Hiker's decision to stay put was the right one, at first

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Officials say a Tennessee hiker who died after getting lost in Maine did the right thing by setting up camp to wait for help. But they say her situation evolved into a gray area after she went a week without being found.

It appears that 66-year-old Geraldine Largay did what she was supposed to do when she became disoriented after going off the Appalachian Trail in 2013.

She had most of the items on hikers' "10 essential" list and was equipped to survive when she hunkered down to await rescue.

Maine Warden Service Cpl. John MacDonald says it's up to hikers to decide whether to continue to stay put if days pass without a rescue. He says some may choose to stay while others may choose to "charge on."