That article seems a little much...she wasnt "lost", she was in the general area.
Myself...I've been significantly "turned around" but never lost...thank God.
I've been late getting to a morning stand and am panicked more because I'm pissed that I didnt get my butt out of bed on time and anticipate missing or screwing up good action for myself.
I'll share one panicked story though...
A few years ago I hung a treestand in a new great area I found on private property that is in an archery only area, the day before our NY gun season was about to open (which I hunt in a different area of the state). Ive been hunting the property for years, knew it well, but found this great spot I guess I just overlooked. It was in a pine tree and my climber wouldnt work. My hopes were that it would be hung and ready for me to hunt when I returned from a week of gun season. The week passed and I went in looking for my stand on a cold November morning. It was very dark (new moon). I got in early and thought I was in the right spot. Panick started to set in...in thirty minutes the sun would start to come up and I couldnt find the stand. I walked back and forth on that ridge but could NOT find the tree or the stand...or so I thought. I had no other choice but to post on the ground in the area as the sun was starting to come up. I was pissed to say the least...there is no really adequate ground cover, but I found a decent spot and nestled in. Well, I saw 18 deer that morning, 8 different bucks, including an awesome 9 point that almost ran me over chasing a small 6 that was chasing a group of does. It was one of those mornings you never get cold even though its freezing out...action all morning.
Long story short, someone stole my treestand...it was gone...along with all but one of my treesteps. It was though the thief was trying to "throw it in my face". Still havent seen anyone hunting or hiking or anything on that land...as I still hunt it today.
Thats a whole 'nother story. I learned my lesson after having a treestand, trail camera and climbing sticks stolen over the years...all from private land mind you. Now, I pack it all in and pack it all out. I wish I were a fly on the wall when that @#$% happens.