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Wolf Bauer - Photographs
These are preliminary notes based on my interview on 9 April 2001. Wolf showed me a few photos. The following were interesting. I haven't reviewed Wolf's photo collection.
- Photo of Wolf jumping a cornice above the Meany Ski Hut in 1929-30. He said this was a "short cut" that helped him win the Meany downhill race that year.
- Photo of four Mountain Rescue men pushing a Stokeski in a snowstorm after dark. The rescuers are, from left to right, Kurt Beam, Otto Trott, Al Krupp and Wolf Bauer. This Bob and Ira Spring photo has been widely published and captioned as the Bill Degenhardt avalanche rescue on Mt Snoqualmie (spring-1998-p100). However, Wolf said it is a picture of a body recovery from an avalanche near Source Lake. He also didn't think it was a Bob and Ira Spring photo, so I'm not sure what to believe.
I attended the 22 June 2001 Mountain Rescue Association conference dinner at which Wolf spoke. The following slides were interesting:
- Jack Hossack carries a Stokeski (dismantled for backpacking) in summer with Mt Rainier in the background, circa 1950.
- Wally Burr and Otto Trott test an akja stretcher in summer conditions, with Mt Rainier in the background.
- Jack Baldwin of the Hood River Cragrats demonstrates the "bergtrage" (sp?) stretcher that he built based on photographs of European models.
- Irv Herrigstad, "radio wiz," operates a radio next to a tent supported by crossed skis on snow.
- Two skiers use a radio telephone on a glacier, skis planted in the snow (possibly fuzzy). The slide was used to illustrate the story of the pilot who spent the night atop Rainier in his airplane, then did a dead-stick takeoff in the morning.
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