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Mountain climber
Redmond, Oregon
Feb 16, 2018 - 11:59am PT
I am so thankful to have met and partied with Jim. He was a badass and his willingness to share knowledge and his drive to push the limits will continue to influence our community for decades to come.

John Mac

Trad climber
Breckenridge, CO
Feb 16, 2018 - 12:02pm PT
Condolences to his family and many friends.

SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, A sailboat, or some time zone
Feb 16, 2018 - 12:03pm PT
Total goosebumps and huge sighs.

Itís always hard to process the passing of someone bigger than life.

The footprints left behind will never be filled.

Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 16, 2018 - 12:06pm PT
Wondering if it was kidney failure just like Layton's namesake.

Stay hydrated people.

Trad climber
Feb 16, 2018 - 12:11pm PT
The Bird has flown the cage. RIP Jim, thanks for all of your contributions to the climbing world.

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Feb 16, 2018 - 12:13pm PT
RIP, and my condolences to all his friends and family on here.
I only ever met him once, but obviously he was a figure of huge importance in our sport and a good friend and mentor to many here.

Big Wall climber
Denver, CO
Feb 16, 2018 - 12:14pm PT
The world is less now. I'm so sorry for the family's loss.

Trad climber
portland, or
Feb 16, 2018 - 12:15pm PT
My sincerest condolences and best wishes and thoughts for family and friends.

Although I never met him, he was one of my greatest climbing idols in the 70s. Truly a living legend, before, now and hereafter.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 16, 2018 - 12:16pm PT
Condolences, and thanks Jim!

Trad climber
Feb 16, 2018 - 12:17pm PT
RIP. His legacy will live on for a long, long time.

Mountain climber
Timbers of Fennario
Feb 16, 2018 - 12:20pm PT
To be, or not to be--that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep--
No more--and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to. 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep--
To sleep--perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause. There's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th' oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th' unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all

Farewell Jim Bridwell

Straight outta Squampton
Feb 16, 2018 - 12:20pm PT
Give 'em hell Jim, wherever you are now!

Trad climber
King City, CA
Feb 16, 2018 - 12:22pm PT
A Pinnacles Pioneer - we are diminished by his passing.

Trad climber
Idyllwild, California
Feb 16, 2018 - 12:23pm PT
Yet another legend left us. Condolences to the Bridwell family and his many friends worldwide.

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
Feb 16, 2018 - 12:23pm PT

Until Valhalla
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Feb 16, 2018 - 12:30pm PT
Better be crags in Heaven.

Thanks for your years of stoke.
dave yerian

Trad climber
the parking lot
Feb 16, 2018 - 12:30pm PT
I was 16.5 years old when I first started climbing with Jim. One day we went to climb Midterm, at Arch Rock in Yosemite Valley. I pulled out the gear in my pack, including hexentrics. As I handed my rack to Jim thinking he was going to lead he said, "Oh no. You're going to lead."
I thought to myself, "this is one of my first 5.10's I have ever led in Yosemite. (At that time there weren't many 5.11's being climbed.)

As Jim top roped up after my lead all I heard was cussing and swearing as he approached the anchor. He said, "holy sh#t, what kind of an anchor is this?" I didn't know when you top roped you needed to put carabiners in the anchor for the second to come up, so I had rope on sling.

When Jim got to the ground he said, "a lot of you young climbers are good at bouldering, but you know nothing about anchoring and protection." Bridwell taught us brats how to be safe climbers and survive. I am glad for the brother he has always been to me.

In the last days of his life I was there with him and glad to be his friend until the end. God Bless Jim and his soul.

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:40pm PT

My condolences to Peggy & Layton


El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Feb 16, 2018 - 12:41pm PT
That dude takes a lot of history with him.
Luckily he left a bunch behind too.

What a legend.


Feb 16, 2018 - 12:45pm PT
So sorry to hear this. A legendary climber. RIP
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