Welcome to the Arrowsmith Search & Rescue website.

Winter is just around the corner, and temperatures are dropping. People want to get in a few more hikes before the weather gets really bad.

Before you go out for that hike, make sure you are prepared. Check out our list of 10 essential items you should have when you go into the backcountry. This list is a minimum, so there are many more items you can take that will help make your hike enjoyable, and in the event of an accident, they can mean the difference between keeping yourself safe until help arrives, and having the situation get worse.

The best thing you can do to ensure you get help if needed is to tell someone else where you are going, and when you expect to be home. Plan out your trip, drawing it on a map. Take a map with you, and know how to read it.