getting-lost

When heading out on the trail correct planning will help you to avoid Getting Lost. But what to do if you get lost to ensure you get home safely.

  • Stop and think. Stay calm.
  • Recheck navigation and map
  • Re tracing your steps a short distance may assist. Locate your last known point if possible.
  • Gaining some height may assist in orientation.
  • If above does not help STAY WHERE YOU ARE.
  • Find or make shelter to stay warm and dry.
  • Call for help using any communication devices you have with you; e.g. radios, mobile phones, satellite phones. Call your designated Contact People and/or local emergency services.
  • If other communications are not possible, and there is a threat of grave and imminent danger, activate a Distress Beacon (PLB or EPIRB) if you have one.
  • Attempt to make your position visible to searchers on land and in the air; e.g. lighting a fire or leaving bright clothing in an open area that can be seen.
  • If you are in a group stay together, never separate.
  • Be aware it can take a considerable time for rescuers to reach you so your priority is to remain warm and dry.
  • Ration your food and water if necessary. Source local water if possible and safe to do so.

 

Information provided by Trip Intentions

 

7 thoughts on “Getting Lost

    1. Sometimes you can inadvertently end up on an unmarked trail.

      Generally an ounce of prevention can go a long way. When out hiking you don’t need to only consider the distance to the end, but also every single way point (such as junction, river, summit, land mark etc) along the way. Plus remember the last way point you reached. With a bit of common sense intuition this can help in aiding in figuring out where you are if you do get lost (at least reducing the potential area size down in pinpointing where you are). Plus will help prevent you getting lost in the first place e.g. you’ll know you should have reached x way point by now…

      Plus always having a good map and compass is mandatory. Whilst a smartphone certainly can help, you can easily run out of batteries. If worse comes to worse and you are not able to figure out where you could use a map and compass to navigate to a major landmark such as a river or road then work it out from there. e.g. walk due East until you hit a river and follow that downstream…