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Pate

Trad climber
The High And Lonely
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 5, 2009 - 10:52pm PT
i have no pictures or big wall epic stories. all i have is this: the bird once force fed me cold semi rancid greasy turkey trimmings out of a gallon sized zip loc baggy in J-Tree a week after thanksgiving. upon being offered the bag i initially held up my hand and said "No thanks-I'm a vegetarian". the bird looked at me like i had two heads and said "Never turn down free food". one minute later i was not a vegetarian any more.

i know there are maybe just a few photos and tales out there............
Dirka

Trad climber
SF
Mar 5, 2009 - 11:04pm PT
He put up the first 10a. at the Pinns. Thing scarred the bejeeezzus out of me.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Mar 5, 2009 - 11:12pm PT












Pate

Trad climber
The High And Lonely
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 5, 2009 - 11:19pm PT
truth be told, he kinda scared me into that turkey......
drljefe

climber
Old Pueblo, AZ
Mar 5, 2009 - 11:22pm PT
When justifying my tobacco habit I like to quote the Bird-
"High altitude training"

At a Phoenix Bouldering Comp back when, we were all pretty loaded around the fire and watched the Bird clock some kook that had said something mean about Layton(son). The kook went flying.
Bridwell is a bad ass.

The dude cranks.

'Nuff respect!
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Mar 5, 2009 - 11:23pm PT
Made you, pate'?
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Mar 5, 2009 - 11:33pm PT
I'm not entirely certain that it is possible for a bird to scare you into a turkey.
Mimi

climber
Mar 5, 2009 - 11:36pm PT
New school climber threatens to sue. Old school climber clocks kook. Nuff said!
Pate

Trad climber
The High And Lonely
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 5, 2009 - 11:38pm PT
when john stannard and jim bridwell offer you turkey, even if you are a veg, you just do not refuse. call it peer pressure.
MisterE

Trad climber
One Place or Another
Mar 5, 2009 - 11:40pm PT
Working for EntrePrise, I met Jim when we installed some walls for "Gym Bridwell" in Palm Springs.

His gig at that time was he had found a blank cliff nearby and drilled routes so that every move was representative of the grade, i.e., if it was a 5.11b climb, EVERY MOVE was 5.11b.

I was impressed that he could have the grading so sussed that he could do that.

Cheers to the Iconoclast, in many ways he shows unforged paths

Erik Wolfe
WBraun

climber
Mar 5, 2009 - 11:42pm PT
I refused. He ate the goat meat in Africa and I didn't.

The bird and shultze got so sick they couldn't even stand up for 3 days. The sh'it was running out of em like a river.

But the bird is still god .....
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Mar 5, 2009 - 11:45pm PT
Peter Haan, Several nice new pics since I've been on the Taco. Thank you. I am a Bridwell couture fan, big time. Two new pics here of threads never seen by yo before. (Including headbands) ENJOYING. :DD Lynnie

EDIT: Yeah, and then there's his climbing.....hehehe :))
Pate

Trad climber
The High And Lonely
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 5, 2009 - 11:47pm PT
i read that down in patagonia he once headed out to rustle a sheep for dinner. when the angry gaucho came upon him out in the middle of nowhere trying to catch a sheep, jim got off by the making the universal "i was just looking for some love" hip thrusts. the gaucho smiled and nodded and left him alone with his date.
Mimi

climber
Mar 5, 2009 - 11:48pm PT
That is too funny, Werner. A god...even if the royal plumage was heavily soiled. LOL!

Pate: No effing way! Bodacious cowboy such as your friend...
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Mar 5, 2009 - 11:57pm PT
When compared to prior major personalities in climbing, he might not have had the boutique intellectualism of RR, Pratt, Roper, Steck but he was mightily on task in leading us into the new climbing, in a huge variety of ways, helping many many young climbers get going and find home. I always thought of JB as a white-girl Jimi Hendrix of granite climbing. Jim B. had genius skills with people when he wanted to and when it counted. He was and still is a luminary, flakey, deep and multivalent. Most people could not take him after awhile. For me even there was a period when I thought that we were adversaries but this sick thought vanished as time went by and so when he and I re-united back about 8 years ago on the East side of the Sierras at a reunion that McLean and Carter put on, it became clear I had to update how I saw him. We spent a half day sitting on a log the day after the event when everyone was gone, talking as if only time had come between us in those 30 years.

ph
Pate

Trad climber
The High And Lonely
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 6, 2009 - 12:01am PT
PH, he has always been one of my heros. i used to have that bad ass picture of him and the boys in the meadow with the sweep of the nose behind them, arms crossed and looking as tough as nails, taped up on the dashboard of my vw. a total inspiration for me.
BooYah

Social climber
Ruby Range
Mar 6, 2009 - 12:03am PT
Jim is my friend. Yeah. Definitely a fun guy. Freaky, too. Whoa.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Mar 6, 2009 - 12:06am PT
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Mar 6, 2009 - 12:10am PT
Here we are at near Henley Quits back of Camp Four, with the late and great Billy Westbay in the yellow shirt.

Pate

Trad climber
The High And Lonely
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 6, 2009 - 12:11am PT
that's the one. awesome.
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