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    In 2003, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department along with the White Mountain National Forest executed a program called" Hike Safe." This program posts signs on major trailheads throughout the state outlining the Hiker Responsibility Code. The code applies to all hikers from beginners to experts.

    The code states the hiker is responsible for making sure they have taken the proper steps to stay safe while hiking. Before you even begin your hike, you need to know about the weather for the area you will be hiking, the terrain and what equipment you will need. Be sure to let someone close to you know exactly where you will be including the exact trail you will be on and when you expect to return. If no one knows where you are, it may make it harder to locate you if you get lost or injured. When it comes to the weather, use your common sense. If you see bad weather coming, then turn around and go back to base.

    Having the proper gear is essential to hiking safety. The gear you will need will depend on when you are hiking, how long you will be away for and where you are hiking.

    For daytime summer hikes, you will need a map, compass, warm clothing, extra food, plenty of water, flashlight, matches, whistle, first aid kit, pocket knife and a rain suit. You may also want to consider optional items such as rope, sunglasses, bug spray, sunscreen and a warm blanket.

    If you are hiking and tenting overnight, you will need to bring along a tent, sleeping bag, camping stove and fuel, pots and pans, utensils, plates, cups, food, water and toothbrush.

    If you do happen to get lost, try using your map and compass to get your bearings straight. If you still do not know where you are or how to get back to base, do not panic. Blow on your whistle to try to attract attention from other people. If that does not work right away, then use your blanket to keep warm and be sure to stay hydrated. If you have something bright to put on or something bright you can wave, then do so to try and attract attention. Keep continuing to blow your whistle but do so in intervals so you do not get tired. Do not lie on the bare ground if you get tired. Use your sleeping bag or blanket to protect yourself from the elements.

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    Re: Hiking Safety

    they can call it hike safe, i call it common sense.

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