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Hikers Are Reminded to Be Aware, Prepared, and Responsible When Heading out in NH

Whether you plan to hike, kayak, climb, or engage in other outdoor activities, it’s essential to bring appropriate safety gear, prepare for changeable weather conditions and fluctuating temperatures, and inform someone about your plans.

Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to consider purchasing a voluntary Hike Safe card for 2024. Proceeds from the cards help cover the costs of training and search and rescue equipment for Fish and Game Law Enforcement Conservation Officers, ensuring they are ready to assist if needed.

“Individuals must take personal responsibility as they venture out, recognizing their physical limitations, staying mindful of changing weather conditions, and knowing when to turn back,” emphasized Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief Colonel Kevin Jordan. “Extreme heat and severe summer storms can quickly turn a routine hike into a rescue situation. It’s crucial for people to understand that the mountains will always be there, and safety should be the priority. Those enjoying New Hampshire’s natural resources should exercise caution, carry ample water, and have adequate gear. Reckless behavior not only endangers individuals but also poses risks to first responders.”

Colonel Jordan strongly advises hikers and outdoor enthusiasts to carry the ten essentials for variable summer weather conditions and unexpected emergencies, including:

  • Map
  • Compass
  • Warm clothing (sweater or fleece jacket, long pants – wool or synthetic, wool hat)
  • Extra food and water
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Matches/firestarters
  • First aid kit/repair kit
  • Whistle
  • Rain/wind jacket and pants
  • Pocket knife

For more information on safe hiking practices, visit www.wildnh.com/outdoor-recreation/hiking-safety.html.

The 2024 Hike Safe cards are available for $25 for individuals or $35 for families, valid until December 31, 2024, for both residents and nonresidents. Cards can be purchased online at www.wildnh.com/safe or at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Headquarters, located at 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH.

Additionally, purchasing a hunting or fishing license provides similar protections as a Hike Safe card. In addition to Hike Safe card revenues, the Fish and Game’s Search and Rescue Fund is supported by a $1 fee collected for each boat, snowmobile, and OHRV registered in New Hampshire.

Remember, hiking safely is your responsibility. Follow the hiker responsibility code: be informed about your destination and local weather conditions, share your plans with someone, turn back during inclement weather or when daylight is running out, and prepare for emergencies. Visit www.hikesafe.com for further details.

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