Chapter16

How to Survive

In This Chapter

  •   Why hikers get lost
  •   First things first: basic needs
  •   Myths and facts about wilderness survival
  •   How to find your way to safety
  •   Building a shelter and lighting a fire

Not many hikers can truthfully claim to never get lost. No matter how skilled or careful you are, sooner or later you’re going to make a mistake. When it happens you’re going to pause, look at your surroundings, stare at your map again, and start to get worried. Then you’re going to make one of two choices.

The first choice, and the one I wouldn’t recommend pursuing, is to make poor decisions that will cause you to become cold, ...

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