What If Your Party Is Lost

The first rule is to STOP. Avoid the temptation to plunge hopefully on. Try to determine where you are. If that doesn't work, figure out the last time the group did know its exact location. If that spot is fairly close, within an hour or so, retrace your steps and get back on route. But if that spot is hours back and you can at least make an intelligent guess about the current position, continue forward, but cautiously and with a sharp eye out for landmarks. If the party tires or darkness falls before you find the route, bivouac for the night.

Groups of two or more rarely become dangerously lost, even if they have no wilderness experience. The real danger comes to an individual who is separated from the rest of the party. For this reason, always try to keep everyone together, and assign a rear guard to keep track of the stragglers.

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