|Written by Bill Hanks|
More and more individuals are backpacking deep into the wilderness. ¬†There is not a day that goes by that somebody doesn't get lost. ¬†Losing your way is part of the backpacking experience. ¬†The key is to prevent getting lost and what to do if you do. ¬†This article looks at how to prevent yourself from getting lost and what to do, if you do get lost. ¬†The following tips were given by John at the web site Outdoors With Dave.com.
Step One; ¬†Be proactive in your approach. ¬†Make sure everyone has a map and compass in your group. ¬†Tell others where you expect to be each day. ¬†Carry a cellphone with a fully charged battery. ¬†Review what to do if you would get lost. ¬†Know your backpacking area. ¬†Study the area before entering. ¬†Finally check in at certain times.u
Step Two; ¬†Always pay attention to the trail that you are on. ¬†Take a break. ¬†Fatigue can lead to bad decisions.
Step Three; ¬†Stay in groups of at least three or more.
Step Four; ¬†When backpacking in a remote area, carry a mirror, matches, sharp knife or hatchet and clean water.
Step Five; ¬†Consider carrying a little extra food, clothing and first aid equipment.
What to do if your get lost.
Step One; ¬†Stay calm and keep your head clear.
Step Two; ¬†Back track your past steps until you find a familiar marker.
Step Three; ¬†If it is getting late, build a fire for light and warmth.
Step Four; ¬†Stay close to an open area, so you can be seen from the air.
Step Five; ¬†Build a smokey fire at your location.
Step Six; ¬†Ration food and water. ¬†Stay put. ¬†Don't get any more lost than you already are.
Your most powerful tool is fire. ¬†Always take care of your matches and fire pit. ¬†Keep the faith and make do with what you have, ¬†Improvise, when you must.