Concord, NH – Hikers, snowshoers, cross country and back country skiers, climbers, and all other outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase their voluntary annual Hike Safe card for 2021. Card sales help ensure that the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Conservation Officers, trained in wilderness rescue, are there to come to your aid if the unforeseen happens.
Valid for the entire calendar year, the 2021 Hike Safe cards cost $25 for an individual, or $35 for a family, and are good through December 31, 2021. The price is the same for both residents and nonresidents, and the card also exempts holders from certain liability for repaying search and rescue costs.
Cards can be purchased online at www.wildnh.com/safe and at New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH.
Because of this winter’s extreme weather and the rugged terrain that characterizes the Granite State, the Hike Safe card has become popular among outdoor enthusiasts, and revenues raised through their sale go to the Department’s Search and Rescue Fund to help defray the cost of training and equipment. Fish and Game Conservation Officers have already responded to numerous search and rescue calls since the beginning of 2021.
Purchasing a hunting or fishing license also provides you with the same protection as a Hike Safe card. In addition to Hike Safe card revenues, Fish and Game’s Search and Rescue Fund is supported by a $1 fee collected for each boat, snowmobile, and OHRV registered in New Hampshire.
“Whatever outdoor activity you enjoy—hiking, biking, paddling, cross country skiing, walking the nature trails in your town—the Hike Safe card is your back-up plan for the great outdoors,” said Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief Colonel Kevin Jordan. “Buying a card is also a great way to help support Fish and Game’s search and rescue activities.”
Colonel Jordan strongly recommends that hikers carry with them the top 10 essentials in order to be prepared for changeable weather conditions and unanticipated emergencies, especially during fall and winter outings:
Sweater or Pile Jacket
Long Pants (Wool or Synthetic)
Extra Food and Water
Flashlight or Headlamp
First Aid Kit/Repair Kit
Rain/Wind Jacket and Pants
Read more about safe hiking at www.wildnh.com/outdoor-recreation/hiking-safety.html.
While hiking map apps on cell phones are convenient, they contain mapping errors and are unreliable in remote areas with limited wireless service. Always plan your journey in advance and include the essential paper map and compass in your pack along with a handheld GPS.
It’s your responsibility to hike safe. Be sure to follow the hiker responsibility code by being knowledgeable about where you are going and what the local weather and terrain conditions will be, leaving your plans with someone, staying together, turning back in inclement weather or if you are running out of daylight, and planning for emergencies. Visit www.hikesafe.com for more information.