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Raging rivers, hungry bears, huge avalanches—no matter how prepared you are, a walk in the woods can go from innocent to disastrous in the blink of an eye. Out Alive is a podcast series about real people who survived the unsurvivable. Each survivor takes you through what happened, from the packing mistakes to the missed signals to the plain bad luck, while experts and witnesses weigh in on how things went wrong.

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From Desert Paradise to Death Trap
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At the crux of every survival story is a pivotal decision point. The choices we make when the stakes are high can mean the difference between salvation and struggle, misery and hope, life and death. When it comes to dire situations in the backcountry, the options can be imperfect and the time in which to weigh them is often short. In today's episode, we witnessed the fast decision-making of three separate survivors, all at the heart of one historic and catastrophic flash flood on the Havasupai reservation of the Grand Canyon. The flood would permanently alter the landscape as well as the lives of those who were caught in its fury.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2021
We Fell Down the Mountain
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Many survival stories include an element of helplessness. When you're far from civilization hurt, unable to move. There's little, you can do to keep yourself alive. It's helplessness that sets in when things get really, really bad, but there's another feeling, however, dim that keeps you going: hope. Though you may be unable to help yourself in the face of extreme danger there's comfort in knowing that someone out there may be looking for you. That comfort, that hope can be what allows you to survive. And if you get into trouble in a place where Search and Rescue is accessible, that hope multiplies. These highly trained volunteers save countless lives every year. No matter the terrain, no matter the weather emergency responders will answer the call of distress. They're the reason why, even when we're helpless, we're not hopeless. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2021
Arctic Nightmare: Mauled by a Polar Bear
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Polar bears, the grand beasts of the arctic, are one of the most fearsome predators on earth. Healthy males can weigh half a ton, stand eight feet tall on their hind legs and possess enough power to get all that mass moving at 25 miles per hour. Few sites in nature will inspire the sense of panic and doom as seeing a polar bear loping across the ice headed your way. They are aggression sheathed in fur, spiked with two inch claws and armed with teeth designed to catch and hold slippery prey. As a rule, few animals survive encounters with these hyper- carnivores. Matt Dyer is that rare exception.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2021
SAR's Secret Weapon: An Ultra-Running Volunteer
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When Jeremy Humphrey set out to find a missing hiker in July of 2020, he didn't have any training or fancy rescue gear. But he had something else, legs that could carry him for miles and miles in a day, an intimate knowledge of his local mountain range and a voice inside him telling him that he was the right man for the job. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2021
The Mountains Called, I Shouldn't Have Listened
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If you listen to this podcast you can probably relate to a sense of being pulled by the mountains. A feeling that John Muir put memorably when he wrote the mountains are calling and I must go." We answer the call for our own sense of adventure or to recharge our connection to nature. But some of us are called to higher, harder pursuits. These mountaineers head high with safety equipment skill, and experience. Essential equipment on the glaciated peaks of crampon country, close call country. But just as the mountains call us, they also let us know when not to go and our ability to hear and listen to that call, that can make all the difference. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2021
At the Heart of the Matter
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Months after receiving a pacemaker, mother-of-five Stephanie Ingram was celebrating her newfound health with a solo trek of Washington's Wonderland Trail. But no matter your fitness, Mother Nature can take as much as she gives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2021
Tragedy on the Appalachian Trail Part 2
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When there's trouble on the trail, who are you supposed to call? In this week's episode, we examine the missed chances that led to the unthinkable one spring evening on the Appalachian Trail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2020
Tragedy on the Appalachian Trail Part 1
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To be a hiker is to accept a certain amount of risk. And yet the freedom to expose ourselves to that danger is part of the draw, but, as our next story shows, you never know what – or who – is coming down the trail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2020
Mystery on the Mountain
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In October of 2010 search and rescue volunteer Pam Bales happened across an unconscious man while on a solo hike up New Hampshire's Mt. Washington. As the weather became life-threatening, Bales struggled to help the man to safety, all the while wondering what led him up the peak in the first place. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2020
Buried in a Rockslide
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Blue skies in Grand Teton National Park turn gray when a group of hikers are caught in a powerful rockslide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2020
Stranded on Mt. Rainier
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Yev Krasnitskiy and his three climber partners find themselves stranded without supplies while a storm prevents rescuers from reaching them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2020
The Twenty-Ninth Day
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On a 600 mile canoe trip, Alex Messenger encounters a grizzly while hiking alone on the Canadian tundra. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2019
Injured on an Ice Ledge
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In 1999, Malcolm Daly fell 200 feet while climbing a remote Alaskan peak. He spent the next two nights stranded and alone on an ice ledge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2019
Trapped in Quicksand
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Ryan Osmun, 35, took a wrong step while hiking in Zion National Park in February, and became trapped in quicksand. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2019
The Science of Survival
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In our season finale, hear from experts to learn what's happening inside your brain during a survival scenario, what you can do to beat the odds, and how a former BACKPACKER editor nearly succumbed to the greatest threat out there—ourselves.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2019
Disaster on Mt. Rainier Part 2
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Stacy Liedle and her team continue to fight for their lives on the Emmons Glacier. With a storm fast approaching, the SAR team rushes to get everyone down safely—and then, tragedy strikes.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2019
Disaster on Mt. Rainier Part 1
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For Stacy Liedle and her team, reaching the summit of Washington's Mt. Rainier was the accomplishment of a lifetime. But a fall while descending the Emmons Glacier leaves the four climbers severely injured and in need of a rescue—before a winter storm strands them on the mountain.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2019
Alone with a Compound Fracture
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Gregg Hein spent 6 days in Kings Canyon National Park alone after suffering a brutal open leg fracture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2019
Bit by a Rattlesnake
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An afternoon hike very nearly turned deadly when Scott Vuncannon was bit by a rattlesnake in the North Carolina backcountry without cell reception.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2019
Mauled by a Grizzly
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Todd Orr was out for a morning hike in Madison Valley near Ennis, Montana when he encountered a sow grizzly and her cubs.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2019
Stranded on a Ledge
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Alone and distraught, a canyoneer fights to survive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2019
Buried In An Avalanche
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Pro skier Amie Engerbretson is buried in an avalanche just outside Alta Ski Area in Utah, and has to rely on her companions to rescue her. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2019
BACKPACKER Out Alive Trailer
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May 01, 2019