What To Do When Hopelessly Lost

When hopelessly lost, do the following, UNLESS there are sound reasons to do otherwise:

  • Stay in the location where you first realized that you were lost.
  • Send off emergency signals: THREE gunshots and/or whistle blows. Pause, then repeat.
  • Make a fire IF conditions permit.
  • Stay as warm and dry as possible.
  • Make and consume warm/hot liquids as circumstances allow. Even hot water is good.
  • If necessary, make a very simple shelter
  • Protection from high winds and cold rain are the main concerns. If there is sufficient snow cover on the ground, use a stick to cut blocks to set up a small, square seating shelter. Use pine branches for insulation under feet, seat and behind your back.
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