Another to add to the list but this time involving myself!
Imagine my surprise whilst resting at a stream about 13 kms inside Thap Lan National Park, when a local guy walks out of the forest who has been lost for 3 days, going around in circles!
So we fed him and led him out on the right trail. Just goes to show, there are a number of trails in the area and when disorientation strikes - it strikes. I felt really sorry for the poor guy, he had run out of food and seemed positive there must be a village near by. He was 13 kilometers from the nearest habitation!
I think a compass is the most important tool in the jungle.
In most parks a basic study of even the most basic map will help you. If you know you started on the northern side of a road or river, the compass will lead you back and prevents from walking in circles. Surely it won't be easy cutting a straight path through the jungle, but eventually you will get there.
A GPS is great as well, but I always carry a compass as back up, just in case the GPS fails or runs out of battery power.
Glad these two people were found. Quite an experience to end up at night in a jungle with zero experience, rather low temperatures (especially for those dressed in skirts or shorts...) with unknown sounds.
It's just waiting for the day that all of us are no longer allowed to go without a ranger accompanying...
A full group of 27 lost in Khao Yai National Park this time. No fun, especially this time of year. A group of locals with 5 porters so presumably rangers as well (?). Its just so easy to do - even more so this time of year with storms, dropped trees, new animal tracks, etc.