Courtesy of the MABRC
When in the dark, a researcher can get lost quickly, so it’s best to go into your research area during the day and learn the layout and the terrain of the area before venturing into it in the dark.
When going into your area, even during the day, always let someone know where you will be at and what time to expect you back. This way if you don’t return, the authorities will have a good place to start their search. Always remember though, its best to have a research partner and not go out alone.
If you go into your area at night, be aware of the dangers, carry plenty of batteries for your flashlight, and also take along glow sticks so you can have plenty of light. If you get lost, stay where you are, don’t wander around, help will arrive if you followed the steps and let someone know where you were going and what time to expect you back.
Using a GPS unit that displays the route you have taken is always a great idea to have along, and is highly recommended. Going in with multiple research partners, everyone should have a radio on them, so contact can be kept between them. If contact is lost, the researchers should immediately backtrack to the last known location where they had contact at.
Review topographical maps, aerial photos and note the elevations, terrain features and other items of interest to help you find your way back to your start location.