Out Alive from BACKPACKER on Smash Notes

Out Alive from BACKPACKER podcast.

December 28, 2019

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 new, eight-episode 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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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.
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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.
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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.
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Blue skies in Grand Teton National Park turn gray when a group of hikers are caught in a powerful rockslide.
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Yev Krasnitskiy and his three climber partners find themselves stranded without supplies while a storm prevents rescuers from reaching them.
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Yev Krasnitskiy, along with three climbing partners plan a 2-day bid for the summit of Mt. Rainier, but rockfall, storms, and altitude sickness strand the climbers out of reach of rescuers.
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On a 600 mile canoe trip, Alex Messenger encounters a grizzly while hiking alone on the Canadian tundra.
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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.
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Ryan Osmund, 35, took a wrong step while hiking in Zion National Park in February, and became trapped in quicksand.
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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. 

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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. 

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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.  

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Gregg Hein spent 6 days in Kings Canyon National Park alone after suffering a brutal open leg fracture.

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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. 

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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. 

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Alone and distraught, a canyoneer fights to survive.

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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.

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