Wilderness Survival

“Knowledge is the key to survival; the real beauty of that is that it doesn’t weigh anything.”— Ray Mears

Now that summer is near, everyone is making plans to explore the great outdoors. Planning to go off the grid, train for extreme scenarios, or simply enjoying a weekend camping or hiking trip? Conduct research, make plans, secure the right equipment, and prepare for possible emergencies by evaluating current survival gear, especially when heading for new and unfamiliar territories.

Millions of people visit national parks every year, and many get lost, seriously injured, or even worse. According to the Washington Post, the following 10 national parks (of 63 total) recorded the most fatalities over the decade from 2010 to 2020:

  1. Grand Canyon, Arizona (134 deaths)

  2. Yosemite, California (126 deaths)

  3. Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee and North Carolina (92 deaths)

  4. Sequoia & Kings Canyon, California (75 deaths)

  5. Yellowstone, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho (52 deaths)

  6. Denali, Alaska (51 deaths)

  7. Mount Rainier, Washington (51 deaths)

  8. Rocky Mountain, Colorado (49 deaths)

  9. Grand Teton, Wyoming (48 deaths)

  10. Zion, Utah (43 deaths)

Survival experts recommend the following factors when scrutinizing tools to include in adventure and survival kits:

  1. Type

  2. Use

  3. Size