Lost in the forest – The main survival advice that can be offered to someone who is lost in the forest is: stay where you are or find an open place that is nearby. Especially if you are like Hansel and Gretel (that is, children from 7 to 12 years old … not necessarily trapped by a witch in a chocolate house).
However, in the event that you decide to walk, it is recommended to follow the course of the rivers, as they generally cross populated places.
It is known that most healthy adults can survive up to 3 weeks without food unless it is cold. But the same is not the case with water, which is necessary at least within three days. The best source of water is a spring, but if you cannot find it then there is no other choice but to drink from a stream, although this can cause disease. Wearing the sleeves of a jacket tying them around the ankles is also useful to hydrate yourself: when walking in the morning on the grass, the fabric will absorb the moisture, and then you can suck the fabric.
Here are 7 tips for finding north, including looking for moss (it usually grows north facing, because it tends to be the darkest and most humid) or looking for spider webs (they tend to appear on the south side of the trees).
These are tips to take into account, because every year hundreds of people are lost in the forests around the world: precisely because getting lost in the forest is easier than it seems.
Expert trackers indicate that a normal person leaves behind 2,000 tracks for every kilometer he advances. Tracks like a broken branch, shoe prints, a twisted blade of grass. A team of trackers, three meters apart, can generally detect 95% of useful tracks.
That’s why you don’t have to move too much (as long as someone knows that you are traveling in that place). Because the biggest problem that appears when a person gets lost in a lush forest is fear. Fear activates the large muscles of the legs. People who get lost get into such a state of alert that they can’t help moving forward or even running so sickly that they forget to look for food and water in their own backpacks.
Young children between 1 and 6 years old typically travel between 1 and 2.5 kilometers. As survival expert Ben Sherwood makes clear in his book The Survivors’ Club:
The youngest, between 1 and 3 years old, are not aware of being lost. If they are separated from their parents, they do not have the capacity to find their way and begin to wander without a goal, although they usually do not go very far. They are usually found sleeping. Naturally, 3- to 6-year-olds are more mobile and understand the concept of getting lost. They tend to take better care of themselves than older children or even adults. They take cover in bad weather and sleep in caves or burrows. They are normally “strange resistant”.
For that reason, one of the most dangerous groups is children between 7 and 12 years old. Because they tend to run when they get lost and, furthermore, they tend not to respond to seekers until they are hungry and cold for fear of a reprimand.
Also, when we lose landmarks, we tend to walk in circles. The reason for this is not, as is often thought, that we have one leg slightly longer than the other, but it is ignored. Various hypotheses are considered, which are even associated with the way information is processed in two cerebral hemispheres. But there is no conclusive explanation as to why, despite our belief, we are unable to walk in a straight line when we do not have visual landmarks.
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