National Geographic : 1964 Aug
Explorers had to climb to retrieve this parachuted package of equipment. Using a radiophone, co-leader Peter Gimbel reads request for fresh supplies. Radiophone and airplane: only links with the world UNABLE TO LAND, support planes picked up mailbags from a loop between two poles. Jack Joerns, wearing the jump suit of his Las Vegas skydiving club, directs the pilot of this plane skimming a ridge to drop supplies. Transceiver at left weighs 20 pounds with spare batteries. "A real back-buster," reports Baekeland, "but it saved our bacon. If the planes had lost con tact, they might never have found us." Smoke bomb held by Peter Lake guides a pilot on a supply drop. Flares and bright signal panels were soon abandoned because of their weight.