What to do if you get lost hiking
Heading out on the trail? Correct planning, a map and compass, will help you avoid Getting Lost. But what do you do if you get lost hiking to ensure you get home safely.
Here’s a few tips
- 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) 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 or your pack cover 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.