Woods & Mountains

What to Do If You Get Lost While Hiking

Keep your head to get found, and learn how to hike smarter next time
By Mike McQuaide
Published: April 1, 2012
lost hiking
ADVENTURE CALLS – If you’re smart about heading into the unknown, you’ll improve your chances of getting back safely.
Maybe all you wanted to do was scramble up that forested hillside across the lake to see if there was a view from atop the ridge. So you headed off-trail, confident that if you just kept walking in one direction you’d soon be savoring a spectacular wide-open view. But a funny thing (that’s actually not so funny) happens.

The forest turns out to be more vast than you imagined, and the terrain changes: It climbs a bit, it dips a bit, it flattens out. Soon you realize you have no idea which direction you’re heading toward or – gulp – which direction you came from. In short, you’re lost. Now what? Just remember to STOP.
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