Follow These Steps If You’re Ever Lost In The Mountains

lost in the mountainsIt happens all the time – one moment you’re hiking around on some unbeaten path, exploring and having fun…and the next minute it’s dark, freezing, and you’re lost in the mountains.

So what do you do next?

Most people (even preppers) don’t know how to survive. Many people have all the food and emergency water in the world stocked up, but few know how to save themselves in this type of emergency situation.

Luckily, you’ve got this blog to help you. My job here at Survival Frog is to get you the best information for helping you survive a crisis – from getting lost in the mountains to a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI situation.

We all need to become better prepared – that’s why I want you to…

Follow These Steps If You’re Ever Lost In The Mountains

1 – S.T.O.P

Once you’re lost, it’s easy to start panicking. However, this is a bad thing to do since when you panic your brain freezes and it prevents you from thinking logically or rationally. So stop, take a deep breath, and focus on the S.T.O.P process:

S = Stop. Stop walking, stop panicking. Take a deep breath. Sit down and eat something. Have a drink of water.

This is step one because the more you keep walking, the further away you may be going from your destination.

Also – in the process of doing this, do not start running  through the mountains – this makes you much more likely to sprain your ankle or otherwise hurt yourself – and then you’ll be much worse off.

T = Think. Does anything around you look familiar? Do you recognize any of the landmarks around you? What direction were you heading in? When was the last moment you felt like you knew where you were? Where did you walk after that?

These questions might help calm your brain and get you back on track.

O = Observe. Observe your surroundings. What are obvious landmarks around you that might appear on your map? Look at the sun – how long do you think you have until the sun goes down? What survival tools do you have with you? How long will these last?

These questions can help prepare you to look ahead and figure out a plan.

P = Plan. Don’t start hiking again until you have a plan, and think of a few different ones before you settle on the right one. For instance – are you confident you could find your way back now that you’ve calmed down? Trust your instincts.

Check your phone – if you have service, call for help. Rescuers may be able to direct you back, or might be able to come find you.

Take out your survival whistle and blow three times to signal for help. Yell for help in case someone is around.

If you’ve got a flare, use it when you see/hear a plane approaching. The plane will likely circle back and help you once it sees the flare.

Get out your brightly colored survival gear/clothing – this will make it easier for rescuers to see you.

2 – Stay Together

If you’re traveling with another person (or multiple people), do not split the group up. Stay together, and work together to come up with a plan. This also makes it easier for rescue teams to find you, as they’ll only be looking for one group of people rather than several.

3 – Prepare To Stay the Night If Necessary

Look for shelter, especially one with coverage from the wind and rain. Be sure to pick a spot that’s away from a creek or river, as the sound might prevent you from hearing rescue teams.

Use brightly colored tarps or sheets (or a tent if you have one) to set up a shelter for the night.

Start adding layers of clothing to avoid getting cold, and begin building a fire – this will not only keep you warm, but it’ll also produce smoke that help signal for help. You can also signal for help by using a signal mirror or by going to a clear area and forming the letters SOS with large rocks (this may be visible to low-flying planes).

Also be sure to hang brightly colored items around you, as this will also help make you easy to spot.

4 – Find Water

Once you’re rested and/or are able to keep moving. Start moving in a straight line; obviously shoot for downhill if possible, but any direction will do. Search for running water.

Finding water should be your goal for a few reasons; for one, you can follow the water downstream to help get you out. Second, people/towns/animals congregate around water, and finding it can help you catch dinner and/or find people that can help you get home.

Third, finding a water source will help you purify it to make it drinkable and help sustain you for the duration of the journey.

Like I said, this can happen in an instant. An innocent hiking trip with friends can within hours turn into a disaster if you get lost in the mountains.

As such, it’s up to each of us to do what we can ahead of time so that, if we do get lost in the mountains, we’re able to be prepared, think straight, and find our way back as quickly and efficiently as possible.

We’ve got a bunch of survival gear in our online store that can help you be prepared in such a disaster. Using these survival tools, you’ll not only be able to get help and survive for longer, but you’ll also be able to become more dependent on your own skills and resources rather than on your immediate instincts (which are typically fear and panic).

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