The longest journey begins with a single step.
Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching
|In New Hampshire, hikers who negligently cause themselves to become lost or injured - resulting in costly and dangerous rescues - may be billed for those rescue services.
As an example of personal sacrifice, in 1982, volunteer Albert Dow, an experienced climber, lost his life in an avalanche while searching for overdue hikers.
Remember, if you don't follow the Hiker Responsibility Code, you risk your own life and the lives of those with you - and you also put at risk the lives of those who would attempt to help you. You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared.
Also be aware that if you are hiking with your dog and your dog is injured, you are responsible for finding assistance to get the dog out.