National Geographic : 1965 Sep
planted, but the line parted between them and their four companions. The remains of three-Hadow, Hudson, and Croz-were recovered 4,000 feet below on the glacier and are buried in Zermatt. Nineteen-year-old Lord Douglas's body was never found. The mountain is his gravestone. Rescue Delays a Thrilling Flight The concierge at the hotel was keeping us in touch with the Sion airport, as we had plans for airborne mountain climbing (my case of Whymper's fever had abated considerably). Now he told me this was the day; Hermann Geiger, the "Eagle of the Alps," would meet 374 us at Tisch airstrip, a few miles down valley. "I would have come yesterday, but I was rescuing two German climbers over near St. Moritz," said Geiger, as he welcomed us aboard his eight-place ski-fitted plane. Since 1952, when he pioneered the technique of landing on glaciers, this knight in shining air craft has helped thousands of Alpinists. We rose fast; a wilderness of rock and ice spread below us. A ribbon of green-Zermatt's valley-seemed so tenuous I wondered how the original settlers found it. Sunlight caught the gossamer thread of the Schwarzsee cable way. Diners in front of Gornergrat's castle like hotel looked up and waved.