You’re Lost or Hurt

"When walking alone in a jungle of true darkness, there are three things that can show you the way: instinct to survive, the knowledge of navigation, creative imagination. Without them, you are lost."
- Toba Beta

"Lost is a four-letter word."
- BRUNTON Compass

The Worst-Case Scenario

It’s as bad as it looks. You’re by yourself, either lost or injured or both. You likely risked traveling alone, or through intentional or accidental circumstances became separated from your group.

Attempts at Communication Fail

There’s no cell phone coverage. Shouting and/or blowing your whistle has failed to reach anyone who may be in the area.

A Navigation Nightmare

You don’t recognize any landmarks, terrain features, or any sign of where you are. You’ve exhausted every possibility of finding your way out or returning back the way you came. You’re completely turned around.

You may have a map, compass, and other navigation aids, but are out of practice or have had insufficient training in their use.

Time is of the Essence

It’s going to get dark in a couple of hours.

The result is a true emergency. Your chance of survival may progressively decline if immediate steps aren’t taken.

Five Critical Steps

Five Critical Steps for survival are listed below:

  1. Stay Calm
  2. Stay Put
  3. Find Shelter
  4. Get Warm
  5. Signal for Help

All emergencies are different. The above steps may be rearranged depending on the situation. Immediately jump to “Get Warm” if you’re cold and need to layer-up before you do anything else. Jump to “Signal for Help” if you hear a helicopter overhead. And so on…you get the point.