Rating - ****
The key to success when put in dangerous and life threatening situations in the outdoors is to eliminate all thoughts about your pain, emotions and fear. The tale of Colby Coombs, a 25-year-old national outdoors leadership school instructor proves that what is in the way of your survival is the mental things.
This article is informative and gives great advice on how to overcome fears and emotions when you least need them to survive. It tells the story of Coombs, who was vacationing in the Alaska Range with his college friends, Tom Walter and Ritt Kellogg. They took on 17,400-foot Mount Foraker and tried to finish the ‘Pink Panther’ route over three days. The three men had almost reached their goal when a huge storm hit the mountain and let loose. Coombs was knocked 800 feet down the side of the mountain and after six hours he woke up dangling from his rope. He found both of his friends after hiking for another day, dead and covered in ice.
Daley, Jason. "I Will Survive - The Top Ten Wilderness Survival Stories" Outside Magazine online. Sep. 2004