Reports of rescues and accidents in New Hampshire’s White Mountains during the cold weather and pre-meltout months of late 2021 and winter/spring 2022. The editors describe the role the mind plays in planning and executing hikes. Two incidents of poor planning complicated by medical conditions in the Franconia Ridge area are examined. A hiker slips on the Fishin’ Jimmy Trail. In April, a skier suffers a long fall and multiple injuries in the Great Gulf Wilderness. Cardiac trouble plagues a guest at Carter Notch Hut in March. A hiker falls long and hard while trying to take a photo on Mount Kearsarge North. The editors evaluate the huge cost of New Hampshire’s average 189 rescues per year, the majority of hikers and climbers.

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