Category Archives: Hiking Survival

Why Hiking Preparation Is Important

Video: Officer Adam Cheney New Hampshire Department of Fish & Game “Hikers Not Prepared For Terrain” July 2018

Unprepared Is A Common Theme In Mountain Rescue

Current News Stories 3/18/21 – Deadly Consequences Possible When Hiking Unprepared, By CV Weekly (News Boston) 8/7/21 – 7 Unprepared hikers helped off Mt. Hedgehog in dark, Associated Press

Los Angeles Times 1/13/20 Unprepared hikers rescued from Mt. Baldy area, By Jaclyn Cosgrove 10/26/20 Three rescue missions conducted for unprepared and lost hikers, including two individuals whose clothing froze solid, By Craig Takeuchi (Canada) 11/5/19 Walking a trail: Here’s the top reason unprepared hikers need to be rescued, By Ryan Mercer 10/20/10 Lost, unprepared hiker relies on cell phone for light, falls and hurts knee: Forest Ranger rescues, By David Figura 11/11/20 Blizzard traps unprepared hikers wearing shoes and jeans, Colorado rescuers say, By Brooke Wolford 10/19/20 Five hikers unprepared for weather changes rescued on NH mountain, By Jeffrey Hastings 10/26/20 Unprepared hiker rescued from Hanes Valley, By Jane Seyd (Canada)


Stay Safe In The Backcountry – Learn The 10 Essentials of Hiking

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Trip Planning Resources For Hikers and Backpackers

Hiking Accident Prevention: Why You Should Use A Compass and Map

A Map & Compass Are Hiking Survival Tools

Why should you learn to use a compass and map, when all you need is your GPS device?

The reason is battery failure. It’s ok to bring your GPS and cell phone, but don’t rely on them. In many wilderness areas, cell phone signals are weak or don’t exist.

If you’re not familiar with reading a map and compass, learn how to use them before your next trip. And then, put them in your pack for your next hike, even if it’s only for a day.

A compass and map applies to all skill levels, and is one of the 10 Essentials of Hiking.

Hikers sometimes get lost, or injured. If your device fails, or you aren’t carrying one, a map and compass could save you from hypothermia, or heat exhaustion.

Trail maps for U.S. national parks and U.S. forests can be ordered online from the U.S. Forest Service, and National Geographic, Click this link for State trail maps.

Where to buy a trail compass; Sporting goods stores,, Amazon.


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Trip Planning Resources For Hikers and Backpackers


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