A sudden storm, a forgotten headlamp, and suddenly a leisurely hike turns into a treacherous endeavor for those who hike the White Mountains.
In the past decade, inexpensive but sophisticated navigation devices and mobile phones have led to alarming levels of overconfidence on the trail. Adding to this worrisome trend, the increasing popularity of ventures into mountainous terrain has led hikers seeking solitude—or an adrenaline rush—into increasingly remote or risky forays.
Join us and hear stories from Sandy Stott, former editor of Appalachian Mountain Club's journal Appalachia, about the hikers who climb the mountains, and the steadfast Search and Rescuers who help save countless lives every year.
Sandy Stott is the author of Critical Hours: Search and Rescue in the White Mountains, a former editor of Appalachian Mountain Club's journal Appalachia, a longtime English teacher, and a lifelong wanderer in the White Mountains.