When you're forced to stay inside in the middle of a snowstorm and eat that questionable can of soup in the back of your pantry, you may start to feel pretty tough. This is survival, you think to yourself as you slurp chicken-and-stars in your pajamas. I'm a pioneer.
Except, you probably have no idea what real survival means. Those who've had to fend for themselves under dire circumstances in the wilderness have been forced to do some extreme things to stay alive. When Wild hits theaters on Friday, we'll get a vivid look into one woman's story of enduring the elements. In anticipation of the new film, we delved into other incredible, inspiring tales of people who have survived against all odds. Ahead, 10 incredible stories of those who ventured into nature and emerged a new person.