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mountain girl

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Feb 12, 2018 - 07:34pm PT
Stay strong, Bird.
Sending healing, positive energy your way....
karabin museum

Trad climber
phoenix, az
Feb 12, 2018 - 08:26pm PT

Peggy called today. I think she just needed somebody to talk to.
I told her that everybody has prayers for Jim, and what you are going through.

Many hugs to the Bridwell family


Social climber
Feb 12, 2018 - 09:11pm PT
hey there say, karabin museum... that was very nice of you,
to share that with her...

thanks for letting us all know...

Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Feb 12, 2018 - 09:31pm PT
May peace be with you.


Mountain climber
Feb 12, 2018 - 10:28pm PT
I Wish You Peace

I wish you peace when the cold winds blow
Warmed by the fire's glow
I wish you comfort in the, the lonely time
And arms to hold you when you ache inside
I wish you hope when things are going bad
Kind words when times are sad
I wish you shelter from the, the raging wind
Cooling waters at the fever's end
I wish you peace when times are hard
The light to guide you through the dark
And when storms are high and your, your dreams are low
I wish you the strength to let love grow on
I wish you the strength to let love flow
I wish you peace when times are hard
A light…

Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Feb 13, 2018 - 06:26pm PT
The Bird in full plumage,circa 1975.

Credit: Rick A
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Feb 14, 2018 - 02:45am PT

all climbers rise to see this day

and say - hey that, right there, is the life of the rock climber

send well hero of the cult.

blessings of peace to all

in tears here
just mention
here's to the Lifers!

Also, the less well known, in the shadow of the Bird, every bit as worthy,
John Myers & Dave Lanman
(Hangdog Flyers - both)
John Mac

Trad climber
Breckenridge, CO
Feb 14, 2018 - 05:35am PT
A bump for the Bird!

Wishing you and your family all the best.
ron gomez

Trad climber
Feb 14, 2018 - 06:34am PT
In true Bridwell style....Happy Anniversary to Peggy and Jim! If there was one thing I got from being around the two of them was their true, long enduring, puppy Love they have for each other! Truly blessed to see that side of Jim. He was like a teenage boy in first love...always put a smile on my face to hear him on the phone with her, waiting to leave on road trips while they said goodbye to eachother and his joy to be on our way home so he could be back with her!
Happy Anniversary you two little Love Birds.

And Happy Valentines!

Feb 14, 2018 - 07:00am PT
Love to Jim and Peggy, indeed!

TFPU, Gomez!


Ice climber
Feb 14, 2018 - 07:11am PT
Sweet thoughts, Ron. You are a great friend.

Social climber
joshua tree
Feb 14, 2018 - 07:20am PT
That's nice to know Ron😘

Big Wall climber
Typewriters and Ledges
Feb 14, 2018 - 09:45am PT
New threads popping up and FB posts to Bridwell's page today about Bridwell's death, can anyone confirm or deny? New info or people duped by the erroneous 12th reporting date from the wiki page?
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 14, 2018 - 09:57am PT
Jim is still with us, as far as I know. He is on life support at the hospital.

Social climber
great white north
Feb 14, 2018 - 09:59am PT
Per notes upthread, lets lend a sense of calm and dignity to a fellow-climber. No need to import the 24 hour news cycle into a period when a mortal coil is being shed.

Trad climber
Westminster, CA
Feb 14, 2018 - 10:07am PT
Heart of Stone... Long live the Bird... Met him in the mid 90s out in Jtree... i was having car issues and checking my oil (with the engine running... duh) and here he comes strolling up. He told me to turn the car off and then check the oil... I felt like such an idiot. haha... Then met him again at a North Face slide show (Costa Mesa). I believe it was after he did some climbing in Alaska. It was soo good. He said something that really stuck out to me... "Back in the day... Our best protection was courage." He signed my climbing magazine to my unborn son Warren Zeno Esparza.

The Bird...
The Bird...
Credit: Esparza
John Mac

Trad climber
Breckenridge, CO
Feb 14, 2018 - 10:52am PT
Thanks for the update Todd.

Social climber
Wilds of New Mexico
Feb 14, 2018 - 10:54am PT
Best wishes to his family and friends. He is an inspirational climber.

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Feb 14, 2018 - 11:02am PT
Time for another Bridwell story.....

I am in the Lodge parking lot and I see Jim hulking this huge sewing machine across the road towards Camp 4. I saunter over and ask him what up. He tells me that now that he's an alpinist he's been getting sponsored by a bunch of different climbing-related companies with all sorts of products. The problem is that they are all prototypes; the companies wanting Jim to test out their new designs in the harshest environments.

Jim tells me he is fed up with zippers breaking and fabric ripping high on the climb with success in sight. So, he's going to start making his own equipment so it won't fail on him.

The Gunks y'all
Feb 14, 2018 - 11:06am PT
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