This guy survived an emergency... thanks to beer
On November 28, 2011, Clifton Vial found himself stuck in a snowbank 40 miles from the nearest town of Nome, Alaska. He had no cell service and was dressed in tennis shoes, jeans, and a cheap jacket. The temperature hovered between -12° and -17° F.
Clifton was stuck in his Toyota Tacoma for 60 hours (more than 2 full days and nights) before rescuers found him. He had no food or water available, save a few cans of Coors Light that were frozen solid. He cut the lids off with a knife and dug out the beer slushy, his only form of sustenance throughout his ordeal.
Beer... really? We're not car camping here.
In the backpacking scene, conversations often turn to pack weight. Anyone who isn’t paring their gear down to the lowest possible weight isn’t a “real backpacker.” If you told many hikers you were going to bring beer cans into the backcountry, they’d probably give you some pretty strange looks.
Now, we’ll share the 12 survival uses for a beer can that could potentially save you from emergencies - and ultralight hikers - in the woods.