Hike Safe

Hikers on Franconia Ridge
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 New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department says at least 4,175 Hike Safe Cards have been issued in the second year of the program, bringing in nearly $120,000 for the department's search and rescue fund.

Card sales help ensure that conservation officers trained in wilderness rescue can come to a person's aid. The card also makes the holder exempt from liability for repaying search and rescue costs due to negligence.

The cards cost $25 for an individual or $35 for a family and are good for the calendar year ending Dec. 31, 2017. Cards must be renewed annually.

N.H. Fish and Game

 

State officials say a Newmarket woman injured while hiking in the White Mountains is the first person with a Hike Safe card to need rescue.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says 64-year-old Deborah Bloomer hurt her ankle around noon Sunday while descending Mount Chocorua. She was met by a member of the U.S. Forest Service and slowly continued the descent with assistance.

Eventually, rescuers from the forest service, local fire departments and state conservation officers used a litter to carry her off the mountain.

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New Hampshire’s new voluntary Hike Safe program is set to launch at the start of the New Year.

For a cost of $25 per person or $35 for a family, the Hike Safe card absolves hikers who need to be rescued of footing the bill for costly rescue operations.

You can purchase one here.

New Hampshire Fish & Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau joins Morning Edition to talk about the new program.

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New Hampshire Fish and Game officials will hold a public hearing on proposed rules to establish a hike safe card that would forgive hikers for rescue expenses they might face if they're negligent.

The hearing is scheduled for Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Fish and Game headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord.

The cards will take effect in January under legislation approved in June.

Proceeds from sale of the cards would help offset the cost of rescues, which range from $200 to over $50,000.

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House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on a bill that creates a program to sell "hike safe" cards to hikers that would forgive them for any rescue expenses they'd otherwise owe New Hampshire if they were negligent.

The deal reached Friday still must be approved by the full House and Senate.