Bridwellfest April 24th, Sat. Joshua Tree, Calif.


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Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 29, 2010 - 11:09pm PT
There will be a Bridwellfest on Sat. April 24th, in Joshua Tree California, at the Gordon Ranch . The Bridwellfest is a fundraiser to help the Bridwell family meet their financial obligations, and make sure their future is a happy, healthy , and secure one. Our goal is to raise $10,000, which I believe is a realistic and obtainable goal. The Bridwellfest will have a Jim Bridwell presentation (slideshow and/or DVD), live music by the California Celts (Reggae/ska), an awesome sushi bar, almost any or all of Jim's climbing gear for sale or auction, booze, merriment, and I would imagine the support of climbers throughout the world. This is an evening of friends, fans, and supporters of Jim Bridwell, the father of modern Yosemite Big Wall climbing, and North American's premier Alpine Master. There is no charge for this event, other than you need to buy at least one piece of climbing history from Jim from his collection of climbing gear. If you are on a budget, there will be many items under $ if you are a poor dirtbag, you are welcome. If you are a high roller, invester, collector, or philanthropist, please feel free to throw it down and help us reach our goal of $10,000. I also encourage those who wish to attend, to really make an evening of this event...(meaning don't plan on staying an hour or two, and then hittin' the Motel 6 for a "good night's sleep"). This is to be an "old school" evening in the style that is fitting for Jim Bridwell;....beers, friends, real partying, and a late night......if you can't commit to this, maybe this isn't an event for you.
Here is how I plan to raise $10,000 for a man who has giving and shared with so many and inspired almost anyone who has ever tied into a rope.
We have already made a fair amount of money so far selling off some of Jim's gear, which is already water off a duck's back. The starting date is Feb. 1st, and the end date is April 24th to raise the $10,000. I will be mailing out a letter to climbing companies, the climbing industry, and the climbing community to chip in and help us reach out goal;....while the climbing industry doesn't really owe Jim anything other than admiration and respect, I believe that climbing is where it is today because of Jim and people like Jim who have inspired us to great things just by the fact that Jim has opened up the doors to all the possibilities that we as climbers have, if we just summons up the sac, the mental toughness, and the desire to push our limits, take a chance, throw it down, and give it our best shot. Look at our climbing heroes;....such as Bridwell, Kor, Fred Beckey, Tucker Tech, Kurt Smith, Jimmy Dunn, Kyle Copeland, etc.....not what you would call high rolling multi-millionaires ...yet they are "rock" stars in their own right, least to us anyways.....In these trying times, we have to all work together to help each other out. I am psyched and proud to be hosting this event, and I have confidence that the climbing community can come together on this one, step up to the plate to bat for Jim, or hell; least show up at the party and have a beer or three.
How can you help out?
1) Attend this event and buy something from Jim for your collection of climbing goodies;...this will help out alot.
2) If you can't attend , but would like to help us reach our goal, please send a check made out to Jim Bridwell and send it c/o Todd Gordon P.O. Box 138 Joshua Tree, California 92252 or use paypal too at and we will make sure Jim gets the dough.
3) If you are in the climbing industry, encourage your company to help out and make a donation.
4) If you would like to donate anything to sell or auction off at the Bridwellfest, please send it to Todd Gordon P.O. Box 138 Joshua Tree, California 92252 call or email me with your idea, item you wish to donate, and idea to help reach our $10,000 goal.
5) If you manufacture any climbing gear, clothes, books, etc. that can be sold, auctioned, or raffled off to help us reach our goal, please help us out in this reguard.
6) Any other ideas to help raise money and reach our goal, please let me know.

All in all, it should be an awesome evening, not to be missed, and one that we, as climbers, should be proud of and support as a community. As special thanks to those of you who have already helped the Bridwells out financially ; guys RULE! And a special hats off to those who are true dirtbags who are living the life and too poor to even own a car;....I say BRAVO to you; deserve a fundraiser too! This event is not going to be a slick, mega-planned out event;...I intent to keep it simple as possible. Basically show up, have fun, party down, support Jim, and don't drive if you have been drinking. I will be posting a running tab of our progress in the money raised, those who are helping out, and it would be good to get a guest list of those who plan to attend, just like the supertopo Woodson list;...just to see all of our friends who plan to attend. I look at this whole evening as a win-win gig......we all benefit from such an event. Roy's benefit party last year here was an awesome event, a gas, and a great time had by all;....this will be a similar event. Keep checking this and other related posts for up-dates, information, ideas, and see you there. Jim is very appreciative and grateful to the climbing community and looks forward to seeing his pals, meeting new friends, saying thanks to you all for the support, and having an evening of it. Todd Gordon Joshua Tree, California
(760) 366-9395

Captain...or Skully

Social climber
You wanted to!
Jan 29, 2010 - 11:11pm PT
I am SO there.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Jan 29, 2010 - 11:20pm PT
Good idea!

I'll see what I can do to help.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2010 - 12:19am PT
Planning to attend;
1. Jim Bridwell
2. Todd Gordon
3. Tucker Tech
4. Captain...or Skully
5. Lynne Leichtfuss
6. F10
7. Skeptimistic
8. Robert Fonda
9. Ron Gomez
10. Cracko
11. Bullwinkle
12. DEE (Dave Ernest Evans)
13. Cynthia L
14. G.Davis
15-19 Cal Celts (5 piece ragaae/ska band)
20. Nature (Sushi master)
21. Norm Miller (Dallas, Tx.)
22. Locker
23. Pat Dennis
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2010 - 12:20am PT
Funds raised to reach our goal of $10,000 (Feb 1st to April 24th, 2010)

1. Todd Gordon $100 donation
2. Ihateplastic t-shirt donations
3. G Davis one pair new climbing shoes donation
4. Cracko $500 (and more before Feb. 1st...)
5. Al Sanderson $250
6. Tim Schafstall $25
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
Will know soon
Jan 30, 2010 - 12:50am PT
Todd, Will be there and can come early to help. Will see what I can come up with to help Jim. Goods and/or money. Sounds like grate fun. Peace to Jim. lynne

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Jan 30, 2010 - 02:43am PT
Todd... I will have some shirts (DOLT, A5, BAT, etc.) coming your way for this.

Jan 30, 2010 - 02:52am PT
Todd, you are awesome.

Jen turns 40 on 4/20 and at this point I am not sure if we will be in town that weekend. We will probably in the Bay Area to celebrate either the weekend before or that weekend.

Regardless, we will do what we can to help.

I'll do what I can to make her bday thing the weekend before. Would really love to be there...


Trad climber
Jan 30, 2010 - 09:07pm PT

I will be there, I have time to help out,

Back to the front page,


Trad climber
Jan 30, 2010 - 09:12pm PT
Paging ihateplastic. Mr. plastic hater, please come to customer service.....

I see a hell of an opportunity to sell some t-shirts and send some fundage to Jim. Birdfest? There is so much to work with here.

Mountain climber
Jan 30, 2010 - 10:20pm PT
The timing couldn't be better for me. Finals are done on the 21st, and I'm gonna need to blow off some severely pent up stress. I'll be there unless I'm preempted by family emergency. Thanks for making this happen!
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2010 - 10:39pm PT
As for the April 24th date;...I had originally planned for April 10th;...a date that Roy (Tarbuster, AKA Beadwagon) and I had hashed out months ago.....but the band was unavaliable this date;..they were already booked for this date;.....I even asked them if they would do a double gig that night, and they said yes if they could fit it in....but they could not...not enough I tried to push for this date, but could not. I know it won't work for some, and will for others....but it's the date I could get Jim and the band...and those are two that I need to be in attendence. Hopefully, Roy can revamp his schedule....for that was a day that he and I had hoped for..... I really pushed for that day, but couldn't swing it.....

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Jan 30, 2010 - 11:36pm PT
Johntp... Already thinking along those lines! Lots of time to get it right... pre-orders, etc. Todd, I will be in touch on this idea ,too.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 30, 2010 - 11:41pm PT
The Camel concession alone should be worth a grand! Berg heil, best of luck.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2010 - 11:42pm PT
Cool;....Bridwellfest t-shirts;......lots of different sizes for everyone from the small sexy shirts for the hot babes....all the way up to XXL for the old fat yuppies with man-boobs.......a t-shirt design and size for everyone.....awesome....

Trad climber
Jan 31, 2010 - 12:05am PT
plastic hater-

there is so much to go with. let me know if you need some help with the frontage.

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Jan 31, 2010 - 12:53am PT
Here's a few Bird shots from many a moon ago. Photos by Edgar Boyles from Aspen, Co.

Trad climber
Quartz Hill, California
Jan 31, 2010 - 01:37pm PT
Cracko is in Todd !
tinker b

the commonwealth
Feb 1, 2010 - 12:49am PT
bump for the bird

Social climber
Newport, OR
Feb 1, 2010 - 06:09am PT
What a great thing you are doing for our own legendary master. Quite the philanthropic gesture sir!
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