Today I’d like to talk about what steps you can take in a few worst case wilderness scenarios. Many situations can be avoided by adhering to some leave no trace principles.
Plan ahead and prepare
Oh the 1st on the list of Leave No Trace practices is one of the absolutely critical steps you can take to protect yourself. No one should enter into a back country outing without being ready. Lack of preparation can put you at risk and possibly in danger or worse.
Always carry a map of the area you intend to adventure in as well as a compass. Learn how to read the map and use the compass. A small flashlight or headlamp should be included just in case you lose daylight.
A dependable cellphone on airplane mode can still track you or help you track your way out of trouble even if you can’t get a signal for a call or text.
I also recommend having a charging bank should you need extra battery life.
Travel and camp on durable surfaces
Once again a Leave no Trace principal that is crucial to keep you safe. Stay on established trails wandering off can quickly turn into a bad situation Should you become injured and you are not on an established trail the results could become catastrophic.
When the need arises and you must leave the trail for the call of nature it helps to have about five small bright pieces of cord or boundary marker ribbon. Tie loosely a ribbon on a nearby branch or root for every 20 paces you take off a trail. When the last ribbon is used walk another 20 paces and answer natures call collect your ribbons on the way back to safety.
First Aid kit
All hikers should have a basic first aid kit not so much for emergencies but for the unexpected nicks cuts or scrapes you may receive.
Your kit should include a some band-aids some alcohol wipes adhesive tape small gauze pads I also like to add nu skin for small cuts or for after the bleeding has stopped and the wound is beginning to mend.
BONUS TIP: Cut a drinking straw into 2″ segments squeeze triple antibiotic ointment ito a segment and seal both ends with a lighter result mini tube of your favorite medicines for your back country first aid kit.
Lost? Remain calm
Panic will lead to rash and often unwise decisions, take some deep breaths hum a deep note and clear your thoughts.
Repeat this process often and as needed it is nearly impossible to think rationally in a panic mode your mind will not be able to process information efficiently.
When you have yourself calm enough you can begin to think clearly and this will result in a better plan to return to safety.
Head for higher ground and water sources
In heavily wooded areas’ cell phones will not receive a signal. This makes a call for rescue nearly impossible check your map and try to locate a water source lakes sometimes allow for a better signal.
At higher elevations your phone will register 3g coverage but you need to be above 3000 feet in elevation.
When near a water source be sure to hydrate (filter or treat first) this will be the most important thing to remember until you relocate the trail or are able to call for help.
You can only survive for 3 days without water but 3 weeks without food so drink up as often as possible.
Stay tuned for upcoming posts
I feel this category needs more added to it and I will be addressing other aspects of wilderness survival in the future.
I will be making Wilderness survival guide into an ongoing series and you can help. Do you have a topic idea please add it to the comment section below.
Thanks for taking the time to join me and visiting my blog. I hope this information is useful and better yet never needed.
Remember your state of mind will be the biggest factor in safely getting yourself Found should you become lost.