055 The Case of Kate Matrosova Part II featuring Lt. Mark Ober and CO Glen Lucas

Kate Matrosova was a highly experienced hiker from Southern Siberia, Russia. She came to America on a student visa and successfully graduated with a masters degree in Financial Engineering. Though she worked for many firms on Wall Street, she also had a passion for the outdoors. She had a passion for climbing big mountains such as Kilimanjaro and McKinley, and was an active marathon runner. At 32 years old, she hiked the Presidential Mountain Range of the White Mountains in New Hampshire carrying light gear for a day hike. Unfortunately, she never made it out alive. The weather conditions reached -85F and 141 MPH winds. Rescue teams attempted to reach her after she activated her communications device, but to no avail. Kate Matrosova was discovered a day later. 

Lieutenant Mark Ober is the Lieutenant for District 1 with the New Hampshire Fish and Game. He frequently responds to hikers in distress and develops search and rescue missions to find them. He is also a member of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Dive Team. In this episode, he discusses the mission to find Kate, the difficulties surrounding it, and his role as a supervisor.

Conservation Officer Glen Lucas of the New Hampshire Fish and Game is part of the snowmobile patrol and is an experienced outdoorsman. He was also a part of multiple storylines with the show Northwoods law. He shares his experiences on the day of Kate’s disappearance, including the struggles of preparing, the decision making of the day, and the lasting impacts it had on his life. 

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • New addition the podcasting team: Morgan Day
  • Patreon event: live Q and A on April 26th at 8pm EST
  • The importance of speaking about painful memories
  • More of a recovery mission than a rescue
  • Cannot rely on personal locator devices
  • Bad weather day; snowmobile crash earlier
  • We have to at least try
  • Temperature at start of hike: -90 with wind chill
  • Three separate beacons miles apart
  • Glen comes down
  • Ty Gagne helped me answer questions I had myself
  • Everyone was hustling to get there
  • Game Warden wife mode
  • Not a normal rescue mission
  • My mistake: dressing normal
  • Legs start locking up, toes are freezing
  • Glen stays behind, the others continue up
  • Leans up against the tree to wait for other volunteers
  • This is how I find people
  • I felt like I had peg legs; I didn’t want to die here
  • Mother nature beat me that time
  • Game wardens promote drive, we don’t want to show weakness
  • I didn’t read the book, I gave it away
  • I wanted to distance myself from the story, but I read it
  • After the reports done, I’m done
  • The book signing was therapeutic
  • The supervisors decision at the base, the teams on the mountain
  • Kate is the first one I had a connection with

028 Glen Lucas – Snowmobile Patrol Part II – Snow Machines, Investigations, Accidents, and Pursuits

This is part two of a two part series with Glen Lucas, a regular on North Woods Law.  Around the time when deer season ends and the snow starts to stick,  snowmobilers from all around start to flock to where the trails are deep and fast.  And, because of the design of the Warden’s duties in New Hampshire, so begins a new season of law enforcement.   Glen shares several new stories in this episode including snow machine accident investigations, high speed pursuits, and a ride with the Governor of New Hampshire.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • I Can’t Remember Losing a Runner
  • Tracking Sleds
  • Blue Lights, Sirens, and a Trail Groomer
  • An Indy Trail Junker
  • A Typical Wednesday, Fun and Rewarding
  • Closing Trails, Economic Problems, Loud Pipes
  • Enforcement, Landowner, Club to Game Warden
  • I Lost 6 Pounds Off My Trail Weight
  • The 74.40 Club and the 248 Club
  • A Search Warrant for a Loud Exhaust
  • I Bought It That Way
  • A Track Record of Lying and Thieving
  • First Responder and First Aid
  • A Non-Responsive, Non-Breathing Call
  • Homicide? Negligent Homicide?
  • He Was Left There to Die
  • Just Give Me a Direction
  • Coming Down, Had to Educate, Returning Respect
  • Cookie Cutter Cases to Something Isn’t Right
  • Mumbling Fumbling Impaired, Where’s the Helmet?
  • He Ran Over His Buddy
  • Calling In the Crime Lab
  • A Non Fudge-able Piece of Evidence
  • See a Crack, Work It
  • Not Funded by General Funds
  • Changing Behavior and Education
  • Chris Sununu Riding Snowmobiles in the North Country
  • The Governor’s Ride
  • The County Attorney

027 Glen Lucas – The Snowmobile Patrol – Part One

Around the time when deer season ends and the snow starts to stick, snowmobilers from all around start to flock to where the trails are deep and fast. And, because of the design of the Warden’s duties in New Hampshire, so begins a new season of law enforcement. Glen Lucas knows the snow machine season in NH very well. It’s arguably the most dangerous part of a NH warden’s job. Glen shares several stories and a detailed account of two high speed snow machine chases that eventually led to convictions.

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • Off Highway Rec Vehicles
  • Creating a Snow Machine Training Course
  • A Gun Fight on a Snowmobile
  • Cover, Track for Protection form Gun Fire
  • Mock Chase, Cover, Concelment
  • Crimes on Snowmobiles, Bank Robbery
  • Riding in Bad Conditions
  • Where Warden’s Get Together
  • Learning to Turn, Off Trail Trending
  • Snowmobiling in the 1980s
  • Nash Stream
  • Riding at 60mph, Mom
  • 1000 Miles Is Fun, But the People
  • District 2, Maine Border
  • Just Wayne Saunders
  • Black Mach Z
  • Reaction is Good with Experience
  • It’s Been a Great Career Glenn
  • Not a Maine Warden
  • District 1, Lancaster
  • Snodeo and a Red Bull Helmet
  • Calculating Risk Vs Return
  • A 15 Miles Chase to the Upper Ammonoosuc River
  • In the Horse Pasture, Search the Perimeter
  • Mr Hand and a Glass of Water
  • We Don’t like to Lose
  • Jail for 7 Months Forfeit of Snowmobiles
  • Lying is a Misdemeanor
  • Stay Safe, But Work Hard
  • Reciprocity Weekend
  • Riding with Bob – Transfer to Invesigator
  • 1000s of Sleds
  • Eagles Nest
  • Orange Sled Skiis
  • Marijuana in Plain Site
  • Stop or You Will Be Tased