How To Find Your Way Back To Civilization From The Wilderness?

Hiking, trail riding, and camping in the wilderness can be fun. That is unless you find yourself in the unknown terrain without friends, navigation equipment and resources of survival. A single survival guide cannot be perfect for all forests and woodlands in the world. The challenges in the lap of nature vary depending upon the weather, vegetation and wild animals. The conditions are a lot different from the favorite survival shows and challenges we like to watch on reality TV.


You might not even need to light a fire by rubbing twigs or spear a fish for lunch. Riding a horse in the wilderness is not going to be as easy as it looks during online streaming at TVG, but ten things you need most for increasing your chances of escaping the wilderness without a scratch, are already there inside your backpack. Most hikers and riders have enough resources and equipment on them to survive the challenges the wilderness throws their way.

The few components of your backpack that can help you survive include the following –

  1. A compass or a GPS
  2. Your mobile phone (fully charged)
  • Energy bars and water
  1. Duct tape
  2. First-aid
  3. Flashlight and batteries
  • Swiss knife or a small sharp knife
  • Waterproof matchbox or a lighter and some fire-starting fuel
  1. Space blanket, jacket and/or woolen scarves
  2. A coach’s whistle

These are the essential contents of an adventurist’s bag that need to be there at all times. If you find yourself alone in the woods, you can find your way back using the navigational tools, send SOS signals using your phone or a fire, or build a temporary shelter for yourself till rescue operators come to find you.

Always remember the following acronym when you are lost in the wilderness – STOP

S –Stay in one place. Once the feeling of being lost sets in panic ensues. Horse riders often face this problem since horses sense the anxiety and start to behave erratically. If you have forgotten your trail, stay in a place and send out a signal. The horse owner or trainer will come looking for you.

T –Think hard about any landmark you recognize or any way you can go back to the trail you came from. How long ago did you last see your companions? People usually travel at a speed of 2 miles per hour on a trail. This will help you guess how far you must have strayed.

O –Observe the space around you. Do you see a mountain range in the distance? Can you recognize any landmark or shape you have seen before? Do you see natural shelter?

P –Plan your escape. You should not leave a safe space without a plan. The plan must include all necessary details including summing up available resources, need for overnight shelters, calculating the amount of horse feed you have left and the number of hours you can travel before sunset.

In case you lose your way in Canyon County, you will find your way out once you keep going downhill. That is true for most national parks in the eastern USA, where you will hit the road or a trail if you keep going downhill.

Author Bio :Silvia Watson is a freelance content writer. She has written many good and informative articles on different categories such as technology, health, fashion, education, career, travel etc. She is a featured author at various authoritative blogs in the health and fitness industry and currently associated as a blogger with


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