Alpenglow Ski Mountaineering History Project
Hans-Otto Giese - Photographs
In October 2001, after I borrowed and returned these albums, Peter
Giese telephoned to say he found some loose photographs (not in an album)
belonging to his father. They are:
- Hans-Otto Giese does a jump turn in a ravine, probably at Paradise.
- The Seattle Ski Club team at the 1934 Silver Skis race (H.O. Giese,
Don Fraser, Alf Moystad). (I believe this picture is in the Seattle P-I
collection at the Museum of History and Industry.) Peter said there was a
team competition at this race, and the Seattle Ski Club team finished
- Hans-Otto Giese encounters a bear on skis. (H.O.G. not the bear!) I
believe I saw this picture in a book, but I can't remember where.
This album is unnumbered. I think it may be Album 7, judging by the
chronological gap between this album and Album 9 (1935-36). This album is
probably the first one recording Hans-Otto Giese's life after he immigrated
the U.S. in 1923. I've noted only selected photos that may be pertinent to
- Giese and four others aboard a ship, perhaps the voyage that brought
him to America.
- Giese and other competitors at the annual Fourth of July ski
tournament on Mt Rainier in 1923.
- Nels Nelson making a 234-ft jump on skis at Revelstoke, B.C.
- "German ski star with compete in big meet." Newspaper clippings
about a ski competition at Mt Hood, Oregon. The date and origin of the
clippings are not recorded. I believe they refer to the Mt Hood Ski Club
tournament held at Swim in February 1928
- Photos from the first ski-climb of Mt Rainier in April 1928.
- Photos from December 1929 attempt to ski Mt Baker. The photos are
taken below timberline. There are no photos from high on the mountain.
- Hans-Otto Giese, Fred Ball and Andy Anderson pose after winning the
first Mountaineers Patrol Race in March 1930. I think this picture may
be sharper than the one in the Mountaineers collection at U.W.
- Photos from the first ski descent of Mt Adams in July 1932.
- Giese competing in ski races and posing with trophies and fellow
- Newspaper clippings. (Identifications, when present, were recorded
- "Otto Giese grabs more skiing titles." Apparently from 1928, the
clipping mentions that Giese "maintains an average of about three
prizes per month for his prowess in skiing."
- "University student slides into movies with alpine skiers." Says
that Giese took part in "The Chase" filmed in Switzerland and
Germany in 1921. The film is to be shown at Eagleson Hall at the
University of Washington.
- Seattle P-I, April 11, 1928: "7 dare death to each lunch atop
Rainier," about the 1928 ski-climb of Mt Rainier.
- Seattle Times, April 11, 1928: "Three who climbed Rainier on skis
are recuperating from strenuous experience." Reports that Dr. Otto
Stizek is confined to his home with frozen feet sustained on the
- Several clippings about the effort to recover the body of Forrest
Greathouse, who fell into a crevasse on Mt Rainier in 1929.
Hans-Otto Giese, Otto Strizek and Walter Best participated in the
- "2 to tackle conquest of Baker on skis." Describes proposed ski
ascent of Mt Baker by Giese and Robert Hayes on Christmas Day,
- "Storm defeats ski climbers on Baker" and "Blizzard halts Baker
ascent" briefly describe the failed attempt to ski Mt Baker at
- "Lokken sets new coast ski record," about the seventh annual ski
tournament at Cle Elum, in which Hans-Otto Giese competed. The
tournament was held on the newly constructed ski jump.
- "Mountaineers plan festival in Rainier's snow." Hans-Otto Giese
will be in charge of ski races at the annual Mountaineers winter
outing to Paradise on Mt Rainier. There are also clippings from a
pictorial article that was published after the outing.
- "Vancouver man wins ski leap at Leavenworth" and "Hans Otto-Giese
breaks leg on Class A jump." Reports from the third annual
Leavenworth Winter Sports Club tournament.
- Many fine photos of skiing and relaxing at Paradise on Mt Rainier.
Several photos depict life in the "underground city" of cabins at
Paradise in those years.
- Various clippings pertaining to Mt Rainier ski races, especially the
1935 National Championships and U.S. Olympic Team tryouts (including an
official program of this event).
- Photos of unsuccessful ski ascent of Glacier Peak by Don Fraser and
Hans-Otto Giese on July 4, 1935.
- Clippings pertaining to the engagement and wedding of Hans-Otto
Giese and Miss Borghild von Bulow.
- Photo of Seattle Ski Club team schussing toward the finish of the
March 15, 1936 Patrol Race hosted by The Mountaineers.
- Unidentified newspaper clipping of Hjalmar Hvam holding the Silver
Skis trophy in 1936.
- Clippings pertaining to Seattle Inter-High School ski meets
organized by Hans-Otto Giese.
- Photos of Dr. Otto Trott and Andy Hennig on a sailboat.
- Clipping from the wedding of Don Fraser and Gretchen Kunigk in
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