On the phone right now with Jim, he can't remember Bills last name! Damn he remember everything except this. He was cleaning a seam for a copper head, not chiseling. Bill was his first name,"not much of a climber".
His name was Bill, can't remember the last name right now, but if it's important, I might be able to dig it up. I have the original footage (about 5 hours worth on super 8), don't ask me where it is though. Bridwell and I were doing the climb together and were flipping leads, we were planning to do an instructional a big wall video, but it never came to be. Anyway, Jim takes a pretty whipper here, he stepped onto a fixed head which was placed on top of another fixed head and it blew, imagine that... I'm the one who caught the fall. After the fall he jugged back up and after assessing the situation, he called for a chisel and did a little chisel work on one or two placements.
Capt, Jim talked about you as his partner on that footage. wonder what happened to it, it use to be on youtube, but can't find anything about it. Jim also mentioned someone called him the day before with the same question. Peggy thought the photographer was Hatchet, Jim didn't agree.
Bill's last name wasn't Hatchett, Peggy's thinking about Mike Hatchett (and his brother Dave) who is into the climbing/ski/board etc. film industry, but it wasn't either of them. Bill was living in Squaw or Truckee and was working with some of the film groups around there at the time. As mentioned before I have the original super 8 footage, we had some of the better footage put on a VHS tape, and I gave a copy to Jim. If I remember right, he did something with that footage with some Italian guy, but it was so long ago, I can't remember what the outcome was. I have the VHS footage in hand and the original super 8 footage is in storage, which I'm sure with a bit of digging around I could find it. In the meantime, I have no idea what ever became of Bill, it's been a long time since I last saw him.
In the end, we were lucky as we had a really slow team in front of us, we considered passing them and then realized we could use the situation to our advantage, which was to give them a rope to anchor too the station above us so Bill could jug the line and film Jim and I leading and cleaning, it worked perfectly, we couldn't have planned it any better. Just as the cleaner from the other team was about to leave the station, Bill would be there and would put the tail end of the rope to their haul bag and they would fix it at the station above us, we were able to film every pitch like this the entire way up. It's why he was able to get the footage of Jim taking the screamer, (yes the bird let out a scream) when he stepped onto the bogus fixed head. He didn't clip anything below him for a few placements and so he took a pretty good whipper.
Thanks to all of you for these responses. I have also been directly in touch with Jim in efforts to learn more about who shot this footage, and I've also communicated with Michele Ridicci who used some of it in his film years ago. Still no leads on Bill's last name, unfortunately.
Captain Chaos - in the event Jim cannot find his copy, which I believe he is planning to send me, would you be willing to talk with me about making a transfer of your Super8?
If anyone is still reading this thread and can help me I would SO appreciate it. I spoke with Jim Bridwell two days ago and he told me that the photographer‘s name was / is Bill Gowan and that last he heard he was living in Mexico somewhere. I am currently trying to license footage from Michele Radici‘s production "Yosemite Living Legend." Jim Bridwell gave his copy of this footage to Michele Radici in Italy for use in his film. Naturally, now, I am trying to find Bill Gowan to clear rights, if possible. If anyone knows Bill's whereabouts, it would be a huge help if you could let me know.
Also, for the owner of Super 8mm footage of this clip...can we talk? firstname.lastname@example.org