3. Don’t Be a Lost Cause
Should you lose your way trying to find your campsite, stay calm and remember these steps:
1. First, sit down and take some deep breaths to think clearly, says Tim Smith, founder of the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School.
2. Find a big tree or landmark to make your home base, or what Smith calls the “hub of the wheel.”
3. Look for a distant object in the direction where your campsite might be. Strike out in a straight line toward it, leaving clear signs, like big sticks crossed on the ground, behind you. This is the first “spoke” in your wheel.
4. If your first attempt fails, follow the signs back to your home base, then strike out in a new direction—the second spoke. Repeat, rotating directions, until you regain your bearings.
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