On average, one person dies every year in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. That’s one death too many for those who conduct rescue missions in New Hampshire. Many more face serious injuries and health issues, largely by hiking with the wrong equipment and clothing. Appalachian Mountain Club rescuer and hiker Joe Roman says he has seen it all, people poorly equipped intent on climbing New Hampshire’s highest peak, Mount Washington, elevation 6288 feet. Podcast producer Roger Wood caught up with Joe Roman in his office at Pinkham Notch. He was called on during the latest incident when a woman was in trouble on the mountain.
Joe Roman is the Search and Rescue Coordinator and Campsite Program and Conservation Manager for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Working with the AMC over the past 10 years, Joe has found his calling facilitating a positive experience in the backcountry for all those who find themselves there. He is no stranger to the rural and backcountry as a co-director at the Bartlett Jackson Ambulance service and has spent the last 10 winters as a ski patroller at Attitash Bear Peak. Joe also works part time for SOLO schools in Conway teaching Wilderness First Aid courses.
Roger Wood is an award winning radio, podcast, newspaper and television journalist, with over 40 years of experience in the media. Roger has spent his entire professional career in New Hampshire. Roger currently serves as associate publisher and podcast producer at InDepthNH.org. In 2021 and 2022, he was recognized by the New Hampshire Press Association for his work in news podcasts. Prior to that he was honored for his work in broadcast radio news and public affairs. He has produced news and special feature reports for InDepthNH, New Hampshire Public Radio, NPR, and other public and commercial radio stations. He also produced spot news for CBS Radio. He has produced and narrated some 50 audiobooks and has written three novels. Roger has also moderated political forums for Seacoast Area Chambers of Commerce in Senate, gubernatorial and congressional races. He has also facilitated public policy discussions locally and statewide. Roger and his wife Elaine reside in Portsmouth.