There are a lot of intense dangers in nature, but perhaps the scariest of all is a hot, silent killer. According to the CDC, high temperatures kill more people in the U.S. than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods combined. Here’s how to survive a heat wave when you’re going to be outside all day.
It might feel like there aren’t any rules out in the great outdoors, but there are certainly guidelines you should follow. Whether you’re new to hiking or always been confused about the dos and don’ts of the trail, this guide will clear things up.
Do not touch this plant. If you get some of the sap on your skin, chemicals in the sap will attack the DNA in your skin cells and make you sensitive to the sun. So sensitive, in fact, that normal sun exposure can give you a blistering sunburn-like rash that takes weeks or months to go away.
Losing your wallet is like losing a part of you. Everything is in there—your driver’s license, your credit cards, your membership IDs, and your photos of loved ones. This clever trick can help you avoid losing your wallet forever the next time you venture out into the outdoors.
You can get any level of workout from our fitness trail challenge, no matter what equipment you find. We’ve already discussed a few ways you can modify the exercises to be easier, if that’s what you need, but now let’s talk about how to get even more of a challenge.
We asked you to go in search of fitness trails, and many of you found them in your local parks. But if you’ve looked everywhere and can’t find one, we still have some ideas for some outdoor workouts you can do.
If you’ve ventured out looking for fitness trails for the Lifehacker Fitness Challenge, you may have noticed some mysterious unlabeled equipment. What are you supposed to do with this bar near the ground? This slanted bench? Here are your answers.
Gorillas, the largest primates in the world, can stand up to six feet tall and weigh upwards of 400 pounds. They’re normally very peaceful animals—more Koko and less King Kong—but a dominant silverback male has the strength of several men, and isn’t afraid to use it to defend his troop.
The times when you need a fire and the times when you have things to start a fire easily don’t necessarily coincide. For those instances, when your survival depends on you keeping warm, you have to get creative with what you can find. These six methods use some unusual tools to turn dry tinder into a toasty campfire.
Simply floating in water might look easy, but it’s actually pretty difficult if you don’t have a flotation device, and treading water is an essential safety skill for anyone who plans on spending time on or near the water, well, ever. Here’s the best way to do it for as long as possible in an emergency situation.
Spiders—especially famously venomous varieties like the Black Widow—are at the top of a lot of people’s lists when it comes to fears. But unless you’re incredibly unlucky, there’s really no need to fear them.
Davy Crockett is an American folk hero of mythic proportions, and was greatly popularized during the 50s and 60s thanks to Disney’s TV miniseries and major motion pictures. But Crockett was a very real person in history, and he had a lot of wisdom to share.
Boiling water over a campfire can be an easy way to get burned if you’re not careful. This clever pot holder can save you some pain, and only requires you have a knife and a stick.
This year, there are ten days the National Park Service is offering free admission and the last four of those days are this fall. The next of these free days is this Friday, August 25th, so here’s how to make the most of your free fall visit.
Bonfires are pretty much a summer and early fall tradition. You might think they’re easy to throw together in a few minutes, but making a bit more effort will turn a mediocre bonfire gathering into one that you and your friends will fondly remember.
If you find a tick on yourself, it’s totally normal to want to climb out of your skin and burn it and live your life with your bones and muscles on display. Since that didn’t work the last time I tried it, I’m glad to report there is a safe, effective, hands-off way to remove the tick from your skin. More than one, in…
A lot of people like working but hate offices: They can’t stand uncomfortable clothes, or being inside all day, or the forced sociability around the water cooler. I am one of those people. It’s the predictability that bothers me—there’s something about knowing where you’re going to be, every single day except weekends…
Yesterday I asked you for all your brilliant thoughts, tips, tricks, and recipes for grilling great food, and man did you all deliver.
Hello, and welcome back to to What’s Cooking?, the open thread where you get to share all of your brilliant thoughts, advice, recipes, and opinions on all things edible. Though we already had one great discussion this week, I thought we’d go ahead and have another one, especially because Monday is a holiday, and it…
Ladybugs eat aphids. So if aphids are eating your potato plants, you might be tempted to mail-order a ton of ladybugs (yes, this is a thing you can do) to solve your garden woes. There’s a flaw in that plan, though: when you release ladybugs, they fly away.