Winter hiking experts encourage caution, education

02/25/08 8:00AM By Mitch Wertlieb
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In the past few weeks there have been several instances of injured hikers needing to be rescued in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. There was also one fatality.

Skiers who have gone off trail in Vermont and other parts of New England have also kept rescue crews busy.

Being unprepared for a hike is always dangerous, but it's especially so this time of year.

We found out just how dangerous speaking with Neil Van Dyke, Team Leader for Stowe Mountain Rescue, who says there's a basic checklist of readiness for hikers and skiers that should, but too often isn't, observed:

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