Establish Location when Lost

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How to find your location when you’re lost

Nobody likes to get lost, so when this happens what do you do? Much of how you determine your location depends on where you are lost. Perhaps you are in a strange city, on a highway in a snow storm, or out in the middle of the woods. Each situation has it’s own unique challenges to establishing your location. Staying alive and arriving at your destination in one piece are all part of the Outdoor Survival Basics series.

No matter where you are lost, the first thing to do is remain calm, stop moving or pull over, and begin to figure out where you are. This can be accomplished in many different ways. If you are in a city find someone friendly and ask where you are, and how you can get to your intended destination. Don’t be shy, we have all had to do this at one point in our lives. Just try to do it before the squabbling with your travel partner begins.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Outdoor Survival Basics

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Know what to do when you get lost in the outdoors. Ten steps to outdoor survival basics.

Getting lost whether travelling on vacation, or out hiking in the woods can be a frustrating and even scary experience. While most people are found within a few hours of getting lost, others can spend much more time stranded.

There is no single reason people become lost and the reasons can vary from sliding off the road in winter weather, losing track of direction while driving or boating, to accidents while hiking or hunting.

Following these 10 simple steps and carrying the proper basic equipment will help keep you safe until help arrives and ensure your survival.

While actual priorities may change based on the situation, the topics listed below represent the most important things to remember and are listed in the order they should be addressed. When this survival series is complete, each section will link to a more complete article on that step. Make sure to read through them all.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Finding Emergency Food

One of the most important items to pack whether you are going for a hike, drive, or camping trip is some emergency food. As humans we never stop thinking about food. What’s for breakfast? What’s for dinner? These questions take on a whole new meaning when you are stranded or lost in the woods and are part of the survival basics.

Humans are always hungry, without food we eventually just die. Most people can go three or more days without food, but only a few hours without water before they start to experience serious health problems. If you find yourself stuck somewhere with little nourishment, try to limit your activity to reduce the amount of food energy you require to keep from getting hungry if you become stranded or lost.

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Always be prepared to find food in case of an outdoors emergency

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Trout Fishing Techniques

Types of Trout

One of the most widely spread sport fish is the trout. Trout and it’s relatives can be caught in springs, rivers, or lakes across North America, Europe, and many other continents. The trout most commonly found in North America are Lake, Rainbow and Speckled which is also known as Brook Trout. Trout are found in a wide variety of water conditions and plentiful in most regions.

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Trout is one of the finest game fish you can cast for. Great sport and great eating.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Finding Water in an Emergency

Water is the most essential nutrient to life. Humans, animals and plants all need fresh water to survive. An adult human can consume nearly half a gallon (2 litres) or more during physical activity on a hot day so access to fresh drinking water during an emergency is one of the most important parts of the outdoor survival basics.

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Fresh water is one of the most important aspects to survival

Collecting Water – The Tools
There are several ways to collect and purify water. The most important item you can carry with you, or keep in your vehicle is a metal container that is capable of carrying and withstanding boiling temperatures. A metal coffee tin, canteen, or even an old soft drink can works well. Make sure to remove any plastic coatings from inside the can by heating it before you boil the water as this coating can melt and contaminate it. Stainless steel water bottles of 500ml to 1 Litre size work well and are practically unbreakable. Read the rest of this article »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Establish Communication when Lost

Communication is all too easy in this day and age. Telephones, cell phones, email all allow people to instantly communicate with one another almost anywhere in the world. What would happen if you were lost some where either in a strange city or in the woods? How would you call for help?

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Establishing communication is part of the Outdoor Survival Basics and is essential to getting help, whether it be directions to the hotel, from a tow truck, or park rangers to get you off a mountain in one piece.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

The Compass

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A magnetic compass has a needle to point North or South, a capsule dial with degrees printed around it, a sight mark, and index line.

The magnetic compass has been used for hundreds of years as a navigation tool both by hikers and sailors. It is almost completely infallible and doesn’t rely on batteries or satellites to function. Using a compass to find your direction of travel through the woods or over water is very easy once you learn the basics. When it comes to outdoor skills most people think of building a camp fire or pitching a tent, but one of the most important skills everyone should learn from an early age is how to use a compass.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

When You’re Lost in the Woods

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Learning to use a compass and keeping track of unique landmarks such as weather equipment on a hilltop will help you identify your location if you get lost in the woods.

There are few things scarier than getting lost in the woods. Getting lost can happen to anyone at anytime even in places that are on familiar ground. Every year police and rescue agencies perform thousands of searches for missing people in the woods across North America. Most people are found safe and sound, but for others the outcome is not as happy. Getting found once you are lost in the woods is easier than it may seem at the time and there are several things you can do to help yourself be found.

Firstly, before venturing into the woods for a hike, hunt, or to play, make sure you tell someone trustworthy where you are going and what time you will be back. By letting a family member, trusted friend or neighbour aware of your plans you greatly increase the chance of being found before you even leave.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson