From the San Luis Obispo Tribune (below). Hmm. Maybe a compass really is important component in your gear.
Missing Cambria man found safe after six days in wilderness
Two days after Monterey County authorities gave up the search for a missing Cambria man he turned up safely in San Luis Obispo County.
Stephen Cunniff, 30, who has been missing since Thursday evening in Big Sur showed up on Highway 1 near San Carpoforo Creek and called his family to pick him up, said sheriff’s officials.
Cunniff had disappeared after his mother dropped him off to take a short hike in Big Sur. Authorities said they are still trying to find out exactly what happened but that by all appearances, Cunniff appears to be in good condition.
According to preliminary statements from the family, Cunniff had lost his way at dark on Thursday and spent the next six days attempting to find his way to Highway 1, reaching there safely at around 8:30 a.m.