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hikeSafe: It's your responsibility.

hikeSafe, along with the Hiker Responsibiity 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.

 

Minus33 is an official cooperator of the hikeSafe program. The goal of the hikeSafe program has long been to expand the program beyond New Hampshire and turn hikeSafe into a nationwide campaign for hiker safety and awareness. hikeSafe assets used by Minus33 are created and owned by the hikeSafe program, the New Hampshire Fish & Game, and by the White Mountain National Forest.

 

THE HIKER RESPONSIBILITY CODE WAS DEVELOPED AND IS ENDORSED BY THE WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST AND NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME.

How Minus33 Helps hikeSafe

 

We are strong believers in safety. hikeSafe’s message can be applied to any outdoor activity, not just hiking. As New Hampshire natives, we are strong supporters of our Fish and Game and Forest Services. Our goal by participating as a hikeSafe cooperator is to spread the message of safety to our customers, both in NH and throughout the rest of the country. We know our customers love to get outside, and we want you to be safe so that you can enjoy it. Minus33 also donates our unsalable factory seconds, returns, or defective items to NH Fish and Game so that they can be used for search and rescues. Search and Rescue uses Minus33 products for victims suffering from hypothermia so that they can begin to warm them up immediately upon being rescued.

hikeSafe Blog

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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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