Sounds like a new string of stories developing . . . here's mine:
Was first permit into the Desolation Wilderness (east of Lake Tahoe,CA) one spring morning from Loon Lake. Unbroken spots of snow on trail, here-n-there deer tracks. Ahhhhh! First human of the year! Yeah!
Hiked all day, then set camp. In morning, made up a nice breakfast . . . out of bushes 'pops a human!' . . . he was in tattered motorcycle gear, including boots. He was tired, hungry, lost, sore, etc.
His story?: Him & friend off for day of off-road motorcycling near the wilderness border; no survival gear, no map, no extra food, etc. He dumped his bike trying to cross Rubicon River, they could not retrieve due to water depth, so friend took off to get his truck. As they each had their on trucks, his "friend" abandoned him, and DID NOT REPORT!
The biker decides to hike out to try to find parking lot. Dark falls, but he keeps hiking, through streams, snow drifts, brush, etc. Finally, just before dawn (a little light) he somehow, by pure luck, stumbles out of brush and onto the trail/my camp!
"Surprised! to see me" . . . me surprised to see him! He tells me his story. I asked how he found his way? Says' "I followed the North Star" . . and points. "Ah!" I say . . . "That's Venus, you would have just keep heading West into the Wilderness! If not stumble on the road from Ice House to Loon Lake.
He was shivering, dehydrated, and his feet sore. Had him take off motorcycle boots—feet were TORN UP from hiking in them.
I dressed his feet, had him change into my spare clothing, wrapped my sleep bag around him, feed him (a lot), and hot tea. After he recovered, I packed up my camp, and we . . . ever so slowly . . . hiked out to his car that was in same lot as mine.
He changed into his own clothes, and I gave him more food/drink. I decided trip was over, so started packing.
I told him to drive to the Ranger Station, report his cycle in the Rubicon River, and notify his family.
When I stopped at the Ranger Station . . . yeah . . . he did not stop to report! So I did, gave them the vehicle description & license plate.
Shorter trip, but the memory was well worth it!
Just get to know the difference between planets & stars!