Matt Lepore

-Dress for the conditions. Avoid cotton clothing. Wear appropriate footwear for the snow.
-A walking stick or pole can help you keep balance.
-Remember to stay hydrated. 
-Familiarize yourself with legitimate trail maps. Reach out to the land manager for further information about the land and trails you plan on hiking.
-Plan a trip you and your companions feel comfortable doing. 
-Leave a trip itinerary with a relative or someone close to you. 
-Check the weather forecast for anticipated conditions. If the weather turns bad, consider turning back. 
-Bring a charged cell phone. 
-Avoid unfamiliar areas and stay on the trail. There may be a hazard not visible to you. Trail conditions can change since your last trip, even if it was recent. 

-Bringing the ten essentials with you is recommended. 

  1. Navigation: map, altimeter, compass, [GPS device], [PLB, satellite communicator, or satellite phone], [extra batteries or battery pack]
  2. Headlamp: plus extra batteries
  3. Sun protection: sunglasses, sun-protective clothes, and sunscreen
  4. First aid: including foot care and insect repellent (if required)
  5. Knife: plus repair kit
  6. Fire: matches, lighter and tinder, or stove as appropriate
  7. Shelter: carried at all times (can be a lightweight emergency bivy)
  8. Extra food: beyond minimum expectation
  9. Extra water: beyond minimum expectation, or the means to purify
  10. Extra clothes: sufficient to survive an emergency overnight

-Do not hesitate to contact officials for help or questions. You can save the following phone numbers in case you need to reach out during your hike. Enjoy the snow but please be careful. 

–Litchfield Conservation Commission: (603) 424-2131
–Litchfield Police Department: (603) 424-4047
–Litchfield Fire Department: (603) 424-8071

–State of NH, DNCR, Division of Forests & Lands: (603) 271-2214
In case of emergency: Dial 911