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Read Before You Go

Read before you go.


There is an abundance of resources available these days to anyone looking to hit the trails. I encourage everyone to get a good guide book and map to plan their trip. Even with those available, use your common sense when out there.READ MORE

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Unfinished Business

Unfinished business: a trip back to where I left off


This summer, I felt ready.

I was going back to Pioneer Peak. Last year I got to the South Summit and back, after a fairly strenuous 10 hour-hike, over 12 miles and 6000 ft of elevation gain.
A ridge separates the South from the North Summit. There is only a 50 feet difference in height between the two summits, but I felt compelled to get to the top of the highest one. The ridge that separates the two peaks is pretty exposed and requires some fairly descent scrambling skills. I knew it could still be challenging but I wanted to try it.READ MORE

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When Summit Fever Takes Over

It’s 2am and we are speeding down a dark, empty highway, less than an hour after our plane landed in Ecuador. In the seats behind a taxi driver whose language I do not speak well, we are completely unaware of where we are or the direction we should be going in. The altitude and anxiety are kicking into full gear just as we finally pull up to the home of our host family. We sigh with relief as a friendly face helps us out of our car and greets us in broken English. Up until that moment, the limits of my comfort had never been pushed so far.READ MORE

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Respect Wildlife: Moose

Moose may be New Hampshire’s best-known residents; there are an estimated 9,600 in the state. The largest land mammal in New Hampshire, an adult moose averages 1,000 pounds and is 6 feet tall at the shoulder. READ MORE

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Respect Wildlife: Critters


According to the U.S. Forest Service, there are 183 species of birds in the White Mountain National Forest: 38 species are found year round, 35 are migrants or winter species, and 110 are found during the summer months. In addition, deer, fox, raccoons, squirrels and many other mammals and amphibians may be seen.

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Respect Wildlife: Bears



Black bears are found all over New Hampshire. Females typically weight 125 to 150 pounds while adult males tip the scales at 200 to 250 pounds.

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Respect Wildlife

It’s estimated that between 94% and 97% of New Hampshire is undeveloped land, making vast amounts available for natural wildlife habitat. Some of the finest wildlife watching in the state can be enjoyed while hiking in the White Mountains.

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Be Prepared to Turn Back

Be prepared to turn back


One of the most common mistakes hikers make is the failure to turn back. Although “summit fever” can be a persuasive emotion, ambition is not a good reason to put oneself in a dangerous situation.

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Avalanches and Ice Falls

An avalanche is a very real winter hazard, especially in steeper ravines. Everyone in your group should have a good knowledge of avalanche safety. Education and training are critical, so each member of your group should take an avalanche safety course.

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A Guide To Hiking With Your Dog

Hiking with your dog can add a wonderful dimension to your time on the trail—but you need to plan before you go. Note: In most states, if your dog is injured, search and rescue will not assist you. Be prepared to rescue your pet or find assistance on your own.READ MORE

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A Child’s Guide to Hiking

A Child’s Guide to Hiking


Going for a hike can be a fun way to spend time in the outdoors. You may see plants and animals you’ve never seen before, and you’ll go places that only hikers go.


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NH White Mountains: The Lay of the Land

The White Mountains include a huge variety of terrain, from windswept alpine areas above treeline to dense boreal forests, sheer cliffs and low-lying intervale and swamp land. There are 48 peaks over 4,000 feet in the White Mountains, and a number of notches (called passes or gaps in other mountainous regions). These include Pinkham, Crawford, Franconia, Bear, Kinsman, Jefferson, and Carter Notches. The terrain can be very steep and rocky, so plan accordingly, as short sections of trail can take much longer than anticipated.


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Leave Your Plans

Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you will return and your emergency plans.

Your hike begins before you reach the trailhead. It’s important that you research, write down and distribute your plan before you leave. Include:READ MORE

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Prevent Injuries on the Trail

Injuries and afflictions on the trail

Accidents happen to even the most experienced and best prepared hikers. That’s why it’s important that you know how to rescue yourself if you’re injured or become ill on the trail.

  • Be prepared with knowledge: of the terrain, first aid, how to stay warm and dry.
  • Be prepared with gear. If you take a fall on a day hike, you may have to spend the night. Have what you need to stay warm, dry, hydrated. Matches, flashlight, whistle and other items in your pack you thought you’d never need may mean the difference between getting home quickly and safely – or not at all.


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Check the Weather…Then Check Again

Weather can be harsh and changeable


You should always take the weather into consideration before setting out on any hike. If you’re hiking in a mountainous area, be aware that weather in the mountains is generally colder and more severe than in the valleys—and the weather can change quickly. Often in higher elevations, especially above treeline, rain, snow and fog are possible at any time of the year.


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The Hiker’s Responsibility Code

How To Prepare For A Successful Hike

Preparation is key for anything you do in life, and hiking is no exception. Preparing ahead of time for hiking adventures will help keep yourself and others safe, and will make it easy to have fun once you get out on the trail. Knowing The Hiker’s Responsibility Code, developed by the White Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire Fish & Game, should be your first step in preparing for hikes.


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What to Take on the Trail: Proper Gear and Clothing

Having the right gear on the trail is important for safety, comfort, and enjoyment. The list of clothing and equipment below is recommended by the New Hampshire Fish & Game to bring with you any time you’re venturing onto the trail. You can learn more on the hikeSafe web site.


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Why You Need to Prepare for Your Hike

I have been learning how to hike for a few years now. I know it may sound silly to learn how to hike, but there is so much more to hiking than throwing on a pack with some granola bars and water in it and setting off to find the best views the mountains have to offer. There is a lot of preparation and research that has to be done in order to assure you did everything possible to be prepared and return safely.


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Minus33 Partners with hikeSafe Program

What is hikeSafe?


hikeSafe, along with the Hiker Responsibility Code, was developed as a joint program between the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHF&G) to create and develop a Mountain Safety Education Program – the first of its kind – for New Hampshire.