Do you know the difference between “lost” and “stranded?” Lost is not knowing where you are nor which way you should go. Stranded is [usually] knowing where you are but no one else seems to know where you are. Now according to most survival books, websites and search & rescue (SAR) teams…
RULE # 1 – Before you take off and go anywhere you should tell someone (a) where you are going and (b) what time you will be back or be arriving at your final destination. Just in case you don’t make it back or to your final destination within a certain time a search and rescue (SAR) party will know where to start looking for you.
RULE #2 – Should you become lost or stranded in a disabled vehicle or you’re a survivor of a plane crash, it’s best to remain with the vehicle or plane. As it will be easier for a SAR party to find you in a stationery position than to look for a moving person or a group of people who have no idea where they are going.
But if there’s no vehicle or plane and you are on foot and you have no idea where in the hell you are or which way you should go. Then again, it’s best to stay where you are as it will be easier for a SAR party to find you in a stationery position then to try to look for you wandering around aimlessly not knowing where in the hell you are going. Read the rest of this entry »