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  • September 9, 2013

    Uruguayan Motorcyclist Survives Four Months Lost In The Andes

    By Ben Romans

    Argentina authorities rescued a lost Uruguay man yesterday after he spent four months wandering the Andes, living off sugar, raisins, food from a cache in a mountain shelter, and trapped rats.

    According to the New York Daily News, 58-year old Raul Fernando Gomez Circunegui was riding a motorcycle across the Andes between Chile and Argentina when he went missing last May. Gomez says his bike broke and he tried to finish the trek on foot, but became disorientated by heavy snowfall.

  • July 11, 2013

    Survivorman Les Stroud: A Comic Book Hero?

    By Ben Romans

    For several years, outdoor survival expert Les Stroud has been a one-man camera crew who filmed his multi-day jaunts into remote areas of the world. I’ve tuned in from time to time. The episodes are occasionally entertaining, and I often learn a thing or two.
    But would I go so far as to say Stroud’s skills make him a real-life superhero? Certainly not. However, the folks at Bluewater Productions disagree. So much so they’re willing to pit Stroud’s MacGyver-esque skills against wrongdoers in a new comic book series.
    In a press release, Bluewater said the first edition will follow Stroud in pursuit of an artifact and in the chase, he gets lost at sea, roughs it through the English countryside, and "shows an endless supply of rugged determination in his quest."

  • February 1, 2013

    Russian Family Isolated from World Survives in Siberian Taiga for 40 Years

    By Chad Love

    For a number of years following the end of World War II, Japanese soldiers would occasionally emerge from the jungles in the Pacific theater, either unwilling to believe or unaware that the war was over. The last verified Japanese holdout came out of hiding in the Philippines and officially surrendered back in 1974. It's an incredible story, but a piece in this month's Smithsonian magazine tops it, in both longevity and in the sheer harshness of the landscape in which it occurs. In 1978, Soviet geologists discovered a family of six eking out a desperate existence in the depths of the vast Siberian taiga. They had been living there, completely cut off from all human contact, completely unaware of events like WWII, since 1936.

  • January 23, 2012

    British Outdoorsman Attempting 1-Year Survival Challenge Found Dead in Scotland

    By Chad Love

    A British survival enthusiast attempting to live off the land for a full year was recently found dead in Scotland.

    From this story in the (UK) Daily Mail (hat tip to the Southern Rockies Nature Blog for the find):

    A man found dead in a remote mountain hut was an adventurer who had planned a year-long Bear Grylls-style survival challenge in the Scottish wilderness. David Austin, 29, from Derby, was found dead in a 'bothy' by a track worker near Corrour, a remote railway station in Highland Perthshire, on December 31 at 9.50am. His body is believed to have been lying there for several weeks when it was discovered. A post-mortem found there were no suspicious circumstances behind his death, which is understood to have been as a result of hypothermia.

  • July 5, 2011

    Search Continues for 7 Missing Americans in Mexico Boating Accident

    By Chad Love

    --Chad Love

    U.S. and Mexican authorities are still searching for survivors after a chartered fishing boat carrying 44 passengers and crew capsized after being caught in a storm off the coast of Mexico.
    From this story on ABC News:
     The U.S. Coast Guard and Mexican Navy are scouring the Sea of Cortez by boat and helicopter in a continuing effort to locate the seven U.S. tourists still missing after the sinking of a charter boat off the coast of Mexico Sunday. One U.S. tourist died. The Coast Guard will be using a larger aircraft in its search today that is capable of covering greater distances, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Pamela Boehland said. The Coast Guard expects to be up in the air over the Sea of Cortez around 10:30 a.m. PT. The Mexican Navy is expected to deploy the same two helicopters it has been using.

  • August 17, 2010

    Cavers Rescue Trapped Coonhound in Illinois

    By Chad Love

    An Illinois coonhound gets rescued after being trapped in a cave for three days.
    From this amazing story in the Chicago Tribune:
    Dogs are renowned for loyalty to their owners, but sometimes it works the other way, too. Just ask Jared Gamboe, who stood vigil outside of a cave that he believed his dog was trapped inside for three days.

    An avid raccoon hunter, Gamboe went out to the wooded area near Indian Lake Road in Delhi last Sunday night to hunt with two of his buddies and four dogs altogether. When the hunters unleashed their dogs, two ran off in one direction and two ran off in another. Gamboe's 2-year-old Treeing Walker coonhound, Threat, was one of the dogs that boldly ran off in pursuit of raccoons. "Within 15 minutes, I knew something was wrong, because I lost the signal from Threat's GPS collar, and Paul (Young) lost contact with his dog, Cassie, at the same time," Gamboe said.

  • March 30, 2010

    Beard Blamed in Turkey Hunting Death

    By Chad Love

    A man's camouflage clothing and beard apparently contributed to his shooting death in a weekend hunting accident, Tehama County Sheriff Clay Parker said Monday. Larry Gene Pendley, 54, of Vacaville was shot in the head Saturday morning with a 12-gauge shotgun on the opening day of turkey hunting season ... by Stephen Henderson, 50, of Fremont ...

  • November 17, 2009

    Fishing Boat Sinks Off New Jersey, 3 Men Missing

    By Dave Hurteau

    From an AP story via
    Coast Guard boats, planes and helicopters searched the roiling ocean off Cape May on Thursday for three commercial fishermen whose boat sank, and colleagues of the missing men prayed for a miracle. . . .

  • November 13, 2009

    Montana Hunter Lost for Two Weeks Found Alive in Big Horn Mountains

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Billings Gazette:
    Lost in the Big Horn Mountains, presumed dead by family and friends and hallucinating because of too much wind and too little food, Travis McMahan, stumbling up a creek, found a dead fish.

    “It looked all rotten,” he said. . . . “I cut its head off and skinned its back,” he said of the fish. “And there was good meat in there, so I ate it.”

  • November 3, 2009

    Chad Love: Cut Down a Tree with a Ten-Dollar Knife

    By Chad Love

    So say you're stuck in the woods, the temperature's dropping fast and you need shelter and fire, quickly. There are trees all around but you have neither saw nor axe. All you have is your knife. It's not even a big Rambo-inspired, serrated-edge survival sword with a picatinny rail, but a twelve-dollar plastic-handled mora with a little four-inch blade. Hey, no problem.

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