Lost in the Woods – What to do!
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Before heading out for your hike you need to be get prepared, there are too many instances where people get lost or the weather changes on them. While hiking in the White Mountains weather conditions change very frequently and things can get serious. Taking extra food and clothing supplies can save your life!
Even on simple Day hikes, No one expects to get lost. If you happen to get lost in the woods remember to stay calm and warm.
8 Survival Tips
1. Your Location - Before heading out for a hike, inform someone where you are headed – Tracking a person or a group will be much easier if they know the location.
2. Stay together, DO NOT Separate. You need to stay warm with body heat.
3. Do not Wander off - People can’t keep finding you if you move around. Your rescuers are moving slowing in search for clues.
4. Warm Place – You need to stay warm and away from the wind & rain. Also try to stay visible for people looking for you.
5. Carry a Whistle – Noise will travel for miles in the woods, so people will be able to hear you. Even on short hikes it’s smart to always carry one.
6. Wear something Bright – Bright clothing or something bright in your back pack, hang on a stick to attract people.
7. Cold ground – Don’t lie on the cold ground. You can lose precious body heat. Build a mattress with branches, moss and leaves.
8. Eating anything Wild – Be careful what you eat. Along with being hungry you don’t want to get sick from anything you ate.
(Note: If you own a Cell Phone, it may be a great way to call for a rescue. A rescue could take a few hours, so you may need to start a camp fire to stay warm. Basics are to stay warm and calm.)