No matter how old you are hiking is an adventure. It’s fun to go and relax and just be one with nature. I love to go on a trail and just see where it leads.
Our number one rule when on a hike is You Never Leave the Trail. But on those rare occasions when you spot that butterfly that you’ve never gotten a picture of or you hear the chirp of that bird you’ve been looking for for months and all of a sudden you look up and your lost!
Having two boys go through the Boys Scouts and Cub Scouts has really taught me a lot about being on the trails. About Bring Prepared. And while some folks joke about these programs, if you really look at what their teaching you can really learn something.
One of my favorite and most useful lessons was what to do If You’re Lost in the Woods from www.Boyscouttrail.com
- Stop, sit down, and try to figure out where you are. Use your head not your legs.
- If caught at night, fog, or a storm, stop at once and make camp in a sheltered spot.
- Build a fire in a safe place.
- Gather plenty of dry fuel.
- Don’t wander about. Travel only down hill.
- If injured, choose a clear spot and and make a signal (smoke) fire.
- Don’t yell, don’t run, don’t worry, and above all, don’t quit.
- If caught out during nightfall, find shelter quickly- a ledge, a large boulder, or a fallen tree.
- If without a sleeping bag, build a fire in a deep hole, cover 6 inches of hot coal (wood) with 6 inches of earth and sleep on the warm earth.
- Use leaves and branches as blankets to cover yourself.
While these are not all the things you can do to ensure that you are found safely, but it’s a great start. Again our number one rule is Don’t Leave the Trail, but sometimes you have to follow that butterfly.
When you hike the trails what are your rules to make sure you and your family don’t get lost?