“Flying as a Matter of Life and Death”


The Zermatt helicopter pilot Gerold Biner has published a book about his work around Zermatt and in the Himalayas. The book shows the world of mountain rescue between the Matterhorn and Mount Everest.

The book is only available in German with the original title “Fliegen um Leben und Tod”. Air Zermatt CEO Gerold Biner and his colleagues from Zermatt brought to life an exemplary project: A rescue station in the Himalayas from which the helicopter pilots undertook rescue operations at up the 7,000 metres above sea level for the first time.

In his book, Gerold Biner tells of his service as the first rescue pilot in the Himalayas, where he constantly put his life on the line to save alpinists who had suffered accidents. He reports on the difficulties surrounding the establishment of the air rescue station and a training programme in Nepal. The stories are also about the carelessness of many mountain climbers as well as about the extreme climbers, whose constant companion is death. 

“Fliegen um Leben und Tod,” Mountain rescuers between the Matterhorn and Everest.
Hardback, 255 pages, Verlag Orell Füssli, CHF 34.90; ISBN 978-3-280-05525-0. Only in German.