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
None of these people planned on needing to be rescued—in fact, most didn't plan for emergencies.
These rescues cost thousands of dollars; New Hampshire Fish & Game Department alone spends $260,000 annually. The cost would be even greater if it weren't for the volunteers who assist in rescues, giving generously of their time, using their own equipment and often putting their own lives at risk.
The standard of responsibility for hikers has been redefined by the New Hampshire Legislature. Hikers who require a rescue due to becoming lost or injured and who are found to have acted negligently, are liable for the cost of the rescue mission.
Money collected from negligent hikers will support training and purchases of equipment for volunteers of search and rescue organizations who help with rescue missions.