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Guck

Trad climber
Santa Barbara, CA
Sep 21, 2012 - 08:46pm PT
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Guck

Trad climber
Santa Barbara, CA
Sep 21, 2012 - 08:48pm PT
Credit: Guck
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Sorry this last page is out of sequence. Overwhelmed by technology!! This article understates the immense influence Gary had on young alpine climbers like me. For many, he is still the hero he was in the sixties!!
Dom Green

Trad climber
Sheffield UK
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 12, 2012 - 03:36am PT
Fair play

I think this gives such good context to the whole place Hemming came to occupy and represent for subsequent generations such as myself too.

I remember reading this back in '96 and just recognising that so much of what we think of as iconic from the alpine climbing of the '60's is represented here.

Dom Green

Trad climber
Sheffield UK
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 12, 2012 - 04:05am PT
Credit: Dom Green
Dom Green

Trad climber
Sheffield UK
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 12, 2012 - 04:13am PT
Credit: Dom Green
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 3, 2013 - 10:29am PT
More on Henry Kendall here...

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=945436&msg=1755005#msg1755005
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Mar 3, 2013 - 10:55am PT
Dom

I agree; I think you have a really interesting and iconic subject to work with here. Carry on, certainly! Obviously there was quite a bit going on with Hemming; it's true he mirrored his era, making your account or movie potentially awfully intriguing while being important in much wider ways. Hopefully you will find out enough to give your work terrific richness and mis-en-scene. He obviously had a bunch of lives going on simultaneously.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Mar 26, 2013 - 11:29am PT
Dom, hopefully you are still carrying on with your Hemming project. I just finished Joe Fitschen's book Going Up and found Hemming mentioned often in the volume. You might find some it interesting, although Joe doesn't really focus on Hemming.
Dom Green

Trad climber
Sheffield UK
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 23, 2013 - 03:17am PT
Hi Peter

Thanks so much for not forgetting me!

Apologies for the delay - spilling drink on my laptop has been something of a punctuation in my progress!! Anyway - back on track.

I have indeed been working on the project this whole time. It has been very fruitful.

Thanks so much for the tip on "Going Up" I'll be reading that next. I've been reading a couple ofbooks by UK climbers who knew Hemming, mentioned earlier in the thread.

I was prompted to get back on track today on the news of Layton Kor's passing - my thoughts, best wishes/prayers go to his family and friends. Sorry to hear this sad news.

I'll be sure to keep in touch with this thread over time.

Dom

Dom Green

Trad climber
Sheffield UK
Topic Author's Reply - May 9, 2013 - 09:33am PT
Hi
So far I've been following up quite a number of the leads give me by you guys on this Forum. I had no luck reaching Herb Swedlund, Bill Briggs, a couple of others too.

I haven't had much luck finding out further details of the Teton tea party he attended. I have heard some of the story, but I would be interested to hear more.

Credit: Dom Green

courtesy of Dominique Thomas, with thanks
courtesy of Dominique Thomas, with thanks
Credit: Dom Green
wbw

Trad climber
'cross the great divide
May 9, 2013 - 11:03am PT
Dom, give Jackson Hole Mtn Guides a call. I am almost sure they could help you in tracking down Herb, and probably Bill Briggs (not the brother of Roger) too.
Jennie

Trad climber
Elk Creek, Idaho
May 9, 2013 - 01:20pm PT
Bill Briggs
295 E Snow King Ave
Jackson, WY 83001-9167
Home (307) 733-2453



Herbert Swedlund
Po Box 81
Twin Bridges, MT 59754
(406) 684-5841


I hope this helps Dom.

Last I heard, Bill still hangs out in the Virginian with his friends and his band plays on occasion at the Stagecoach in Wilson.
open mind

Big Wall climber
italy
May 11, 2013 - 04:09am PT
in italy there's a book...." gary hemming una storia degli anni 60 ". Is a good book gary is a heroes for me.
Dom Green

Trad climber
Sheffield UK
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2013 - 03:24pm PT
Hey that's great, thanks very much.
I think that's the address for Bill that I had before but the letter was returned. I'll try the number.

I'll write to Herb too.

Thanks for the link to the biog, it was released in the UK too and I have had a bit of contact with Mirella Tenderini some time ago.

Great stuff - thanks everyone. Lots going on at the moment. I'll keep this thread updated.

cheers

Dom

Jennie

Trad climber
Elk Creek, Idaho
May 12, 2013 - 04:22pm PT
Dom, if Bill isn't at that address let us know. I know dozens of climbers in Jackson and will ask around if he's moved. He was an eminent local mentor and torchbearer for climbing/skiing for many years and a popular musician.

...I'm thinking not likely to move out of Jackson except in critical circumstances
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
May 13, 2013 - 09:59am PT
I think people have covered much of what I would have said,
my friend Mirella's bio and, of course, all the notes and facts
and info she couldn't fit into the book might be a source if she
were willing to share. Jim Perrin is an insightful and resourceful
person.... I don't know if Bill Briggs is still around, but he was
intimate with Hemming in the Tetons. You might contact Jody's father,
who was a ranger in the Tetons during those times and is still
a wise source of information and memories. There is so much about
Gary's suicide that seems never to have been quite resolved, the why's,
the if's (if it had to do with acid, if he had been mercilessly
harangued by cohorts in the Tetons until his fragile soul broke, and
so much more, some strange stuff about spirit travel and (I will
leave unnamed) religions that started to concern him in an already
paranoid state of mind.... Maybe those aren't things to go into in
a film. I don't know, but he had a complex life psychologically. That
was a notable element of who he was. Dave Dornan, I believe, is still
around and might be a well-spring of valuable thoughts.
Dom Green

Trad climber
Sheffield UK
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2013 - 06:24am PT
Thank you, that is indeed worth a follow-up.

As a project, the whole thing had become more serious now:-

http://www.screendaily.com/festivals/cannes/moviehouse-launches-production-arm/5056398.article

Thanks Patrick and Jennie - I'll try those contacts and post/contact when I have done so.

Dom
Dom Green

Trad climber
Sheffield UK
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 10, 2013 - 05:18am PT
Hi there

I've been busy on the research trail. I got to meet with James Salter at the literary festival earlier in the summer. He's doing well for 88. We had a brief conversation and he mentioned how he had climbed with Royal Robbins and knew Mick Burke well.

The film project is progressing well.

I haven't had any luck with contacting Bill Briggs as yet, my letter got returned.

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