Why Hiking Preparation Is Important

Video: Officer Adam Cheney New Hampshire Department of Fish & Game “Hikers Not Prepared For Terrain” July 2018

Unprepared Is A Common Theme In Mountain Rescue

Current News Stories

www.CrescentValleyWeekly.com: 3/18/21 – Deadly Consequences Possible When Hiking Unprepared, By CV Weekly

www.whdh.com (News Boston) 8/7/21 – 7 Unprepared hikers helped off Mt. Hedgehog in dark, Associated Press

Los Angeles Times 1/13/20 Unprepared hikers rescued from Mt. Baldy area, By Jaclyn Cosgrove

Straight.com 10/26/20 Three rescue missions conducted for unprepared and lost hikers, including two individuals whose clothing froze solid, By Craig Takeuchi (Canada)

BurlingtonFreePress.com 11/5/19 Walking a trail: Here’s the top reason unprepared hikers need to be rescued, By Ryan Mercer

NewYorkUpstate.com 10/20/10 Lost, unprepared hiker relies on cell phone for light, falls and hurts knee: Forest Ranger rescues, By David Figura

Kansas.com 11/11/20 Blizzard traps unprepared hikers wearing shoes and jeans, Colorado rescuers say, By Brooke Wolford

Patch.com 10/19/20 Five hikers unprepared for weather changes rescued on NH mountain, By Jeffrey Hastings

NSNews.com 10/26/20 Unprepared hiker rescued from Hanes Valley, By Jane Seyd (Canada)


Stay Safe In The Backcountry – Learn The 10 Essentials of Hiking

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Trip Planning Resources For Hikers and Backpackers

Hiking Accident Prevention: The Cost of National Parks Search And Rescue Missions


Search And Rescue Missions Are Rising As More Unprepared Hikers Become Lost, Injured, Or Die In The Backcountry

O N L I N E  N E W S  S O U R C E S

NYTimes.org Pandemic Wilderness Explorers Are Straining Search and Rescue, By Ali Watkins 4/8/21

BostonGlobe.com Six charts Show The Most Common Reasons People Need Rescues 11/18/16

FoxNews.com National Park Searches, Rescues Costing Millions, Figures Show, By Amy Lieu 8/14/18

BioOne.com Dead Men Walking Search and Rescue In US National Parks, By Travis Heggie, and Michael E. Amundson  9/1/2009

Treehugger.com When Hikers Need Help, Who Foots The Rescue Bill?  By Laura Moss, 6/19/19

National Parks Traveler.org Search and Rescue Missions Cost National Park Service Nearly $4 Million in 2013 6/29/14

sltrib.com (The Salt Lake Tribune) Rescues Are Up 68 Percent In Utah’s National Parks, By Nate Carlisle 6/20/18

LATimes.com Chasing ‘Likes’ On Instagram, Hikers Break Limbs – And Need Rescuing, By Jaclyn Cosgrove 9/23/18

Adirondack Daily Enterprise.com  80-Year-Old Rescued From Mt. Washington May Have To Foot The Bill 10/18/20, By Michael Casey, Associated Press

ConcordMonitor.com Two Sets Of Unprepared Hikers Had To Be Rescued Off Mount Washington, By Monitor Staff  7/9/18

NewYorkUpstate.com DEC Rescues: Who Should Pay The Bill For Lost Or Injured Hikers, Hunters?, By David Figura 6/2/19

UnionLeader.com Fish and Game Weighs Charges Against Family That Left 80-Year-Old Hiker” By John Koziol, June 15, 2019

Three National Parks With The Highest Search & Rescue Missions 2017

Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, had 290 S&R missions in 2017.

Yosemite National Park in Wyoming, had 233 S&R missions in 2017. 

Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, had 165 S&R missions in 2017.


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Trip Planning Resources For Hikers and Backpackers

Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City..  For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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Hiking Accidents: Avalanche Fatalities Rising In the U.S. February 2021

Fatal Mountain Accidents During The Pandemic


More News Stories

12NewsNow February 7, 2021 – Colorado fatalities part of nation’s deadliest week for avalanches in more than century, Author: Makayla Richards

Achorage Daily News February 9, 2021 – Avalanche carried 3 men down steep gully Tuesday and killed them, report says, Author: Tess Williams

The New York Times – February 9, 2021 – Covid Restrictions Might Factor Into Avalanche Deaths, Experts Say, By John Branch

The Washington Post – February 6, 2021 Utah police: Avalanche killed 4 local backcountry skiers, By Lindsay Whitehurst | AP

Surrey-Now Leader January 22, 2021B.C.’s busiest SAR team raises alarm after 2021 begins with fatality, multiple rescues, By Sarah Grochowski

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. She owns this website, and authors each blog post. To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Disappearing On The Hiking Trail


When you set out on a hike, one of the most important rules, is not to go alone. If you bring a child, at least one other adult should also go along. 

Here are two recent stories about disappearing hikers. One has a happy ending, while the other doesn’t look too good.


Hiking without cell phones, or flashlights, a 51 year-old man, and his 11 year-old son went missing in Maui, Hawaii.

Starting out on the afternoon of Friday, August 9, they were reported missing 5 hours later by a family member.

A helicopter and fire personnel searched the area hit by heavy rains. The man and his son were airlifted to safety on August 10. They were very lucky to be found.


As of August 5, the search for 66 year-old hiker, Geraldine Largay was called off. Starting out in April, alone on the Appalachian Trail in West Virginia, she covered 950 miles, and disappeared near Mount Katahdin in Maine.

Largay was reported missing on July 24, by her husband. Among the 115 search and rescue volunteers, were dog teams, wardens, and searchers on foot and horseback.

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