3 Seconds without hope.
Building on our rules of 3 we know our priority is hope! Without hope we just stop trying and the likeliness of surviving a catastrophic situation is greatly diminished.
Although not particularly about remote survival more just general life I found this article:
Within this article it says: “Hope implies that there is the possibility of a better future. It shows up at the worst possible time when things are dire and difficult but can keep us going during those hard moments. If during the difficulty, we can see the faint glimmer of something better, then hope opens us up!”
It is this glimmer of a better future ie making it home alive that keeps you going in a survival situation.
In my opinion one of the best ways to maintain hope in a survival situation is to be prepared.
It is much easier to wait out a rescue if you know people are coming because you are prepared and have let people know where you are going and when to expect your return.
It becomes even easier when you are prepared enough to have a personal locator beacon on you, and you can set that off to speed up your rescue.
If you are prepared enough to have a survival kit on you with all the basics that you need such as shelter, water, food, first aid equipment and tools you are now basically unplanned camping.
If you are not so prepared, why not? I doubt your reading this blog in the middle of a desert thinking ahhh that is what I should have done!
But if you are not so prepared then maintaining hope becomes a little more difficult. This is when you are going to have to dig deep and use every ounce of resilience you have.
Not all hope is lost just because no one knows where you are, and you have no tools and equipment. People have lived millions of years without the relatively new modern comforts. You can too!
So dig deep! If you are with a vehicle stay with it, if not find a clearing and make yourself as visible as possible. If you can light a signal fire and place damp leaves etc on it to produce a lot of smoke and be patient.
The team at HSSA hope you are never in this situation. Remember always tell someone where you are going and when to expect your return.