hikeSafe: It's your responsibility.

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What is the hikeSafe program?

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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. The assets we use are created and owned by the hikeSafe program, the New Hampshire Fish & Game, and the White Mountain National Forest.
We are strong believers in safety. hikeSafe’s message can apply to any outdoor activity, not only 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. We know our customers love to get outside, and we want you to be safe so that you can enjoy it.

Donations to Search and Rescue

One of the most common things hikers are unprepared for is an unexpected night on the mountain. Many set out on what they think is going to be a simple day hike, forgetting to pack warm clothing in case of an emergency.
Minus33 collects any unsalable clothing: factory seconds, returns, or garments with minor defects. They are then assembled into “kits” – a head-to-toe outfit of warm clothing. The kits go along on Search and Rescue missions. Once victims are found, they can put the kits on, and start getting warmed up immediately. This helps to prevent or delay hypothermia.

Helicopter Used to Rescue 2 Hikers in White Mountains

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

Minus33 proudly supplies the following organizations with rescue kits:

Do you represent an S&R organization? Apply here for Minus33 rescue kits.

hikeSafe Blog

Read more on our blog for hiker and outdoor safety tips.

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