.....faced wolves unarmed, rescued lost travelers in the bleak and wintry crevasses of Sierra Nevada, and, singlehanded, carried the mail over High Sierras. This is a story of one man's indomitable courage and selflessness in the stirring days of the Gold Rush of '49 and the Silver Fever that swept Utah 10 years later. Norwegian born John Thompson popularized skiing with his own accomplishments and daring and kept communications intact between Utah and California. The narrative of this biography skims swiftly through episodes of frontier peril met with cool bravery. Boys should particularly enjoy this and certainly skiing enthusiasts should like it.