Lost in the wilderness? Stay where you are

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) What should you do if you get lost while hiking? Experts say stay where you are and don't try to find a way out.

In Grand Junction, Colorado, the Mesa County Search and Rescue team responded to the call about a lost hiker Friday morning. After tracking the hiker's footprint for about a mile, the team spotted him near a tree, dehydrated and lost.

The hiker told the team that he became tired and sidetracked on his way back.

Search and rescue members said if you get lost out on a hike, it's better to let them find you, and not try to backtrack.

"When the call comes in we tell them to stay put, but human instinct, I mean, we all have it. The human instinct is to go and find a way out of the situation that they are in. The best thing for a person who is lost is to stay put. That way, the odds of finding them increase," said Nathan Smithgall, Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team member.

Smithgall highly recommended that if you feel lost, it's important to call for help.

The best way to prevent getting lost is to research your area before going out and to tell someone where you're going if you aren't hiking with a friend.