hikeSafe: It's your responsibility.

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What is the hikeSafe program?

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

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.  The goal of the program has long been to expand beyond New Hampshire and turn hikeSafe into a nationwide campaign for hiker safety and awareness.

 

hikeSafe Hiker Responsibility Code

You are responsible for:

Knowledge and gear.

Become self reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and your equipment before you start.

To leave your plans.

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

To stay together.

When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.

To turn back.

Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.

For emergencies.

Even if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.

To share the hiker code with others.

How Minus33 Helps hikeSafe

Minus33 is an official cooperator of the hikeSafe program. Assets we use are created and owned by the hikeSafe program, the New Hampshire Fish & Game, and by the White Mountain National Forest.

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 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 reused 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. One of the main things hikers are unprepared for is an unexpected night on the mountain, and many set out on what they think is going to be a simple day hike, forgetting to pack warm clothing just in case of an emergency.

Helicopter Used to Rescue 2 Hikers in White Mountains

A Minus33 rescue kit in action in the Dry River Valley.

hikeSafe Blog

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