Rest in Peace My Dear Jim Pettigrew :-(


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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 10, 2017 - 07:29am PT
You have inherited Jim's smile! Boo-yah!

I met Jim in '68 and he was the epitome of dirtbaggers at the time.

We were never close but I always envied his climbing ability, which he worked hard to improve.

I'm so very sorry for your loss and the empty feeling...just a part of life. It will pass.

Thank you for that impressive post, too.

Trad climber
Tel Aviv
Oct 10, 2017 - 11:31am PT
Jim's Daughter, I remember working on a big condo remodel in Mammoth Lakes and one morning your father walked out and told everyone that you were born.
That huge smile on his face!

Condolences and well wishes to you. Keep smiling!

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Oct 10, 2017 - 12:03pm PT

Another classic guy, gone.

Condolences to all.
Jimís Daughter

Anaheim Hills, CA
Oct 10, 2017 - 02:56pm PT
Thank you all for your stories. They help so much!!!! I am sorry to everyone for your loss and emptiness you are all feeling. Talking helps. By the way my name is Jamie (named after my dad)
The Warbler

the edge of America
Oct 10, 2017 - 05:17pm PT
A group of us locals had been swimming down river near the Cookie, Jim included, and we met some euro climbers doing the same. A bit later we were hanging out at the deli, and one of the euros came up to us to say hi and mentioned he had lost his gold wire rimmed glasses in the ten foot deep swimming hole. He couldn't see hardly at all without them.

Jim suggested that we might be able to find them with a diving mask, and he knew someone who had one. He went and got it and we all piled in a van and went back.

Sure enough, Jim found 'em, and the guy bought us a case of beer. I was under age and I got so hammered I crashed my bike into a curb riding back to camp in the dark.

Miraculously unscathed!

Good times, we always remembered it as Diving for Dollars Day.

RIP buddy

Social climber
Oct 10, 2017 - 05:41pm PT
Adios amigo. See you one day at the big campfire in the sky.

Big Wall climber
Oct 10, 2017 - 11:49pm PT
that's real sad to see another legend go. i just repeated mirage on el cap this year and admired how hard it must have been with just knifeblades...i had peckers. and of course his creation lurking fear is a masterpiece, ever popular at this point in time. ss

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Oct 12, 2017 - 08:52pm PT

Mountain climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Oct 15, 2017 - 02:58pm PT
The Sheet, Mammoth Lakes newspaper, published Jim's obituary in this weekend's edition. Here's the link (can link only to the whole paper). Page 1 shows the photo of Werner Braun, Jim, Ron Kauk, and John Bachar. Jim's obituary is on page 13. Saw Jim just last month at the Bardini 20th event that Don Lauria organized. He was in good spirits.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Oct 15, 2017 - 07:51pm PT
Sorry to read this. I met Jim in 1969 in the Valley through Jerry Anderson, both of whom were very kind to this Valley newcomer (well, newcomer as a climber in the Valley, anyway). Jim's daughter, you have many reasons to be proud of your father. You and your family have my sympathy for the loss of a good man.


Trad climber
Oct 15, 2017 - 08:12pm PT
Just came across this thread. Never met the man, but have heard of him. My sincerest condolences to all his friends and family.
Jim Pettigrew

Social climber
Crowley Lake, CA
Oct 17, 2017 - 10:04am PT
A message from Shawna Pettigrew:
A little over a week ago I had to say good bye to my life partner and best friend, Jim Pettigrew. He had been my supporter, believer, traveling cohort, cook, bike mechanic, extreme listener, gardener, personal contractorÖ.. and so much more for the past 36 years. I am also thankful for the life he gave me and our daughters. I will miss him every day.

ďJim Pettigrew approached everything in his life with heart and gusto. His all-in philosophy is best known in the world of rock climbing. Soon after developing an interest in the sport in the late 1960ís, Jim moved to Yosemite Valley, where he became part of the famous and infamous Camp 4 community. Jim and his partners advanced climbing by testing new equipment and by pioneering many of the now-famous routes in the Valley. Because Jimís heart called him to help others, he also became involved in the Yosemite Valley search and rescue program. He plucked many climbers who were injured or just in over the heads off the big walls and delivered them to safety. Pettigrewís next pursuit was skiing. While his skill at racing drove him to become one of the top racers at Mammoth Mountain, his heart drive him to be a coach, where he developed the talent and character of Mammothís young. Jimís final outdoor love was cycling. He was a fixture on the roads of the Eastern Sierra, and he and his friends tackled the most challenging climbs in Europe, from the Dolomites to the Pyrenees.Ē Ė Daniel Horns (Jimís Brother-in-law)

Social climber
Ventura, California
Oct 21, 2017 - 08:28am PT
sorry to get here so late...

Nothing but fond memories Jim. You always had something funny and insightful to say. You certainly felt like a brother. My deepest condolences to his family and his friends.

Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Oct 24, 2017 - 03:05pm PT
Damn. I am very sorry to hear of Jimís death. I had somehow missed running into him in the intervening years since the seventies. We connected on Supertopo a few years ago and I always hoped to catch up with him in person, but it that was not in the cards.

Jim was already a fixture in the valley my first summer there of 1973 and I have nothing but great memories of him: bouldering, hanging at Camp Four or the lounge, or when the Valley got too hot, laughing over beers at the picnic tables of the Tuolumne Meadows store. Those were some very good moments in our lives.

That well-known photo of him with Bachar, Kauk, and Werner is from the mid seventies when Jim and those guys visited El Dorado Canyon. That same summer, he had a serious accident, the result of a slide down an icy couloir in Rocky Mountain National Park. I remember Jim telling me about it and I am reminded of him every time I catch a glimpse of the Taylor Glacier above Loch Vale in RMNP.

To his wife, daughter and family, my sincere condolences.

Rick Accomazzo
Jimís Daughter

Anaheim Hills, CA
Nov 12, 2017 - 04:50pm PT
Hello friends of Jim Pettigrew. Please come celebrate his life. We are...
Hello friends of Jim Pettigrew. Please come celebrate his life. We are putting together a slideshow to play during the celebration. Please email your pictures of my dad to Jessica Barker at If you have any questions please feel free
Credit: Jimís Daughter
Jimís Daughter

Anaheim Hills, CA
Nov 12, 2017 - 04:51pm PT
If you have any questions about the celebration please email me at Thank you so much! Hope everyone can come!

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Nov 12, 2017 - 05:21pm PT
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