survival Snacks: Lightweight but Loaded
Fill your pockets with these snacks so that the cold weather doesn’t slow you down.

How to Build a Snow Trench
A snow trench is one of the easiest emergency shelters to construct in a winter survival situation.

How to Find and Purify Water in the Winter
Know how to find water in the winter and how to melt snow for water since snow is an abundant winter water resource.

How to Make Improvised Floatation Devices
Know how to make your own floatation devices when you need extra support while crossing a body of water.

How to Cross a Tyrolean Traverse
Follow these steps to cross a Tyrolean traverse, a fixed line that aids hikers when crossing raging rivers and other challenging terrain.

The Compass: Basic and Advanced Features
Use this overview of basic and advanced features to choose a compass--an essential piece of survival gear--that best fits your needs.

Turn Seawater into Drinkable Water With a Solar Still
Follow these steps to make a solar still and turn seawater into drinking water.

How to Make a Smoke Signal Rescue Fire
If you’re in a survival situation and need to be rescued, make a smoke signal fire to alert rescuers and signal your location.

How to Make Your Own Fishing Pole
Catch fish for food in a survival situation with this fishing pole made of natural materials.

How to Use a Signal Mirror for Wilderness Rescue
Using a signal mirror or an improvised signaling device requires knowledge and practice, but it’s a skill that can save your life in an emergency.

How to Make a Pine Pitch Torch
When you need a natural light source, use pine pitch as a fuel to illuminate your surroundings.

How to Make a Tepee-Style Survival Shelter
Build a tepee-style survival shelter when you need to protect yourself from the elements in a wooded area.

How to Make a Spit for Campfire Cooking
When you need to roast game for food, follow these steps for making your own spit.

How to Make Improvised Cooking and Eating Utensils
Make bowls, plates, and a variety of cooking and eating utensils from natural materials.

How to Survive a Skunk Encounter
Avoid skunks while hiking to escape their foul-smelling and irritating spray.

Survival Sunscreen and Natural Sunburn Treatments
Use the power of plants and other natural resources to prevent and treat sunburn.

Survive Snow Blindness: Make Your Own Goggles
Outwit snow blindness by learning how to make your own improvised eyewear using duct tape, bark, or other natural materials.

How to Build a Tree-Pit Survival Shelter
When you’re stuck outside in a winter storm, a tree-pit shelter can help keep you warm and protected from the elements.

Avalanche Survival: Know the Avalanche Triangle
Stay safe in mountain terrain by knowing the components of the Avalanche Triangle, the key factors that contribute to avalanche hazards.

A Checklist Approach to Packing Outdoor Essentials
Use this checklist to pack outdoor essentials, survival gear, first-aid supplies, and other personal outdoor items.

Adopt a Survival Mentality: How to Get Tough!
Adopting a survival mentality is the first step to overcoming a survival challenge. Read on to develop this essential survival skill.

Basic Fire-Building Techniques
The best way to learn how to start and maintain a fire is to practice, so here are the fire-building basics that will help you develop your campfire skills.

Clean and Care for Abrasions in the Outdoors
Follow these steps to keep minor scrapes and cuts from becoming a major problem when you’re in the outdoors.

Prevent and Treat Backcountry Burns
Burns are among the most common camping injuries. Prevent burns by knowing what commonly causes them, and learn how to treat burns if they occur.

Survival Improvisation: Craft Improvised Tools and Gear
Learn the art of survival improvisation--creating tools out of available items in order to aid survival--by thinking of new uses for common items.

Survivor Q&A with Andy Parkin: Alpine Climber and Big Mountain Survivor
Alpine climber Andy Parkin shares his story of surviving Patagonia’s Cerro Torre with François Marsigny in 1994 when the pair got blindsided by bad weather and traversed Patagonia’s Continental ice cap to reach safety.