For landing his ski-equipped Piper Super Cub on "impossible" snow fields and glaciers of the Swiss Alps and rescuing more than 150 trapped and injured mountaineers and skiers (including 20 in the past year), Hermann Geiger, a handsome, 42-year-old flight instructor of Sion, Switzerland, was awarded the Alpine Solidarity medal. On one occasion Geiger juggled his small craft up 13,000 feet through the sweeping air currents and narrow passes around Pointe Dufour, Switzerland's highest mountain, to come down near the rocky summit, an unofficial record high-altitude landing. Currently the "Flying Saint Bernard" is preparing himself for his annual air drops of food and fodder to snowbound settlements, as well as bread-and-butter ferrying of well-heeled skiers to choice and lofty Alpine slopes.
Table of Contents
Jan. 23, 1956
BASKETBALL: BUSINESS AS USUAL, HOOK AND TRIGGER CENSUS, RUNDOWN ON THE RUNDOWN STATE OF BOXING, THE EXCELSIOR SPIRIT IN LA BELLE FRANCE, HOW A BOSTONIAN USED HIS BEAN
Hockey is Canada's national sport, and the Montreal Canadiens, with the season's top team, are the apple of the Dominion's eye
Freshman football in 1955 drew few headlines, but a look around by SI indicates the haves—like Oklahoma, UCLA, Maryland, Michigan State—have more on the way
A year ago the great lodge high on Oregon's Mt. Hood was dying; now the skiers (opposite) are back and the future is bright. Here is the untold story of Timberline's neglect and mismanagement—and of the young enterpriser who saved it