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Search and Rescue in N.H.: Pushing the Limits

Andrew Drummond/Ski The Whites
Trail runner on Mount Lafayette.

In addition to hikers on N.H.'s many trails, there are also a growing number of  trail runners, backcountry skiers, bikers and climbers. As adventurers in New Hampshire's backcountry press at limits previously untested or left alone, this trend is joined by modern technologyin presenting a new series of challenges for rescuers and for society in general.   

Air date: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019


  • Justin Preisendorfer  -  Mountain Rescue Service A-Team Member for 20 years. He also sits on the organization’s board of directors and functions as the group’s public affairs officer. He’s been working in the White Mountains and involved with backcountry search and rescue since 1995 including 10 years with the US Forest Service’s Mount Washington Avalanche Center. 
  • Colonel Kevin Jordan - Chief of Law Enforcement, NH Fish & Game. The Specialized Search and Rescue Team is part of the Department's Law Enforcement Division. The team consists of 16 specially trained and skilled Conservation Officers who respond to calls for search and rescue assistance throughout the state.
  • Sandy Stott -  author of "Critical Hours: Search & Rescue in the White Mountains." He is former editor and writer for the Appalachian Mountain Club's journal, Appalachia. For the last six years he has been the accident report editor for the journal.  

An article in Trail Runner magazine about the merger of trail running and climbing from 2015. It shows the trend toward extremes and the role of social media. Thislater article gives the sense of how the terrain has shifted in just a few years. Here's another article that is notable for its look at how social media may be inciting more people to take risks.

Inspired to get outside: The Exchange spoke with 52 With A View guidebook author Ken MacGray and other hiking enthusiasts about fall hiking.


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