National Geographic : 1993 Jun
On Assignment From high in the Otztal Alps, author DAVID ROBERTS, right, and photographer KENNETH GARRETT survey the rugged terrain where the Iceman spent his final hours. The body was found near Niederjoch Glacier, behind them. "It was like looking down on a three-dimensional map on which to plot the Iceman's route," says Rob erts, himself a seasoned climber. "I could understand why he took one pass instead of another. I was seeing how he was seeing the landscape." A former professor of literature and mountaineering at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, Roberts has written seven books. Once They Moved Like the Wind, due out in July, portrays the Apache warrior Geronimo, subject of Roberts's October 1992 GEOGRAPHIC article. More comfortable in the jungles of Mesoamerica, where he has pho tographed Maya and Olmec cul tures, Garrett quickly acclimated to icy elevations. Lingering to photo graph shepherds, he was almost caught by a late summer storm. "That's probably what happened to the Iceman," he says. In Innsbruck, the Virginia-based Garrett was giv en 30 seconds to capture the frozen body on film. "The scientists point ed at the temperature gauge, and I kept shooting. It was not that differ ent from shooting a sporting event at the second something happens." JOHN GURCHE felt that he was living with the Iceman after spend ing 600 hours reconstructing his face. Using skills ranging from painting and sculpting to interpret ing forensic data, the Denver artist finished by punching in human hairs for the beard. For this last act, Gurche took out a newspaper ad: "I'll buy your beard!" A dozen people responded. "Finally a person came in with a dark beard of the right length," Gurche says. "My assistant snipped it off. Cost me $70. Weeks later I was still getting calls from people wanting to sell their beards." Gurche also painted dinosaurs for the January 1993 issue. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLY BYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17THST. N.W ., WASHINGTON, D. C. 20036. $21.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASS POSTAGEPAIDATWASHINGTON, D. C., ANDELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGESTONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, P.O. BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.