Intrepid Northeast Radio
About This Show
Join host Gregg Squeglia as we explore action sports and the outdoor lifestyle. On this podcast, we interview the foremost personalities in the outdoor space, answering your questions and taking a deep dive into some of the most interesting stories about how the outdoors shapes who we are.
Most Recent Episode
EP#3: Miller-Quinn Air Tragedy and Trails Talk with John Morton
5 days ago
On the afternoon of February 21, 1959, a single engine Piper Comanche crashed in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of New Hampshire. On board were two Dartmouth Medical School physicians, Drs. Ralph Miller and Robert Quinn. They both survived the crash and struggled to survive for four days before succumbing to the harsh New Hampshire winter. Although they never made it out of the wilderness alive, their legacies live on even to this day, especially in the Dartmouth medical and aviation communities. My guest today is John Morton, of Morton Trails, and today he tells the story of the Miller-Quinn Air Tragedy. John builds trails for a living, but has also served as the Dartmouth XC Ski coach, and has participated in seven Olympic games as either a biathlon athlete, coach, or trails consultant. He is also an accomplished writer and novelist, and wrote an article for Dartmouth Medicine magazine entitled Unforgiving Forests that profiled the crash of the two physicians. About halfway through the episode (36:30) we shift gears and talk about how John designs and builds trails for both recreational and competitive venues. And as a bonus topic, John also describes how he used his experience as an athlete and a Vietnam veteran to take part in an event that aided Soviet Afghan War veterans with PTSD issues (50:53). John participated in this event with General Hal Moore, who many of you may remember being portrayed by Mel Gibson in the film, We Were Soldiers. This was a great conversation with a few different topics of discussion, and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. Here we go! If you would like to check out Tribe, by Sebastian Junger, and I highly recommend it, click HERE for a few options on purchasing. This episode is also brought to you from Backcountry.com. For great deals on all of your outdoor gear needs, visit the website HERE to check out their current promotions. I have used Backcountry.com for gear purchases, and their service and prices are outstanding.