Wild Circumstances: 4 Success Stories from Life and Death Situations

Wild Circumstances: 4 Success Stories from Life and Death Situations
Adventurers have been around throughout history. Some of their quests have taken them to the edge, forcing them to face life and death circumstances. Not all survive, but those who do gain a higher appreciation for life. Some even achieve prominence.

Early Explorer

Ernest Shackleton explored the Antarctic during the 20th century. He visited that part of the world several times, but it was after the so-called Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914 through 1917 that Shackleton achieved fame. During his attempt to cross the continent by sea, his ship crashed, forcing the crew to continue their trip to the South Pole in small boats. Despite all the hardships, Shackleton and his shipmates survived.

Blue John Canyon

Mountaineer Aron Ralston took off for a hike in the Utah desert's Blue John Canyon in 2003. Not long after his start, an 800-pound boulder, or detached rock, clamped down on his arm. Ralston spent five days trying to liberate his limb without success. Finally, he decided to self-amputate his arm with a dull knife. The act freed Ralston and saved his life.

Surviving a Nightmare

In 1972, a plane carrying a Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the Andes. Only a few of the passengers survived. In the process of waiting and searching for help, others passed away. Hungry and desperate, some of the survivors fought for their lives by turning to cannibalism. After 72 days, the survivors were rescued.

Sailing Around the Globe

At age 16, in January 2010, Abby Sunderland set off to sail the globe alone in her yacht. After five months at sea, Sunderland sent out distress signals, prompting officials to start a rescue search. When Sunderland was found, her boat's riggings were down. She had to abandon her goal of becoming the youngest person to sail the seas alone nonstop, but her adventure was a learning experience that earned praises for her achievements.

Article Written By Maria Fernanda Cartaya

Maria Fernanda began writing for publication in 2003. She has lived and experienced the outdoors in North and South America, Europe and Africa. Her work has been published in Spanish newspapers. She earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in international relations and French from Syracuse University and speaks three languages. Maria is working on an international journalism Master of Arts from the University of Westminster.