Extreme Outdoor Adventures: Who Survives and Why

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If faced with the terrifying realization that you had no choice but to amputate your own leg with a pocketknife in order to survive, would you be able to do it?

Extreme Outdoor Adventures explores twenty gripping, true-life stories such as these, of heroic men and women who were forced to muster the psychological and physical strength necessary to cheat death while left helpless in the wilderness in the most extreme of situations.

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Overview

If faced with the terrifying realization that you had no choice but to amputate your own leg with a pocketknife in order to survive, would you be able to do it?

Extreme Outdoor Adventures explores twenty gripping, true-life stories such as these, of heroic men and women who were forced to muster the psychological and physical strength necessary to cheat death while left helpless in the wilderness in the most extreme of situations.

Stories include a deadly hand-to-claw cougar fight, a plane crash in the Alaska wilderness, an alligator trapping episode gone bad, epic battles with hypothermia, a wild boar attack, daring wilderness rescues, and many more terrifying adventure tales.

Extreme Outdoor Adventures brings to life the adrenaline-pumping scenarios these survivors endured and reveals how each was victorious in the fight to live.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599212005
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 654,418
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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"Please, God, keep her up," Mike Harbaugh prayed, trying to fly his heavily loaded plane safely through the most dangerous pass in Alaska. The lanky 34-year-old Wasilla plumbing contractor was transporting his pastor's household goods to the other side of the mountains. With its tricky winds and blind canyons and one dramatically zig-zaging ravine, Merrill Pass is littered with more plane wrecks than anywhere in the state. And Mike’s plane was being buffeted like a toy in a tumult. One minute the earth was horizontal, the next vertical. Suddenly, trees, glaciers, mountains — everything — spun out and disappeared, and the red and white Cessna 180 became the 43rd Merrill crash.

Mike regained consciousness sprawled in the snow, numb from cold and in shock. Looking around he saw a piece of the tail section. Shelter. He tried to stand and toppled and rolled, clawing to stop himself from going over the cliff.. His foot and ankle seemed badly broken. Blood covered his face. He crawled on hands and knees to a mound of clothes, struggled into coveralls, a coat hood, and mittens, then pulled himself on his belly to the wreckage where, exhausted, he passed out for three hours. Upon awaking, he worried about freezing, He found an air mattress, stuffed it inside the torn tail section, and wriggled in behind it. Now he suffered a raging thirst, but refused to eat snow for fear of hypothermia. Mercifully, he again passed out.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: The Whys, Hows, and Maybes of Survival     ix
The Survivor Trait     1
Cougar Attack     13
Through the Black Hole and into Terror     23
Killer in a Culvert     29
Three Rounds with Chisos Tom     35
Hurled from a Violent Sky     41
Tumult at Terror Lake     57
Not Quick, Not Sand, Quicksand     67
A Choice for Life     75
Brave Remembrance     83
Arctic Adventuress     89
Surviving the Nowitna's Sinking     97
Walleyed Maniac Mad     109
Bombarded by an Ice Bell     115
Death Cheated by Hours     123
Child-Killer Cat     141
Clamped in an Ice Vise     153
Cliffhanger Ram     159
The Deadest Man Alive     171
Never Give Up     187
Index     195
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