You probably saw the news account. On Saturday, Oct. 7, two hikers on Dickey Mountain Trail lost sight of the trail after the sun set. They used a cell phone to call for help. New Hampshire Fish & Game responded with assistance from the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety, Thornton police, and Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue.
I hesitate to play the blame game here because many years ago I became lost while hiking. It’s a frightening experience, especially back in the days before cell phones. However, cell phones are only helpful when there’s reception. And that can be spotty when you’re hiking in the White Mountains.
That said, please, please, please be prepared when you hit the hiking trails – even if you think it’s a quick and easy hike.
NH Fish & Game reminds outdoor enthusiasts to prepare for activities accordingly. Bring food, water, lights, extra clothing, a map and compass, and wear appropriate footwear for the activity. Familiarize yourself with hiking routes and plan to take longer than you think to complete your trek. As the fall season progresses daylight hours become shorter. Even with lights, hiking at night can be dangerous.