Safety

How to Stay Warm and Safe in the Backcountry
A short presentation to help you prepare for backcountry adventures including the 10 Essentials and what to do if you get lost. (PDF) (PowerPoint)

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Winter Recreation Safety
SPNHF, February 22, 2021
Cold is Cool . . . if you’re prepared. Learn more about the 10 Essentials you should bring when you are heading outside in the winter.

General Bulletin
UVWRT, February 19, 2021
Every day we are faced with making many, even hundreds, of decisions about how we will handle a given situation. And every time these judgement calls, small and large, have the potential to result in minor to serious unanticipated consequences.

Officials: Mountain Search And Rescue Went Up As The Unprepared Headed Out
AMC Outdoors, November 2, 2020
New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Lt. Jim Kneeland doesn’t go anywhere without his phone these days. Or his maps. Kneeland oversees Fish and Game operations in the western White Mountains and since the beginning of summer, he’s been on the receiving end of a seemingly endless torrent of calls for help. Not just search and rescue calls, but directional requests from hikers who’ve ambled into the backcountry without a map and gotten lost—often after dark.

Sharing the Forest: Hiking During Hunting Season
NH Fish & Game, September 2, 2020
Autumn is the perfect time of year to be in the woods: the leaves are changing, the weather is cooler, and the biting bugs are almost gone. There is also plenty of opportunity to see wildlife as those animals that remain in New Hampshire during the winter, and those species that migrate south, prepare for their cold-weather transitions

Be Aware, Prepared, and Responsible When Hiking from Now Through Fall
NH Fish & Game, September 3, 2020
Labor Day weekend kicks off the fall hiking season in New Hampshire, and in the wake of the COVID-19 public health emergency, many Granite Staters continue to explore their backyards, local trails, and other recreational opportunities throughout the state. Being engaged with the outdoors continues to be important for people’s physical and mental health. As the temperatures cool and the foliage begins to emerge there will be a surge in hikers hitting the trails.

Who Pays For Search and Rescue? Behind the Tricky Economics of New Hampshire SAR
AMC Outdoors, February 27, 2020
Rescues are on the rise in the New Hampshire backcountry, and they’re not cheap. We dig into the tricky economics of SAR and how to avoid getting billed for your own rescue.

How to Recognize and Treat the First Signs of Hypothermia in the Backcountry
AMC Outdoors, Nov. 25, 2019
AMC’s medical advisor, Dr. Tom Trimarco, discusses what to do if you encounter someone showing signs of hypothermia in the backcountry.

Search and Rescue in N.H.: Pushing the Limits
NH Public Radio THE EXCHANGE, Nov. 4, 2019
In addition to hikers on N.H.’s many trails, there are also a growing number of trail runners, backcountry skiers, bikers and climbers. As adventurers in New Hampshire’s backcountry press at limits previously untested or left alone, this trend is joined by modern technology in presenting a new series of challenges for rescuers and for society in general.

To The Rescue!
NH Wildlife Journal, September/October 2016
How do you find an injured hiker stranded in the labyrinth of New Hampshire’s wilderness? How do you carry an injured hiker in a litter down a steep, scrabbly slope during blizzard conditions? How do you hold back tears when you are told a rescue mission is now a recovery mission? Questions like these must be answered quickly and bravely by New Hampshire’s skilled search and rescue teams whenever someone calls for help.