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Be prepared, safe in the back country

Before You Go:

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return

  • Sign in at trailhead registers

  • Check weather and avalanche conditions (if relevant)


Take With You:

  • Map

  • Food

  • Water

  • Extra clothes

  • Emergency bivvy

  • First Aid kit

  • Signaling device, such as whistle and/or flashlight

  • Cell phone (but don’t expect it to work everywhere!)

  • Other safety equipment as needed by your activity (i.e. avalanche beacon and shovel for backcountry skiing)

While You Are Out:

  • Pay attention to your surroundings

  • The best way to avoid a rescue is not to get hurt or lost

  • Know where you are

  • Put your smartphone in "airplane mode" to preserve battery life

If You Become Lost or Injured:

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