Col. Kevin Jordan: (603) 271-3127
Lt. James Kneeland: (603) 744-5470
Lt. Heidi Murphy: (603) 271-3127
July 2, 2018

activity-adventure-backlit-450062CONCORD, N.H. – With the oppressive heat we are having in New Hampshire, it is more important than ever to be sure to hike safely.

“In excessive heat, it is essential that you stay hydrated as part of safe outdoor recreation, especially hiking,” said Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief Colonel Kevin Jordan. “Hiking above tree line requires enormous exertion, and in this heat your body is losing water very rapidly. Bring at least twice as much water as you normally would if you are going to go out, and drink water frequently. If you start to feel at all lightheaded, dizzy, or weak, stop, rest, and rehydrate.”

Colonel Jordan recommends hikers “hike smart” and carry with them the top 10 essentials:

  • Map
  • Compass
  • Extra Food and Water
  • Warm Clothing:
    • Sweater or Pile Jacket
    • Long Pants (wool or synthetic)
    • Hat (wool)
  • Flashlight or Headlamp
  • Matches/Firestarters
  • First Aid Kit/Repair Kit
  • Rain/Wind Jacket and Pants
  • Pocket Knife

Voluntary Hike Safe Card sales provide important support for Fish and Game’s search and rescue efforts. The card also exempts holders from certain liability for repaying search and rescue costs.

There are three ways to get your card:

Individuals who possess a valid New Hampshire hunting or fishing license, or a current registration for an off-highway recreational vehicle, snowmobile, or boat, have the same benefits as those provided by the Hike Safe card.

Read more about safe hiking at

Learn more about New Hampshire’s voluntary Hike Safe Card and see frequently asked questions about the card at