I don't go places now,where I used to,either.
I learned backwoods skills and how to find my way around from my grandfather.....but I know my limitations now,and always carry a compass and map when I go to a place I'm not totally familiar with.
Thing is,I see so many people out on trails that have no business being there because they are not prepared at all.....dress shorts,flip flops,and no water is a good sign that if they took a wrong turn,or got a snakebite,things could go down the tube quick.
It's a wonder we don't read about more of them getting lost.
The old guy did stay put and that was what saved him most likely.