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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 2 (May 1, 1937)

Rescue in the Franz Josef Alps

Rescue in the Franz Josef Alps.

On January 23, 1933, Guide Mark Lysons and Miss Ida Corry, a member of the Ladies' Alpine Club, England, made the first ascent of Mt. Goldsmith, 9,532 feet. On the descent Lysons broke his leg in jumping a crevasse. This accident would have been disastrous had not Miss Corry and her guide kept their heads in the most difficult of circumstances. They were far from outside help, and had to rely entirely on their own resources. Miss Corry assisted Lysons by cutting steps, the length of the rope, and belayed (anchored) while he lowered himself, using his ice-axe as a brake. With two ice-axes as crutches Lysons could force a trail over the snow at the foot of the slope. Night set in and made progress even more difficult. After twenty hours the Almer Hut was reached—a ten-mile journey, with a descent of 5,000 feet.

Mt. Marion and the Cronin Icefield from the Whitehorn Pass.

Mt. Marion and the Cronin Icefield from the Whitehorn Pass.

Guide Joe Fluerty happened to be at the Almer Hut. He fixed up Lysons's leg with ski-splints and raced down the Franz Josef Icefall. A doctor was on the glacier and with Guide Jack Pope he hastened up to the Almer Hut. A party of men, led by the famous guides, Alec and Peter page 42 page 43 Graham, arrived later at the Hut. Lysons was transported to Waiho, thence to Hokitika, without delay.

It is fitting to quote the comment of the Editor of the New Zealand Alpine Journal: “Miss Corry's coolness, resource, careful climbing, and endurance, combined with Lysons's pluck are so entirely in accordance with the highest climbing traditions that this episode will always stand out in the annals of New Zealand mountaineering.”

The Southern Alps have their days of calm and delight as well as storm and danger. Those who have travelled in the glaciated fastnesses feel that they will want to return to the mountains, where the charm of new climbing is so securely blended with the spice of adventure. New Zealanders are indeed fortunate to have access to such a variety of mountain travel.

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Mt. Whitcombe, from the Kinkel Ridge, Southern Alps, New Zealand.

Mt. Whitcombe, from the Kinkel Ridge, Southern Alps, New Zealand.

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