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Thanks. Going on my reading list. http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Person-Behav ... ikearizonaCanyonram wrote:Here's some "Lost Person Behavior" demographics as collected by author Robert Koester. . . .A good read . . . if one is interested in this type of profiling statistics. A must have book for anyone conducting SAR.
I wasn't lost. I knew exactly where I was. The trailhead, the truck and the campground were lost!!
Many times the best solution is to backtrack to your last known point or junction. Above all, don't make your situation worse.If you are lost, stay calm and stay put. If you are lost, remember the acronym S.T.O.P. Sit -Think - Observe - Plan.
SIT: When you realize that you are lost take the time to sit down and collect your thoughts. You are not lost, you are right where you are, your camp, vehicle and everyone else is lost.
THINK: What do I have at my disposal both physical and mental that can help me in this situation. Take an inventory of your survival kit items and how you will use them. Take an inventory of your mind, remember what you always thought you would do if you got lost. Most of all remain positive, you will survive.
OBSERVE: Look around, is there shelter, water, high ground, an open area so the searchers can see you. It will be easier for those searching to find you if you can stay in one selected location that will allow you to build a fire, provide shelter, set out signals and be in an area that can be seen at a distance or from aircraft.
PLAN: Now create your plan of action. Be positive and take care of yourself. If it is late in the day build a fire for heat and signaling, find or make a shelter against the weather, and most of all remain positive, you do have the ability to survive. You have conquered the major danger of not allowing panic to cast your fate you can now conquer anything else that confronts you.
Being a "City Boy" from Cincy' I have been slowly attaining the knowledge that most here would consider second nature. Hopefully I will one day be able to just what you discussing but the hardest part when it comes is how to break the news to my wife that she is going on "Survival Scenario" adventure. It wasn't that long ago that she told me that she absolutely never sleep outside...ever! Look at her now! Thanks Hike Arizona!RedRoxx44 wrote:Something to consider---and only if in a certain comfort zone for folks---is to hone the skills we were born with, and our ancestors used. Not so much the survival guides, the practice of it.
Every few years I pick an area I do not have background on, and set out with just the basics on my back. A little food, water, usually a tarp or not, and that's pretty much it. The purpose is to walk and stay out for several days. If you wander you don't burn a lot of calories, use what you know to locate likely water, and shelter. Sun and moon locations. The lay of the land and what it means. I don't take any electronics, maps or compass on these trips. The geology, and how rocks can tell you where things are. Animal tracks and trails. How the wind blows. When you aren't distracted a lot of this stuff is second nature and makes a lot of sense. Looking forward,around and back. Absorb the big and little picture of your surroundings. Being lost is really the last thing I worry about.
So don't call it that. Just call it a hike. :A1:WilliamnWendi wrote:. . . but the hardest part when it comes is how to break the news to my wife that she is going on "Survival Scenario" adventure.
I am not sure I could survive that scenario!Al_HikesAZ wrote:So don't call it that. Just call it a hike. :A1:WilliamnWendi wrote:. . . but the hardest part when it comes is how to break the news to my wife that she is going on "Survival Scenario" adventure.