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How to prepare for the backcountry

The hikeSafe program was created to educate hikers of all ages - from first timers to experienced trekkers - on safe hiking practices.

They recommend ten essential items to carry with on every trip:

  • Map
  • Compass
  • Warm clothing
  • Extra food and water
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Matches/firestarters
  • First aid kit/repair kit
  • Whistle
  • Rain/wind gear
  • Pocket knife

For more information on hiker safety, visit

Wilderness Medical Associates is the largest wilderness medicine training organization in the world. As seen on QUEST, President and Medical Director, Dr. David Johnson, teaches and lectures on wilderness survival, as well as working as an emergency room doctor.

WMA offers a handy, first-aid Field Guide for wilderness travelers, outdoor professionals and rescue specialists. It's a small, pocket-size manual, printed to withstand the rigors of field use, but is still 100% recyclable. The association's courses range in length from a two-day Wilderness First Aid course to 25-day Wilderness EMT courses taught throughout the United States and the world. To see more information, please visit their website at

These sites offer additional information and resources on how to avoid hypothermia:

Warning signs and hypothermia prevention

A guide to hypothermia and cold weather injuries

National Science Foundation Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Maine Forest Products Council Irving Woodlands, LLC Desiree Carlson, M.D. More Connected. More Maine.

Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Forest Products Council, Irving Woodlands LLC., Desiree Carlson, M.D., and gifts to More Connected. More Maine, The Campaign for Maine Public Broadcasting Network's Programming.

A list of other funders includes:
The Davis Family Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and Lincoln Ladd.

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