RTC wrote:JTweedie wrote:Didn't see this, but surely there's no way of getting lost if you just stick to the path that you're already on? Even if a path branches and you take the wrong one, there's very little chance of being truly lost in most of Scotland!
You are assuming that all hills in Scotland have paths. I have to disagree with your statement.
But relatively speaking, being a small country it doesn't take that much to get back onto the right track. OK if you end up down the complete opposite side of a hill than where you intend to be, you're probably technically "lost", but you know what hill you were last on, you should have some knowledge of the hills around, and if you have a map with you, you should be able to work out roughly were you are.
In darkness or bad weather it can become really dangerous, but on a decent day it's hard to be truly "lost". I would say the person is just in the wrong place, but it wouldn't take much effort to get back to where you should be, even if it means walking a few miles further.
There are very few parts of Scotland that are truly remote and cut off from roads, farms etc, that's why I say in the majority of cases it would be hard to find yourself in a place where you've no idea where you are - that's what lost really means.