Long walk back
I'm going to tell on myself. Go ahead, get it out of your system now. All done? I was camping from my quad in the central Cascades, setting camp in a different place each night, sleeping in a hammock and eating freeze dried food. I had already set camp one afternoon, having slung my hammock and unloaded my gear, now I needed water. I have a Katydyn Hiker Pro water filter and knew where a stream crossed the trail. Having replenished my water supply I rode a little further down the trail (2-track) and saw fresh elk sign. I hopped off the quad and followed a nice trail for a ways. I decided to turn around and go back and promptly discovered I did not know which way was back. There were several trails going back in the direction I thought the quad was, but which one I knew not. Panic quickly set in as I realized I had nothing but a pocket knife and a helmet on my head. I had two navigation devices, compass, food, water, fire, everything imaginable on the quad but nothing with me. After wandering in circles I finally convinced myself I was lost. OK, not lost, temporarily turned around. I sat down. I didn't note where the sun was in relation to me when I hopped off the quad, but was fairly certain which direction was which, and what direction the road ran. Still....when all else fails, go downhill, which I did. Found a stream (probably the one I filled up at) and followed it, finally coming to another road I recognized. Took me 3 hours to get back to quad. Uphill. Guess what I'll never do again? Walk around with virtually nothing in my pockets. I have a fanny pack that I left home that I take hunting but not on these trips. That's gonna change. It has at least basic survival stuff compass, fire, space blanket, Life Straw, power bars. Oh and to top it off, had seen a bit of bear activity, stumps torn apart, tracks in the mud both large and small (cubs). I had a .........38 snub nose in my pocket. On the quad? Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 Rem. Mag. loaded with 240 FMJ's. 12 guage with buck shot. Rifle (albeit in .223) Been looking for a chest rig for the .44 awhile but hadn't got one so it was tucked away on the quad. Had I ran across a cub I probably would have been best off using the .38 on myself! A sat phone is probably in my future as well.