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I Got Lost In The Woods Today — Had To Call ‘911’ To Have Me Talked Out!

by Anura Guruge


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Elevation was an issue.
No paths/no trails & GPS was telling me to go UP!
Did NOT want to risk going too far …

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The views from the TOP before I got lost.


It has been 27-years since I lost got lost in New Hampshire. Given the amount of walking/hiking I do, I consider that not a bad record.

Kind of crazy. Had a premonition all morning that I was going to get LOST! Maybe I set out to get lost.

Patchy snow cover. So, I couldn’t always follow my tracks.

The map on my Garmin Fenix 6 Pro is too small and NO bloody good with my eyesight. Yes, my fault.

I had GPS and Google MAPS on my phone (Google Pixel 4) and it showed me where I was heading. But, the terrain was not helpful and I felt I was going the wrong way. It was slippery and heavily wooded. I did not want to hurt myself. That would be have complicated matters. So, I called ‘911’.

They were very nice and I offered to pay. They didn’t come into the woods to get me out. SMILE. They also did not have a GPS that showed them where I was at any given time.

They basically talked me out. Had the two dogs with I. I had to make Braxton bark. They would listen to his bark when we were in range. That is how we walked out — way on the other side of where I had gone in. How did I get Braxton to bark. I would have to tie him to a tree and walk away. He would bark. Not ideal, but that was the only way. I never went far, and he could see me. So, he wasn’t really scared. He saved the day. The Golden doesn’t bark if I am around! She is just happy.

So, that was quite the adventure. ‘They’ were very nice. I knew a couple of them. Need to get a better Compass APP for my phone.


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A Delightful 4-Mile Hike Around Frozen Halfmoon Lake In In Central New Hampshire.

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Note that I said I walked around it, and not across it. This is our lake (i.e., we have beach rights to it and we live about 0.5-mile from it) BUT I had not ventured out on it so far this year.

At our end, as image two (above) shows it was virgin snow. Those are my boot-prints and paw prints of my dogs.

Over the 27-years I have lived by (or on) lakes up here I have fallen through the ice five times. Not in any hurry to add to that — especially in my old age.

Typically I wait for and follow well compacted snowmobile tracks. That way I can be sure that ice is thick enough. Today, I had no clue and this is still early days and we have had some unusually warm days. So, I (for a change (befitting my increased age)) played it safe. Stayed close to the shore, but as the GPS track shows I did venture out in certain spots. Once, when I was further out than I planned I heard the ice crack TWICE. Not funny.

But, it was a wondrous walk. I don’t know this lake as well as I should because we have never been out in it by boat. I swim, go out on it in my iSUP or a pedal-boat. So, I haven’t been all the way around. This was good. I will be doing it again. SMILE. I will keep you posted.


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A Bracing 4.3-Mile Jaunt In Freshly Fallen Snow With Mainly Blue Skies — In Central New Hampshire.

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Click to ENLARGE. GPS route/elevation map from my Garmin Fenix 6.


I readily admit I am indeed fortunate to be able to hike like this — straight from my garage door. This is what I call my ‘snow route‘. Straight up the hill (which is plowed by the town) with some detours into unplowed trails.

I went to bed knowing that I would wake up to snow. They had said 1″ to 3″, but given our 700’ altitude, on the side of a mountain, we tend to get more. And that was the case. Maybe 4″, but not enough to get out the snowblower. Anywho, I was going to walk, 4-miles (10,000 steps), before I tackled snow clearing. Proved to be a good move since my 19-year old daughter, atypically, was there ahead of I and had already cleared a fair amount. That was a bonus.

Lovely morning. Some dark clouds, but mainly blue skies. It was also quite warm — for this time, i.e., low 30Fs.

Nice jaunt. Loved it. Walking in the unplowed trail was fun. Luckily someone else had beaten me to it — albeit in snowshoes. I walked in the indentations made by them. That helped. Didn’t sink as much. On the way I found an unused, still-sealed ‘bear repellent’ can! Didn’t see any blood or any signs of a struggle so I didn’t call the police. What fun. Brought the can home.


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I Found An Unopened Can Of ‘Bear Repellent’ On A Remote Trail — Should I Contact The Police?

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This is NOT a joke. This is true. I found this bright orange, seal unbroken, ‘Bear Repellent‘ can on a remote, rarely travelled wooded trail this morning during my 4.3-mile hike.

Should I call the police?

No blood.

Person was on snowshoes so the snow was disturbed. Maybe ONE bear track! You can see it in the 2nd picture, top-left.

I would have thoughts bear were hibernating by now — but it has been a fairly mild winter SO FAR.

Haven’t heard of any missing folks. So, I haven’t called the police as yet.


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Exquisite 4.9 Mile Walk, In Mainly Virgin Snow — Central New Hampshire, December 23, 2019.

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Click to ENLARGE. GPS route/elevation map from my Garmin Fenix 6.


I know I am blessed and never take it for granted. I really do stop to ‘smell the roses’ even in the dead of winter. Today, was WARM. Hovering around the freezing mark. It felt like Spring.

This is my ‘backyard’. I don’t have to drive anywhere to enjoy these trails. I just walk from home. Took both dogs with me today. They loved it. They love rolling in and exploring the virgin snow. Yes, we did see some interesting tracks too. We are not the only ones that walk these trails. Some deer. Some rabbits. Some deep. I wish I could read tracks.

This was very rewarding. Just wanted to share with YOU.

Happy Holidays.


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My Walk In The Woods On A Misty (Actually Foggy), Moisty Morn — New Hampshire, October 1, 2019.

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It was a different morning. It had rained a bit earlier, but not anywhere close to putting a dent in our drought. I got dressed for rain, but it was just misty, mosity, damp and gray. It was fun. That I was not getting soaked was a bonus.

I just gave the dogs a short walk. I didn’t want them getting wet. Even when it is not raining they can get plenty wet from the vegetation. Dropped them off and then did 4+ miles on my own. I always enjoy walking on my own. The misty deadened all noise, not that there is much around where I walk. The vertical branches pointing north and south. Basically walking in tunnels made up of trees. Very pretty. Very relaxing. No wonder my pulse drops and my doctor is telling me to cut back on my blood pressure medication.

Well, I just wanted to share these with you. I will very blessed. That I get to roam about at will in these woods. Enjoy.


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Yet Another Walk In The Woods, ‘Chamberlain Road’, Alton, New Hampshire — July 16, 2019.

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Another rugged, secluded trail, through thick woods, v. close to home that I had never ventured on prior to this because as with ‘Africa Road‘, yesterday, I thought it was private — and I stay away from private property. Interesting and easy hike, though a tad rocky in spots and waterlogged at one end. It was fun though kind of monotonous. Nothing to see but woods and there is no reward at the end. Just turn around and walk back. But, great exercise and I got my 4-miles in. So, I am happy.


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A Different Woods, ‘Africa Road’, Alton, New Hampshire — July 15, 2019.

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Though this road, duly marked by the town as ‘Africa Road’, is just over a mile from where I live, I have never ventured into it — over the last 12-years — because I was under the impression it was a private road, I try not to trespass (because I am not good at forgiving those that trespass on our property). Then, yesterday, I was told by a fellow, local runner (40-years my junior) that it was NOT a private road and that he uses it — BUT warned me that it was rocky. That was the understatement of the week.

Wow. What a road. There is a MAGNIFICENT property at the start of it. It is them that had put up various signs to discourage folks from coming down the road. I don’t blame them. They have quite the spread. You can see that on the GPS track, near the top with a HUGE cleared pasture. As soon as you pass their property it becomes rough. Real rough.

Now most of you know that I am no stranger to hiking. So, when I tell you that this was, indubitably, the most RUGGED trail I have ever hiked you will realize how rough it has to be. The elevation wasn’t bad. I have done hikes with much, much more elevation. It was the trail itself. Rocky and rutted. No scenery or views. Just a rather dark tunnel through the woods. Quite the adventure. The dogs loved it. Had to cross a small brook. I didn’t see it and only noticed it on the GPS. There is a small pond off the trail. The dogs did find it because they came out wet. I just assumed that they had gone in the brook again.

Yes, I plan to hike this many times. It was fun. Very secluded. Tranquil. Not a sound.


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Abandoned Steam Logging Locomotives In The Woods In Northern Maine.

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Getting Lost On The Appalachian Trail For A Month & Then Dying Seems Incongruous.

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From Friday, May 25, 2016 U.K. “Daily Mail“.

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This is rather a disturbing story. I can relate to it on multiple fronts. I have managed to get myself lost (once quite recently) in the dense woods of New England. So I know what it is like. Everything looks the same. Lots and lots of trees. Given how dense the ‘brush’ can be the temptation is to try and take the path of least resistance. So it is easy to end up walking in circles. So there is definitely that. Though I do hike and have done day hikes on the Appalachian Trail (mainly in West Virginia and Virginia) I am not an avid-hiker neither am I an expert survivalist. But what happened to this poor lady just does not make sense.

She wondered around for 28 days plus she had a working phone for some of that time. You would have to think she must have had a GPS APP of some sort on the phone — assuming she didn’t have a proper GPS unit. You would think she carried a basic compass. Given that she was all kitted out for camping she must have had lighters or matches. Some people are saying that she should have carried a gun. But a compass, a GPS capability and the means to light a fire.

Why didn’t she light a fire — first day. If she was worried about setting the woods on fire she could have found a rock outcrop. Says she climbed at least one of these in search of a cell signal. The smoke, coming out of dense woods, would have attracted attention.

Plus, even given the vastness of Maine, it is hard to imagine that she would not have struck some form of ‘civilisation’ if she had walked in a straight line for 28 days. That is where a compass or GPS would come in. The time that I was most badly lost, with a 40 pound 3-year old in a backpack on my back, I walked looking for powerlines that I knew were in the area. Once I found them it was just a question of walking along them till I hit a road.

They say she had come close to a logging road. Just seems so incongruous — being lost in the woods of Maine for nearly a month.

This should serve as a lesson for all those that set out to walk through the woods of New England. You will be surprised how easy you can get lost. 


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