Survival myths, a.k.a. urban (wilderness) legends are popular beliefs shared with friends that are usually very wrong. Let’s continue with myths 46-48
If trouble finds you in the wild, you will be instantly brought to a hospital.
In movies and TV series everything works out in the end. Characters might fall from a cliff, get lost in the wild or start drowning in a river. Normally, as soon as this happens, a magical helicopter shows up quickly and takes the injured person to the nearest hospital. A nice and attractive doctor heals the characters and that’s it, end of story. Again, this is too beautiful to be true.
Logistics are not as easy in real life. Helicopters might not be able to reach the place where the accident happened and the injured or lost people might need to be reached by other types of help such as hikers or volunteers. To illustrate this, it is interesting to mention the recent incident that took place in Morocco. In April 2015, three mountaineers were lost and injured in a place hard to reach by helicopter. When the helicopter finally approached the mountaineers, one of the injured guys fell off from a cliff during the rescue process and died a couple of days later. This shows that logistics fail sometimes and therefore, the story doesn’t always end well in real life.
Myth 47: It’s a good idea to climb a tree to look for the trail ahead.
Lost in the woods without anything to eat and nothing to drink…and you do not even know the way out. How about climbing a tree to look for the way out? This is a very dangerous and wrong idea. You might indeed be able to see how to get out of the woods by climbing a tree. However, it can also be really dangerous. Climbing a tree is something far from being easy and not everyone can actually do it. It is exhausting and you need huge amounts of energy, something that you might lack in this sort of situation. Apart from this, climbing a tree can be really dangerous since you can fall and get yourself injured or killed. Unless you’re an expert, don’t risk your life climbing trees.
Myth 48:As long as you can find north, you can navigate to safety.
Hollywood movies and other series have put the idea in our minds that following the north is always the best way to reach a way out if you are lost. But what scientific base or reasonable explanation stands behind that idea? None. North is as important as South or East. North means nothing if there is no safe location in that direction. Safety is our priority if we are lost and it’s not necessarily something we will find in the north. This myth might come from the fact that magnet compasses always point to the north and so, we tend to identify north as the safe route.
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