Hiking

 

The New Hampshire Fish & Game Department says an injured hiker had to be rescued in the White Mountain National Forest.

Authorities say the 56-year-old man suffered a non-life threatening injury while hiking down Dickey Mountain on the Welch and Dickey Loop Trail on Saturday.

Rescuers from around the area carried the man down the trail in a litter.

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Authorities say a 78-year-old man suffered a medical emergency and died while hiking along New Hampshire's Mount Monadnock on Memorial Day.

Lt. William Boudreau of the state Fish and Game Department said the man, who was from Massachusetts, and two companions were on a trail in Jaffrey. They were just below the summit of Mount Monadnock when the man became unresponsive about 9:15 a.m. Monday.

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White Mountain National Forest officials are reminding visitors to be prepared for slippery rocks, spring melt-off and high stream crossing levels this Memorial Day weekend.

Officials say be sure to check weather conditions for the area that you're planning to visit. Some places still have snow.

Not all forest system roads are open for the season yet. Road openings are posted regularly online.

Most campgrounds are open, but food and trash should be properly stored so as not to attract bears.

 

Ken Gallager

Trails in the White Mountains could be more challenging this holiday weekend. As NHPR’s Sean Hurley reports many still show signs of winter.

It may be summer in New Hampshire but Frank Carus, with the Forest Service,  says most of our taller peaks don’t know it yet. "We've had a lot of snow," Carus says, "and you're going to run into snow anywhere between 3,500 hundred and 4000 feet."

Laid-Back Hiking

May 24, 2019

With temperatures warming up, you may be itching to get outside. But where to go and how to get started - especially with kids? New Hampshire is blessed with plenty of hiking trails, especially in the White Mountains, as well as networks of trails around its cities and towns. We discover favorite trails and uncover some new discoveries, and discuss how to keep it fun for everyone involved.

 

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department conservation officers have come to the aid of a 16-year-old who became ill while out on a hike with over 20 students in Easton.

An emergency beacon was activated in the area of Clay Brook on Monday afternoon. The beacon was registered to The Mountain School of Vershire, Vermont.

Officers learned that students and three adult chaperones were camping in the area. One adult was able to hike out and drive to a home to call for assistance.

Sean Hurley

If you’re looking to sleep overnight on Mount Washington in the winter you have two choices.  You can stay at the Hermit Lake Shelters near Tuckerman Ravine - or you can stay at the go-to-spot for winter climbers - Harvard Cabin near the base of Huntington Ravine. But, as NHPR's Sean Hurley learned when he recently spent a night at Harvard Cabin, the pleasures of those winter days are matched by their dangers - and the responsibilities of the two mountain caretakers go beyond simply keeping track of guests.

Wind. Footsteps. White snow.

Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests

Local forest stewards will get trained this summer on how to help hikers enjoy Mount Major more – without leaving as much behind.

The popular hiking spot in the Lakes Region was one of fewer than 20 hiking spots chosen nationwide to be the focus of training from the Leave No Trace program.

Leave No Trace: Finding Balance in Outdoor Ethics

Mar 7, 2019

New Hampshire's mountains attract visitors year-round, and avid hikers are the among the biggest ambassadors of Leave No Trace, a set of principles and best practices for sharing and conserving wilderness areas. But while most people agree on the broad strokes, sorting out the details can be an emotional and argumentative affair.  The Outside/In podcast team joins us to discuss outdoor ethics and how we enjoy nature.

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Jeremy R. Clark

The White Mountains are a legendary playground for hikers. For those who like an extra challenge there’s the New Hampshire 48 – the 48 mountains in the state with elevations over 4,000 feet.

But a new survey is calling almost all our summit elevations into question - and signal a possible change to the famous list of New Hampshire’s 4000 footers.

 

Something Wild: Hiking to Escape

Jan 22, 2019

Over the years, we’ve spoken to a lot people – mostly biologists – about how they were first bitten by the nature bug. Since these stories came from people who’ve made a living exploring, studying and maintaining the natural world, they follow familiar tropes: like an unexpected experience or sighting, or the influence of a parent or teacher who sparked that initial interest in the outdoors.

N.H. State Parks

 

New Hampshire's Division of Parks and Recreation is hosting hikers for guided trips around the state on New Year's Day.

The free "First Day Hikes" take place Tuesday in Portsmouth, Hollis, Milan, Winchester and Allentown. In Hollis, the hike includes a loop around Silver Lake State Park and a campfire with snacks and warm drinks.

In Milan, participants will snowshoe or cross-country ski through Milan Hill State Park, with snacks and drinks at a newly-constructed warming hut.

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With pleasant weather comes a busy hiking season in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. A misread map, a sudden storm, a forgotten headlamp - and suddenly a hike could turn into a matter of survival. We look at a new book, "Critical Hours," that offers a history and a celebration of the search and rescue workers and volunteers who save lives in the White Mountains.  The growth of inexpensive but sophisticated navigation devices and mobile phones have become part of the experience for both hikers and rescuers. We examine the impact of ubiquitous technology and the future of search and rescue operations. 
This rebroadcast will air Tuesday, January 1 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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Officials say falling ice struck and killed a Massachusetts woman who was hiking with her family in New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says the 57-year-old Wellesley woman was injured around noon Sunday.

WFXT-TV reports the woman was hiking with a group of 10 people on the Frankenstein Cliff Trail in Hart's Location when a falling piece of ice struck her in the head.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene and the woman was taken to a hospital where she later died.

The woman's name has not been released.

 

Something Wild: The Dangers of Hiking the Whites

Oct 26, 2018
Dave shares a few tips about hiking safely and conscientiously.

I rolled into the parking lot of the Mountain Wanderer Book Store in Lincoln, New Hampshire. I was there to meet two White Mountain hiking experts. Authors Mike Dickerman of Bond Cliff Books and Steve Smith, editor of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Hiking Guide. Steve also owns the Mountain Wanderer. From the bookstore, we drove to a nearby trail head for the Pemigewasset Wilderness Area in Lincoln.

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After a long week of news, this seems like a good moment to turn off the television, to log off social media, and go out for a long walk in the woods.

In Peterborough, the local library has teamed up with the Harris Center to offer a guided approach to communing with nature. It’s called Forest Bathing.

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A dilapidated bridge in a North Country wilderness area is officially slated for removal this fall. Officials in the White Mountain National Forest Service finalized their decision on the Thoreau Falls Bridge this week.

The old wooden bridge in the Pemigewasset Wilderness has been closed to hikers since last fall. It spans a rocky creek bed that sometimes floods.

District ranger Brooke Brown has now officially decided the bridge doesn't belong in federal wilderness, which is meant to be primeval and undisturbed.

Looking back on my past two years as a single person fitfully dating in New Hampshire, I don’t actually remember most of the first dates I’ve been on. I remember the second and third dates, in which conversation flows normally and you both feel comfortable enough to really learn about each other.

 

But on first dates, I enter a kind of fugue state, propelled by self-awareness and nervous drinking. I know roughly what was said and how much I should be embarrassed by it, but not much more than that.

 

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New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department says trail maintenance projects have caused hikers to seek alternate routes to the summit of Mount Washington, which may be resulting in more rescue calls.

The department says Huntington Ravine has been a consistent producer of rescue calls this summer, when many groups have been taking the Huntington Ravine Trail instead of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the summit.

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The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says two sets of hikers had to be rescued from the White Mountains because they were unprepared for the terrain and cold, windy conditions.

A 77-year-old Florida man and 71-year-old woman from New York were found at 11:20 Friday night off the Tuckerman Ravine trail after requesting a rescue. Both had hypothermia.

Volunteers worked overnight carrying them to the Mount Washington Auto Road where they were driven down. The woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

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Two teenagers from Massachusetts have been rescued from an icy New Hampshire trail considered too dangerous for descending any time of year.

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In Morning Edition’s series, Radio Field Trips, we’re taking you to places in New Hampshire you may not have heard about.  

For our latest story, Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley and producer Mary McIntyre visited Prescott Farm in Laconia for a moonlit night hike.

Do you have a suggestion for an upcoming Radio Field Trip? Click here to send us an email and let us know!


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Women are one of the fastest-growing demographics for outdoor recreation in New Hampshire.

The state Department of Fish & Game has encouraged that for more than 20 years with its “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” program, or BOW. It helps the department make money and cut down on preventable rescues.

NHPR’s Annie Ropeik attended the winter BOW last weekend in Holderness, and found out it’s also about women helping women learn to fend for themselves. 

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Dozens of bundled-up hikers tromped onto the snowy trails of five New Hampshire State Parks Monday, marking the frigid start of 2018 with the parks’ eighth annual First Day Hikes.  

The forecasted high at Wellington State Park in Bristol was only 3 degrees. Park workers handed out beanies, face buffs and hot cider as hikers headed into the woods.

Even the wind chill warning didn’t stop Kathy Bishop and Martha Doelle – both teachers from Enfield – from strapping on snowshoes for a trek up into the park's higher elevations.

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The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation is hosting free, guided hikes on New Year’s Day as part of a national event called First Day Hikes.

The department is offering five different hikes, from Silver Lake State Park in the southern tier, to Milan State Park in the North Country.

Each is free, family–friendly, and guided by either park staff or volunteers from conservation groups.

Something Wild: The Dangers of Hiking the Whites

Oct 27, 2017
Dave shares a few tips about hiking safely and conscientiously.

I rolled into the parking lot of the Mountain Wanderer Book Store in Lincoln, New Hampshire. I was there to meet two White Mountain hiking experts. Authors Mike Dickerman of Bond Cliff Books and Steve Smith, editor of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Hiking Guide. Steve also owns the Mountain Wanderer. From the bookstore, we drove to a nearby trail head for the Pemigewasset Wilderness Area in Lincoln.

From Small Mountains to Twin Peaks

Aug 11, 2017
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Diehard New Hampshire hikers tend to fixate on four-thousand footers, but as any peak bagger who's climbed Owl's Head or Mount Isolation knows, big mountains aren't always the best mountains.

On today’s show, a day out with a heartwarming hiking group that's been shouldering packs since 1979: the Over the Hill Hikers.

We continue with a seemingly simple listener question about the Wapack Range that sends our producer into a geological can of worms for this week's Only in New Hampshire segment.

And, Twin Peaks is back and weirder than ever. We’ll talk to Kristine McKenna, the author who collaborated on a forthcoming memoir and biography of David Lynch, about the filmmaker's life and career. David Lynch is being honored at this year’s Medal Day at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough.

This N.H. Hiking Club Has Been 'Over The Hill' For Decades

Aug 11, 2017
Photo courtesy of the Over the Hill Hikers

There are loads of hiking groups in New Hampshire—groups for women, families with young kids, birders...a quick search on Facebook will turn up one or more that fits your style. The Over the Hill Hikers club has been climbing New Hampshire’s mountains since 1979. Back then, the group's schedule was mailed out by hand. 

Word of Mouth's Virginia Prescott recently took a hike with the club, and came back with plenty of stories to tell.

Via the NH State Parks Blog

When we started asking for questions from our listeners about the state, we got pages and pages of submissions online; so many we couldn’t answer them all. 

So I combed through and picked one that sounded interesting to me. And that’s how I ended up calling a woman named Jen, and asking one of the stupidest questions I’ve ever asked.

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A Florida man is recovering from flesh-eating bacteria he encountered while hiking in New Hampshire.

Thirty-two-year-old Wayne Atkins of Miami has been hospitalized since Father's Day weekend. WHDH-TV  reports Atkins was left in a two-week coma because his organs were shutting down.

Doctors say the bacteria entered Atkins' body through blisters on his foot from when he went on a hiking trip. He started feeling sick when he got back to Miami.

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