When it comes to getting stuck in the woods, one Lytton man did it right.

Search and Rescue (SAR) crews from Merritt, Kamloops and Logan Lake located a man they were looking for Tuesday morning, after an eight-hour search involving 32 people, including SAR members, police, ands two dogs.

The man, who is in his 60s, got stuck in the Botanie Valley area during a mushroom picking expedition.

The man was unharmed and able to walk out of the woods Tuesday morning when at about 11a.m. he came across the search party that was looking for him.

He initially set out to look for mushrooms on Sunday morning, and purposely spent that night in the woods, but didn’t plan on spending another.

When he didn’t return home as expected, his family reported him missing, Merritt SAR manager Lynne Broekhuizen said.

While picking mushrooms in a burned out area on Monday, the man found himself on steep, rugged terrain. It was also getting dark and started to rain, which made the ground slippery.

He decided it was too risky to continue walking and opted instead to hunker down for the night by building a shelter and fire.

“When you realize that you cannot safely carry on, get yourself in the most comfortable position that you can and settle in for the night,” Broekhuizen said.

“He did what you’re supposed to do,” she said.

Broekhuizen said the man was correct to stay in one spot, and have fire making materials with him, clearing brush and needles away to prevent causing a forest fire.

Making sure one is prepared for an outing outdoors and telling family and friends where you’re going and when you expect to return are important to keep in mind as well.