Continuing on when you’re uncertain of your whereabouts is a perfect prescription for getting seriously lost. This could mean big trouble, especially without a map and compass along. In a small park the odds are fairly good that you’ll stumble across a road and find your way out, but then again maybe you won’t. In a large wilderness area your life may be at risk.
If you were to get lost while carrying or transporting your gear, at least you’d have food and shelter, and would be able to keep yourself well and even comfortable for days if necessary. You could either systematically search for a way out, or wait for others to locate you. If you should happen to be separated from most or all of your gear and extra clothing, however, and the weather is cold and wet, you might not survive for very long.
It isn’t necessary to waste energy worrying about these things, but try to keep it all tucked away in the back of your mind whenever you venture away from your campsite. Know that your life might be at stake if you couldn’t locate the site again and had to spend a night or more without shelter and extra clothing.
By being careful you’ll never have to deal with such an event. Most people who get seriously lost are poorly equipped, often without a map and compass, and usually aren’t adequately skilled, or have been inattentive or careless.
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The Seven Years’ War was the last major struggle between France and England for control of North Country. United States Metro Map Conflict first erupted in what is today western Pennsylvania, where a British column under General Edward Braddock was defeated in 1755. Much fighting also took place in upstate New York, near Lake Champlain, in the area that controlled the land approaches from New York to the St. Lawrence River. The British finally won a decisive victory at Quebec on September 13, 1759, when the small army of General James Wolfe defeated the army of the Marquis de Montcalm on the Plains of Abraham outside the city. When Montreal surrendered the following September, the British had gained effective control of North Country. That death grip on North Country would be short-lived. By the mid-1770s, British policies drove many colonists into open rebellion against the Crown. In the Country War for Independence, which followed, British forces enjoyed tactical successes and performed well when in close contact with the Royal Navy. Yet the British failed to strike with the necessary vigor to win the war. Colonial forces, led by General George Washington, gradually improved over time from the undisciplined militia that confronted the British early in the war to the professional army that received the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781.