Survival myths, a.k.a. urban (wilderness) legends are popular beliefs shared with friends that are usually very wrong. Let’s continue with myths 43-45
If you get lost, just keep walking until you find the way out.
Due to the adrenaline that gets pumped directly to your heart when facing unknown and scary situations, if you get lost in the wild you will tend to keep walking thinking that salvation will appear in the next corner or tree. This can be very dangerous and fatal since chances are you will probably get even more lost than you were. What you should do instead is to sit down for around 30 minutes, to breathe deeply and to try to come up with solutions considering your (often limited) resources. You might also have injuries and it should be your top priority to take care of them before doing anything else. For example, the mountaineer Victor Joel Ayson was found dead in the wild in a very remote location suggesting that he tried to look for a way out and he fell from a cliff causing him an instant and very unpleasant death.
If you are lost in the wild try to find moss, as it indicates where the north is.
You have probably heard this myth as a kid: “If you get lost, moss indicates the north side!” The truth is that moss does actually grow mostly on the north side, but also on the east, south and west sides! Moss grows where the conditions are best for it to grow. Wherever the surface of a tree is damp and shady, you will find moss growing. It also depends on other factors like geography. It turns out that moss grows on the north side on trees in the northern hemisphere and on the south side on trees in the southern hemisphere. Basically moss can grow in all kinds of places and locations so if you are lost in the wild, do not ever trust moss. A better idea would be to buy a good compass, a much reliable instrument than moss.
If you are stranded in a desert go find help.
Many people go look for help when they are stranded in a desert (their cars broke down for example). The nearest town should not be that far. However, most of the people who leave their cars in search for help are found dead not further than three miles from where their cars are. Conditions are normally extreme and therefore you should not underestimate the dangers of the desert. The wisest thing to do would be to stay where you are, try to stay hydrated by drinking water and wait until a rescue team or a car shows up.
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