No one begins a wilderness adventure expecting to get lost. Any yet, every year, a significant number of people get lost or stranded in our nation’s woods. Every hiker that enters the wilderness must know the answer to the question, “What if I get lost?”
Search and rescue professionals recommend the following tips for someone who is lost.
- Stop walking!
- Draw attention to yourself safely. Blow your whistle or yell back if you hear your name called. Make yourself and your camp visible from the air.
- Keep calm. Use the survival gear in your Ten Essentials* kit to get comfortable while you wait for rescue. Stay warm, dry and visible.
Note: Rescue personnel will normally suspend search efforts during the night. But stay put. The search will resume again after the sun rises.
*Ten Essentials resource: