“They made up their minds
And they started packing
They left before the sun came up that day
An exit to eternal summer slacking
But where were they going without ever knowing the way?”


Back in the ’90, there was a popular song that hit the radio. The song was “The way”, and the band Fastball.
The song’s lyrics are focused on the misadventure of an older married couple. The two of them, in fact, packed their belongings and left home with car, without informing their children about their plans.

During the trip, the car broke down and the couple was forced to keep on by walking. Apparently, the frontman of the band took inspiration after reading some news reporting the disappearance of Lela and Raymond Howard from Salado, Texas, in June 1997. Back at that time, Lela was suffering from Alzheimer and Raymond was recovering from brain surgery.

Their bodies were eventually found only a couple of weeks later in a ravine close to Hot Springs, Arkansas.
They were hundreds of miles off their intended route.

On April 5th 2022, the Washington Examiner reported the news of a couple from Indiana who vanished in thin air in Nevada while on vacation with their RV.
Such news appear to be very frequent in times like this. People planned a vacation to eventually get into some mishaps which can easily turn into tragedies. In this article we will evaluate what we can do in such a circumstance.

The importance of having more than a plan

Even for the shortest period related to a brief vacation, the role of pianification should gain all our attention. This includes several aspects:

What you can do if you get lost in remote areas

What if you get lost in an isolated area?

If you find yourself lost in an isolated area while on foot, like it happened to the protagonists of the above mentioned news, the most important thing to do is to remain calm and stay put.
Panic can lead to poor decision-making and can make it more difficult for rescue teams to find you. Here are some steps (or general guidelines) you can take to increase your chances of being found:


On backtracking

Backtracking can be related to read your tracks back, reconstructing your trail until the starting point.
Nonetheless, it is also a process of reevaluating and rethinking previous decisions or actions to correct course or achieve a desired outcome.
Starting from this topic, here are some steps you can take to backtrack yourself:

Remember, backtracking is a normal and necessary part of life. By taking the time to backtrack yourself, you can learn from your mistakes and make positive changes that will help you achieve your goals.

Putting into use your Tracking skills

Following human footprints can be a useful skill in certain situations, such as tracking a lost hiker or identifying the direction of a group’s movement. Or, like in the case of getting lost by yourself, you can apply the knowledge that you have to backtrack yourself from the beginning spot of your travel.
Here are some steps you can follow to track human footprints, also yours:

Remember that tracking human footprints is a skill that takes practice and patience. It is also important to respect the privacy and rights of others, and to avoid trespassing or intruding on private property.

What if you need to survive for a long term?

Surviving in the wilderness can be a challenging task, but with the right skills, preparation, and mindset, it is possible. Here are some tips to help you survive in the wilderness:


Remember that surviving in the wilderness requires preparation, knowledge, and resilience. Make sure you have the right gear, know basic survival skills, and stay calm and focused in any situation.

Being stuck on foot in an isolated areas requires indeed cold blood, sharp mind and a good level of preparation. Deprivation of sleep, lack of calories and proteins can affect all your performance, especially in the phase of backtracking yourself.

By that said, accustom yourself to pay attention of your way of walking and get used to remember the design of your sole – also throughout taking a picture of it! This will help you in discriminating your footsteps from others, especially when it comes to the necessity to instantly recognizing it. Then work with common sense, always staying stick to the ground and to your own stride. Turn the terrain into your best ally also in such a tough situation.