Club Vagabond in Leysin CH, who was there?

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Allen Hill

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CO.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2011 - 05:35pm PT
Anders, I actually have Chic on film. I spent two days with him. He interviews really well. He also gave me all the pictures to use in the film. I've interviewed a good chunk of the crew from the film. Even Annie Haston who hung around the hotel during the shooting. She died last year sadly. She was a sweetheart.

To all of you who have shared stories, thank you. The film is on hold right now because of money issues. Hopefully I can raise the remaining funds in the next few months. It's how it works. My last big one, "Jump!" took five years and nine trips to the Czech Republic. It was worth it. Anyhow I'll be writing individual emails when the time comes to start back production. Thanks again!
klk

Trad climber
cali
Mar 20, 2011 - 05:40pm PT
Sell some DVDs of jump to raise dough.

Id love to own a copy
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 20, 2011 - 05:51pm PT
I quite liked "Jump". It was at VIMFF a few years ago.
Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2011 - 07:53pm PT
Unfortunately "Jump!" will never be on the market. At least anytime soon. It's become something of a cult film, mostly in the CZ and strangely Italy. There are a lot of bootlegged copies floating around for sure. Anyhow thanks for the kind words Anders and KIK.
Allen Hill

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CO.
Topic Author's Reply - May 8, 2011 - 06:52pm PT
A rare case of me bumping to the front of the line. You never know who will see the post!
Rick Sylvester

Trad climber
Squaw Valley, California
May 9, 2011 - 12:51am PT
Sorry for my being incommunicado of late, Allen. It was a very heavy winter, one of the 4 or 5 largest snowpacks in the last 50-60 years. Periods of shoveling 5 or so hours every day, 1 to 3 shifts, like bailing to keep a boat afloat. My shoveling to skiing ratio was horribly skewed in the wrong direction, toward the former. My self-diagnosed OCD of course plays a role here too.
But the problem really dated back to September. I was gratified to get a couple of copies of "Jump" as I'd been requesting of you to go with my letter to Senor Eastwood; I felt the inclusion of your film would make for a stronger presentation in my attempt to entice him to interview for the Vagabond documentary. People in his position get so many requests on their time; it's unimaginable to us mere mortals. As I mentioned I see him just about every year in Monterey at the annual jazz festival since he's on its board of directors. In the past I've engaged in brief conversations with him using our former mutual acquaintance Dougal as the entree for my invading his privacy, such a concern to people in his position venturing into the public arena.
I was up until some horrible wee hour penning my letter to him (long live procrastination!), then left for Monterey the next day. I failed miserably; throughout the entire weekend I never caught sight of him once thus enabling me to deliver the letter plus film. This was the first time in years I'd failed to see him there. I thought I knew his taste as far as musical acts and left my seat several times to approach his box -- empty each time. Later talking to someone I learned he was there for one act Saturday night, one that in retrospect I might have figured would attract his interest. I felt I'd really blown it, totally failed. My preference was to hand deliver the stuff -- that's the only way one can be sure people in his position actually get things. But as a last gasp attempt I dropped by the festival office Sunday night following the final concert to ask to have it put in his box. I was refused since it was a private not a festival matter. I felt angry but knew that this was a correct course of action on the part of festival staff.
I rationalized that if the packet was accepted and you or I never heard back from Clint I never could have been sure if it actually reached him. Perhaps more important, the written in haste not to mention hand written and sloppy at that with cross outs and related really needed to be re-written with lots of changes and cleaned up. It would have been embarrassing in its original state. This became apparent to me only once I'd arrived in Monterey.
So that's what happened. Plan B. There are a couple of options. A teller acquaintance at the local savings and loan has a friend down there she stays with when she attends the festival who knows him personally, socially. I may be able to get it to him that way. Still, that's probably asking for a favor I have no right to ask. And of course there's this year's festival. Last September after the failure that seemed an impossibly long ways off; now it doesn't seem so far away. Related, I figured your film might be done by them so the whole thing, always a long shot anyway, would be academic. But maybe not the way it sounds things are going -- the funding problems and all. This whole thing about getting him, such a big fish (but a really really cool guy and it would be so great if we could "land" him) to interview for your film has become a major project and challenge for me. Now that I'm getting somewhat caught up in my life I can think of granting the interview you've long requested if you're still interested. But I'd really given priority energy to the above. Amen. I hope you're well.
Rick




Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 01:38pm PT
Rick, no worries. Lets talk in Telluride next week. I'm assuming you'll be there. It's just as well that things got bogged down as the 50th anniversary of the Vag is in Sept. and it's going to a hell of a party. Lots of people are coming from around the world. So I'm going and should be able to finish the photography over that week. I'll email you the details. You should come. See you in Telluride. I'll be staying at The Icehouse.
Rick Sylvester

Trad climber
Squaw Valley, California
May 15, 2011 - 05:10pm PT
Groovy, Allen. Love you madly, as always. So I'll be sleeping on your doorstep or some such at MountainFilm, not have to camp illegally (technically) behind one of the theaters as I did last year and get bit by a tick and think I had Lyme's Disease, the sick with worry over which ruined the first half of last summer as I thought I'd potentially ruined the rest of my life though in a different way from the way I've ruined it up to now (through climbing and worse). Later....
Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2011 - 05:50pm PT
See you there Rick. You can stay with us as well. I'll email details.
Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 9, 2011 - 01:49am PT
Le Bump.
wayne burleson

climber
Amherst, MA (currently in Lutry, CH)
Jun 9, 2011 - 02:47am PT
This is a great thread!
I live down the hill from Leysin and would be interested in climbing
almost anything up there in the next few weeks. Historically and aesthetically, it is hard to imagine a better crag. Weather here has been bomber for months...
Any takers?



Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 9, 2011 - 12:43pm PT
Historic yes. Here's Dougal Haston on his way to do the first winter a...
Historic yes. Here's Dougal Haston on his way to do the first winter ascent of the Sphinx on the Tour d'AI. He was at the Vag. His nickname was "the king of the Vag."
Credit: Allen Hill
Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 9, 2011 - 01:45pm PT
Here's Haston and Bev Clark in front of the Vagabond getting ready to ...
Here's Haston and Bev Clark in front of the Vagabond getting ready to head up the hill for that ascent. Bev not only was at the Vag, he was a investor in ISM and a little bit into the Vag.
Credit: Allen Hill
wayne burleson

climber
Amherst, MA (currently in Lutry, CH)
Jun 9, 2011 - 02:20pm PT
Cool photos! Love the cars.
Got any more?
Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 14, 2011 - 07:03pm PT
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Haston in Austria in the dead of winter
Haston in Austria in the dead of winter
Credit: Allen Hill
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Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 14, 2011 - 07:04pm PT
Dougal and Annie Haston. They met at the Vag.
Dougal and Annie Haston. They met at the Vag.
Credit: Allen Hill
Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 14, 2011 - 07:09pm PT
Beth Burke in Leysin. She also met her husband to be at the Vag.
Beth Burke in Leysin. She also met her husband to be at the Vag.
Credit: Allen Hill
Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 14, 2011 - 07:33pm PT
Wayne, if your around in Sept. I'd be into doing a couple of routes on the Tour Di AI.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jun 14, 2011 - 07:47pm PT
Classic photos Allen-more the better.
Allen Hill

Social climber
CO.
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 14, 2011 - 07:55pm PT
Mick Burke having a fag on the porch of the Vag. The Vag played a roll...
Mick Burke having a fag on the porch of the Vag. The Vag played a roll in the big British expeditions of the seventies.

Credit: Allen Hill
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