Tim MacWelch, New York Times Bestselling author, survival expert and primitive living pro says that this kind of a story is amazing, and aside from people being impressed by the resilience of these girls, it also serves as a teaching tool. This is the kind of scenario that is relatable to everyone and makes adults realize that they, too, should be prepared and know what to do if they got lost. It also makes many parents want to teach their kids those same skills.
In a survival situation, you have two options - stay put and wait for rescuers or get moving and find help on your own. Tim talks about the different scenarios where each are appropriate.
STAY PUT: In most cases, conventional wisdom says stay put. Usually, there is someone that knows what you are doing and has a general idea of where you are. If that’s the case and someone knows your plans, knows where you are going and knows what time you should be home then they are your safety net. This person will probably worry if you don’t show up when you should and will most likely alert authorities which will set off a search and rescue. This person will be able to provide a location where searchers can look. Tim says that quite often, when it comes to search and rescue situations, the cases are resolved within just a few hours. Staying in one place and waiting it out is highly beneficial in this scenario, it makes search and rescue quicker and easier. When people get lost they tend to wander and most end up going in circles, Tim says. The danger of wandering in circles is that you may very well miss the search party, circling around behind them after they have already cleared an area. This can create a cat and mouse game in the woods, prolonging rescue and putting everyone in more danger. So, when people know your plans and have an idea of where to look for you, the best thing you can do is stay put.
SELF RESCUE: It’s never highly advisable to head out in the wilderness alone, without telling anyone your plans. However, if that is the situation you find yourself in and you are either lost or hurt, staying in one place and waiting for rescue may not be your best option. If nobody realizes you are missing, or if they do but don’t know where you are then it’s hard to put rescuers on the right path. At that point, you’re on your own. Tim says that you can stay in one place and hope that a good Samaritan happens to pass by and help you. However, in this scenario self-rescue may be your only option. Tim says that it’s important to make sure you are traveling a straight line, not circling. Using a compass, mountain peak or something else for reference, you can set out in a straight line and attempt to find a navigable path to help. Whether that’s a road, a power line, a river or stream or something else - staying on the move may be your only play in a situation like this.
Listen in as Tim MacWelch spills the beans on crucial survival advice should you be lost or injured in the wilderness.
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