HikeSafe

Preparedness is Important, Good Decision Making is Key
About four and a half years ago, just as I was just beginning to seriously get into the outdoors, I set off on an impulsive trip to climb Mount Holy Cross, one of Colorado’s classic 14er's. It turned out to...
My First Aid Kit
Disclaimer: Never administer care outside of your scope of practice when it comes to emergency first responding. Offer help where you can, phone 911, and seek leadership from those who have the experience and the certifications. The things I keep...
Promoting Safety in the Outdoors: Minus33's Work with the hikeSafe Program
Even the most experienced hiker has had the unfortunate experience of being out in nature unprepared. Whether it was getting caught in an unexpected storm, having a piece of gear break, or running out of water on a hot day,...
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...
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...
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...
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. Cows have light brown...
Respect Wildlife: Critters
Birds and 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...
Respect Wildlife: Bears
PREVENTING BEAR PROBLEMS 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. Black bears are generally shy and usually avoid humans; with their...
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. If...
Hiking Gear Guide for Kids
When you head out for a hike, you should always carry your own backpack. Don't make someone else carry it! Your pack doesn't have to be heavy, but it should have everything you'll need. For a day trip that means:...
Start as a group and end as a group
Whether you are hiking with experienced hikers or first-timers, it's always important to stay together from the hike start to the finish. If you or your child is part of a group hike, here are some questions you should ask...
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. Reasons you should turn back...
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...
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...
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. When you go on a hike Dress...
NH White Mtns: Hiking Above Treeline
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...
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...
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...
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...