We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain.
Henry David Thoreau
While one of the main goals of the hikeSafe program is to reduce the number of rescues necessary in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, accidents do happen. In these unfortunate situations, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and White Mountain National Forest, along with local volunteer associations, are always prepared to conduct rescues.
Organizations who assist New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and U.S. Forest Service include:
Many members of these organizations are active EMS personnel, and all are well-versed in outdoor skills, and all are invaluable to hikers in an emergency. But, the less they are called on, the safer everyone is!
Many times these individuals are putting themselves at personal risk in order to find someone who has perhaps used poor judgment and stumbled into a dangerous situation, especially when there is a severe weather situation.