The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 9 (April 1, 1931)
The distance the air is from being either really safe or fully comfortable for human freight is indicated in two recent news items. The first gives the record of the British Royal Air Force and shews 53 crashes and 63 fatalities for eleven months of 1930. In the second the discomforts and what might be termed the subsidiary dangers of air travel are surprisingly revealed in the plea of Imperial Airways for the sale of intoxicants on air-liners “experience having shewn that they are required by passengers not wholly in connection with meals, but also because of air sickness.” A further claim is made that pilots should be free to drink during a flight if they wanted to, as they “occasionally required a stimulant owing to the intense cold at high altitudes.”page 8
Snow-Pinnacled Grandeur of the New Zealand Alps.
(Photos, J. D. Pascoe.)
The above illustrations depict some of the beautiful mountain scenes in the little-known region of the Southern Alps (Mathias Pass), between, Whitcomebe Pass to the south and Browning's Pass to the north. This region was recently traversed by members of the Canterbury Mountaineering Club (shewn in illustration 10) who succeeded in reaching the summit of fifteen virgin peaks in the area. (1) Shews a flooded canyon creek; (2) an unnamed peak; (3) the base camp; (4) valley of the Whitcombe River; (5) panorama shewing various peaks; (6) a hanging glacier; (7) valley of the Upper Mathias River; (8) Kea Pass from the Agassiz Range;—(9) rock peak of Mt. Marion; (11) Shafto Peak and Mt. Bryce.