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Smarter Hiking - Tips for Safer Hiking This Fall

Sep 09, 2016 02:16PM ● By Ryan Frisch

Autumn is prime for hiking, but it’s also a time of the year when the weather is transitioning from warm to cold, especially at higher elevations. Here a few things you should know before you go:

  • In addition to the usual layers and rainwear, bring gloves and a wool hat. It might be 60 degrees and calm at the trailhead, but 40 degrees and blowing 30 mph at the summit.
  • Bring a headlamp or flashlight. Daylight is much shorter as the fall equinox approaches, and hikes can take longer than you anticipate.
  • If you’re hiking in New Hampshire, consider purchasing a HikeSafe card ( As long as the situation is not deemed reckless or intentionally creating an emergency, this inexpensive insurance policy ($25 per person, $35 per family) relieves you of the costs of rescue if you are lost, sick or injured in the backcountry, and it helps support search-and-rescue programs in the state of New Hampshire.
  • Bring water for both you and your pet if you bring it along. Streams often dry up by fall.


Photos from the gallery above are from the Fall 2016 called 6 Fantastic Hikes.

For more info check out these resources:

Hiking the Green Mountains (FalconGuides)

Hiking the White Mountains (FalconGuides)

Hiking the Adirondacks (FalconGuides)

Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont (The Mountaineers Books)

Appalachian Mountain Club,

Adirondack Mountain Club,

Green Mountain Club,

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