Category Archives: When Animals Attack

Damn the Mosquitoes [When Animals Attack]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Run or Die, The Howl of Nature, Uncategorized, When Animals Attack | Tagged , | Leave a comment

In order to reach India in time to watch the monsoon make landfall, I had to leave so abruptly I didn’t have time for all my shots. The only thing I needed to worry about, my doctor said, were mosquitoes. … Continue reading

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Pee Tree Dish [Water Water Everywhere]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Close Calls, Drive Like Hell, Hotel Hell, Human Sacrifice, Mountain Madness, Off The Map, Road Warriors, Survival, The Call of Nature, Water Water Everywhere, When Animals Attack | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

It all started with a drive. A drive consisting of 20 people packed into a fairly impressive 16-seater van. I found myself sandwiched between a frail granny buried under a load of groceries and a teenage boy whose cool demeanor was significantly reduced … Continue reading

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Of French Vipers & The Disappearing Path [European Delights]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Books + Media, Close Calls, European Delights, Hotel Hell, Human Sacrifice, La France, Mountain Madness, Off The Map, Survival, When Animals Attack | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Reaching the top of Sanetsch Pass, long used for trade and warfare, it became impossible to find the Via Alpina until we dropped into a dairy farm for directions and found a sympathetic ear. The farmer, dressed in her white … Continue reading

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And From That Day On, They Called Her ‘Grammatador’ [Bad Asses]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Bad Asses, Close Calls, European Delights, Human Sacrifice, La France, Run or Die, When Animals Attack | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

I was on vacation in France in September 1999 when my friends and I headed south to a wonderful small town called St. Remy de Provence.  We happened to arrive just before their “Ancient Festival” in late
September where the locals, dressed in traditional outfits, … Continue reading

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A Ballad of Baby Seal Steak and $9 Doritos [Off The Map]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Off The Map, Seal Clubbing, When Animals Attack | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

St. Paul is a barren, five-by-seven-mile speck of rock in the middle of Alaska’s Bering Sea, the largest of five tiny islands collectively known as the Pribilofs. I found myself there last winter—ostensibly to report on the Coast Guard helicopter … Continue reading

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Holy Bear [Human Sacrifice]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Human Sacrifice, Uncategorized, When Animals Attack | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

To hear most family members tell it, the annual camping expedition of 1997 was a total disaster. First off, we took our local Catholic priest with us. He stole bread and wine—body and blood to most people we knew—from the … Continue reading

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Korth of the North [Radical Self Reliance]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Mountain Madness, Uncategorized, When Animals Attack | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our friends over at VICE TV have put together a wild documentary anyone thinking they need a break from modern life should watch. As it turns out, there’s pretty much only one way to skin a bear, and it requires … Continue reading

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Like Dogfood For Chocolate [When Animals Attack]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Mountain Madness, When Animals Attack | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

I lived in paradise: a 500-person fishing village on the pacific coast of Nicaragua, where I taught English and watched the sun set everyday. Problem was, the stores in paradise didn’t sell any chocolate. And, I like chocolate. “A day … Continue reading

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Dumbo Strikes Back [Call of the Wild]

Posted by CDB in Bad Asses, Books + Media, Close Calls, Human Sacrifice, Survival, When Animals Attack | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gabon, New Year’s Eve, 2002: She was about seven feet at the shoulder, with sixteen-inch tusks, and weighed two tons. I used to have zero fear. Zero. I could walk up to any elephant I saw. So when she charges, … Continue reading

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