Andy Heath
The always-changing conditions of winter in Montana increase your chances of getting stuck outside for the night, whether it's after a day of skiing, snowmobiling, or hunting. When it's cold out, the first survival step is starting a fire. Read more >>
Drew Pogge
Snow caves are windproof, warm, and can accommodate several people. But improperly built caves can kill—trust me, I’ve written the obituaries. The carbon dioxide you exhale is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that accumulates in poorly ventilated caves and kills silently. Read more >>
Davies, Colton
There’s been plenty of talk about survival lately, what with certain pop-culture franchises sweeping the box office. But when it comes to cutting it in the wild, hunger is anything but a game. Read more >>
England, Mike
Of all the survival tools to stash in your pack, a firestarting device is arguably the most important—but neither a lighter nor waterproof matches are immune to a dousing in water (the matches need a dry striker, and the lighter’s shot altogether), and both tend to falter in wind and at higher el Read more >>
Knight, Phil
Owing to the fact that humans have two legs and two arms, many items come in pairs: gloves, socks, shoes, boots, crampons, poles, skis. Most of these items are nearly useless without their mate—just like your humble author. Read more >>
England, Mike
Every soldier and veteran knows the value of military parachute cord. Dubbed “550” for its burly breaking strength, this versatile cord is a warrior’s duct tape, with almost no end to the number of possible uses. Read more >>
Pape, Jay
Preparation and outdoor skills are crucial to survival in Montana's high country, and even a single day in the hills necessitates proper gear. Rather than discuss the “10 Essentials,” let’s instead debunk the concept of what is really needed for day in the hills. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
The Grand Teton is a striking 13,770-foot spire of rock that rises dramatically out of the Teton Range in northwest Wyoming. It’s a common destination for Montana mountaineers, and accidents are not uncommon on this classic alpine peak. Read more >>
Orem, Tina
Hypothermia, Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries: Prevention, Survival, Rescue, and Treatment (Second Edition)by Gordon G. Giesbrecht, Ph.D., and James A. Wilkerson, M.D.excerpt pages 125-126 Read more >>
Orem, Tina
Thomas Elpel is the director of the Hollowtop Outdoor Primitive School in Pony. The guy has been around for years and is one of the area's foremost experts in survival skills. Read more >>
Litwin, Ryan
by Mike Lapinksi - Portland, ORWest WInds Press, 2004 - 224 pages Read more >>
Mazour, Meghan
It’s not what you were planning on when you headed out on a beautiful fall morning for a day in the great outdoors, but suddenly it’s getting dark, you’re alone, and you don’t have any idea where you are. Read more >>
England, Mike
If you want to separate yourself from the modern world and get intimate with the earth, grab a copy of Thomas J. Elpel’s Participating in Nature and head for the woods. Read more >>
Center, Dean
I had the dream again. The one where my friends and I end up stranded on a remote mountain during an eight-foot snowstorm. Unintentional "Survivor" with wet socks and no voting. I, as the hero (it’s MY dream), am a cross between MacGyver and Stallone in Cliffhanger. Read more >>
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