Have you ever thought about what you would do if you get lost hiking?
Its better to be prepared and know what to do before it happens! So we have a blog coming on this topic, providing you a checklist to make sure you are prepared to safely go on a hike.
Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy nature, but it can also be dangerous if you’re not prepared. One of the biggest risks of hiking is getting lost. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a beginner, it’s important to know what to do if you ever find yourself lost on the trail.
- The first thing you should do if you get lost is to stay calm. Panicking will only make the situation worse and make it harder for you to think clearly. Take a few deep breaths and try to assess your situation.
Retrace your steps
- If you’re not sure where you are, try retracing your steps. Look for any landmarks or trail markers that you may have passed earlier. If you remember the trail you were on and where you started, it will be easier to find your way back.
Use your navigation tools
- If you have a map, compass or GPS device, use it to try and orient yourself. Even if you are not familiar with the area, it can help you identify your location (using maps, mountains, the sun or other landmarks) and the direction you need to go.
Look for signs of civilisation
- Look for signs of civilization such as roads, houses, fences or power lines. If you can see these signs, it will give you an idea of where you are and how to get back to civilisation.
- If you’re not sure where to go, the best thing to do is stay put. Staying in one place will make it easier for search and rescue teams to find you if they are looking for you.
Signal for help
- If you have a whistle or other communications device (such as a phone or radio), use it to signal for help. You can also use a mirror or a flashlight to signal for help if you have one.
Build a shelter
- If you’re stuck during the day, try to find some shade and stay dry. If you’re going to be stuck overnight, try to build a shelter to protect yourself from the elements. Use branches, leaves, and other natural materials to build a shelter that will keep you warm and dry.
Start a fire
- Starting a fire is a great way to stay warm and signal for help. If you have matches or a fire starter, try to start a fire. Make sure you build the fire in a safe area and that it won’t spread.
Conserve your resources
- If you’re going to be stuck for a while, it’s important to conserve your resources. Conserve your water and food, and make sure you’re dressed warmly enough to keep yourself warm.
Don’t give up hope
- The most important thing to remember if you get lost is not to give up hope. Stay calm, stay put, and signal for help. With the right mindset and preparation, you’ll be able to get through this ordeal and find your way back to safety.
If you getlost while hiking it can be a scary experience, but it’s important to stay calm, retrace your steps.use your navigation tools, look for signs of civilisation, if lost – stay put, signal for help, build a shelter, start a fire, conserve your resources and don’t give up hope.
Remember, always let someone know where you’re going, what time you expect to be back, and always bring a map, compass, and a whistle with you.
Happy and safe hiking!