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  How-To
The Adventurer's Handbook
30 Crucial Skills, Nifty Tips, and Shameless Shortcuts
By Robert Earle Howells

How to Cross a River on Foot

It's cold and fast—and you need to get across. But hopping from rock to rock with your boots on is exactly the wrong way to do it, says veteran river runner and Sobek Expeditions founder Richard Bangs.

"Find a wrist-thick, shoulder-height stick—best if it has a natural fork at one end for wedging between rocks," he says. With boots off (you'll have better traction barefoot), "enter the stream facing at an angle against the current, planting the stick upstream, and work slowly across." Your feet will warm up once they're back in dry boots.

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•  Introduction
 
How to
•  Avoid an Avalanche
•  Avoid Blisters
•  Beach a Kayak
•  Bike Up Steep Trails
•  Build a Fire When It's Wet
•  Climb Higher
•  Cross a River on Foot
•  Fight Altitude Sickness
•  Find Your Way
•  Fix Gear in the Field
•  Haggle for Anything
•  Hike Lighter
•  Keep Warm on Frigid Hikes
•  Leave (Absolutely) No Trace
•  Make Tastier Backcountry Grub
•  Melt Snow to Drink
•  Paddle With Power
•  Predict the Weather
•  Put on Your Skis
•  Run Off-Road
•  See More Fish When Diving
•  Ski Faster
•  Slide Down an Icy Slope
•  Slip a Bribe
•  Stick to the Rock
•  Swim Rapids
•  Swing a Machete
•  Take Better Photos
•  Telemark for Real
•  Wipe Out on a Bike
 
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