Tips & Tricks
Going for a trek in the bush can be a lot of fun, but in thicker vegetation or with loosely marked trails it can be easy to lose your bearings. Although it is important to know what to do if you get lost, what matters even more are knowing how to avoid the many steps towards losings one's way.
Prevention and Preparation are the two key principals to surviving your trek in the wild.
- Let someone know where and when you're going out on a walk, hike, climb and even canoe ride, as well as when to expect you back. If you get completely lost, your best chance is for someone to come rescue you.
- Bring the essential tools and supplies
- High-calorie food
- Waterproof matches or a lighter
- First aid kit
- A buddy; there is strength and safety in numbers
Once on the trails, watch the signage closely. If you realize that you've gone the wrong way and can still see the trail or have a solid point of reference, go back the way you came.
What to do if you realize you are lost? The answer is STOP! One lost hiker can outrun an entire search party because the rescuers are taking their time looking for clues as to what direction the hiker went.
- Stop where you are, sit down and stay calm
- Think about how you got to where you are and what you recognize
- Observe where you are by any means necessary (e.g. compass, map, etc.)
- Plan your next move
- Is it possible to find the trail based on observations?
- How much daylight remains?
- Is it more beneficial to remain and build a fire and shelter or are you confident enough to find your way back?
Note that children are advised to simply stop and hug a tree!
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