Hike Safety: What to Do if You Get Lost

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Learn about the S.T.O.P method to follow if your get lost while hiking, backpacking or camping

This video is in the 4th chapter of our hiking program. All the others can be found both on our YouTube channel and website!

It's a useful way to calm down and think of a logical solution.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU GET LOST ON A HIKE

In this video, you are going to learn how to react when you get lost on a hike.

To make sure you are not lost for long, accept that you are lost and use the S.T.O.P. method: Stop. Take the time to think. look around you and plan.

Firstly, Stop. The most difficult thing to do when you are lost is to admit that you are lost. Stop, sit down and take a deep breath.

This first action is crucial, because you will think carefully about what to do next. Admitting that you are lost, enables you to find a solution intelligently and calmly.

Secondly, Take the time to think. Try to remember when you were last aware of your position. If it is not too far or if you are sure that you can retrace your steps, go back.

Otherwise, stay exactly where you are. Think about what equipment you have with you and how you can use it.

When in a state of complete panic, it is easy to forget that you are actually prepared. Have a drink, a snack, and get everything out of your bag that you could use to help you, such as your mobile phone, your whistle, your map and your compass.

Thirdly, Observation. Look around you, find relevant landmarks and try to locate them on your map.

If you are very close to a hill, walk to the top to look at the surroundings.

Finally, Plan. Stay calm and think about the options you have according to what time of day it is, you should also think about what equipment you have, your own physical strength and your location.

If the environmental conditions are favourable, you can then decide whether to carry on or not. If the conditions are unfavourable stop and wait for the emergency services to arrive On average, this usually takes 24 hours depending on where you are.

To summarise, remember the four steps of the S.T.O.P. method when you are lost: stop, time to think, observation, planning. Happy hiking!

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