Author Topic: Keld Head  (Read 12722 times)

Offline mmilner

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Re: Keld Head
« Reply #25 on: October 29, 2013, 12:42:09 pm »
Have just watched The Underground Eiger. (Thanx D!  :thumbsup: ) Brilliant. Esp. the bits showing the night before at the Hill Inn. Brings back happy memories, esp. watching peeps squeezing through those wheels, lol. Always was a good night in there...
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Re: Keld Head
« Reply #26 on: August 27, 2015, 02:17:10 pm »
"The Underground Eiger" was a Yorkshire TV production which went out on 21st February 1979.  The Yorkshire film Archive is putting the film onto the BFI Player sometime next year.  I have just watched the film for the first time, and have only now learnt of the suicide of Oliver Statham later that year.  It came as a big surprise because there was nothing in the film to indicate that Oliver (the Bear) was in anything other than a good frame of mind.  It must have been awful for his girl friend, Anne Poole, who also features heavily in the programme.  If anyone has any thoughts on what led Oliver to take his life I would like to hear them.  Incidently, it seems form the film that his pottery workshop is in Skitpon, although elsewhere I have read that it was in Sedbergh.  Has anyone got any information on this?

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Re: Keld Head
« Reply #27 on: August 27, 2015, 04:18:40 pm »
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3953027

An interesting post on a different site.

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Re: Keld Head
« Reply #28 on: August 27, 2015, 04:24:29 pm »
Possibly, once he'd achieved his underground/underwater Everest  something very special, he looked over the other side and didn't see anywhere to go. Anything that followed couldn't be that special, at least to someone who may have had depression. Supposition of course but I have noticed a tendency to depression and suicide in cavers.

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Re: Keld Head
« Reply #29 on: August 27, 2015, 07:14:11 pm »
Just be aware that many of Bear's mates are still around and actively caving. I'm not sure that idle speculation on a public forum about the circumstances of his death are that good an idea.

Incidentally he was not "the Bear"; everyone knew him simply as Bear.

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Re: Keld Head
« Reply #30 on: October 04, 2015, 09:35:42 pm »
The "Underground Eiger" is a superb film and as an ex cave diver, I can only say that it encapsulates perfectly the joyous anarchy that used to reign in both caving and cave diving.

In contrast to the current sad situation that has pertained in both caving and cave diving, since Fish (in one can only imagine was a moment of madness)handed control of the CDG over to a civil servant! 
« Last Edit: October 05, 2015, 08:00:00 pm by Badlad, Reason: Sentence removed on request »
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Re: Keld Head
« Reply #31 on: June 21, 2018, 01:59:22 pm »
For those following this thread - that reference to BFI is now a reality and can be found below. User should note that one of the songs played during the sequence in the Hill Inn had to be removed for license reasons. Sid Perou has a copy of the film in his youtube page with everything entact.

Enjoy

https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-the-underground-eiger-1979-online

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Re: Keld Head
« Reply #32 on: June 24, 2018, 01:21:14 am »
Love all of sids films.  Including the one on Lancaster featuring Jim Eyre.  Speleogenesis is also good with interesting music.  Think Geoff Yeadon did the underwater shots in it.

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