According to the CDC, from 1999 to 2011, a total of 16,911 deaths in the United States, an average of 1,301 per year, were associated with exposure to excessive natural cold. The highest yearly total of hypothermia-related deaths (1,536) was in 2010 and the lowest (1,058) in 2006. Approximately 67% of hypothermia-related deaths were among males.
For the reason above, and many others, a Survival News page has been added to the top navigation bar of this website for the purpose of collecting news links on wilderness survival. The intention is this repository of information provides opportunities from which to learn and/or demonstrate the importance of proper survival training, planning and preparation.
I have gone back in time and grabbed a few that have stood out for me personally. If you have any suggested news reports, past or present, PLEASE email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org with SURVIVAL NEWS in the subject line.
While I just started the page in late June, I have to say it has already been rather sobering. Reading these stories and thinking about posting them for our readers seems to have stripped away the disconnect I apparently had to the news.
Finally, while everything on Master Woodsman is technically copyrighted, please feel free to copy the entire Survival News page and put it to use for the purposes stated. If nothing else, perhaps someone reading some or all of these stories will think twice and bring their kit, or jacket, and for God’s sake, let someone know where they are going.
P.S. If you are looking for training, I recently updated the schools under Survival Training and the Events page under Resources. Always looking for suggestions on these pages too.