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WBraun

climber
May 29, 2018 - 08:20pm PT
From Alpinist -- "Yosemite Search and Rescue team (YOSAR), which was founded by Bridwell, "

I thought it was Pete Thompson Valley district ranger who founded YOSAR back then?

He wanted Bridwell to head it but Jim declined .......
CathC

Social climber
Wyoming
May 29, 2018 - 08:26pm PT
Dick and Judith Erb, Tom Kimbrough, Jude
Dick and Judith Erb, Tom Kimbrough, Jude
Credit: CathC
CathC

Social climber
Wyoming
May 29, 2018 - 08:30pm PT
Steve Sutton Catherine Cullinane
Steve Sutton Catherine Cullinane
Credit: Will Oxx
CathC

Social climber
Wyoming
May 29, 2018 - 08:38pm PT
Peggy Bridwell, Jane Jackson, Gerry Accomazzo,Catherine Cullinane
Peggy Bridwell, Jane Jackson, Gerry Accomazzo,Catherine Cullinane
Credit: CathC
CathC

Social climber
Wyoming
May 29, 2018 - 08:39pm PT
Such a wonderful tribute to Jim Bridwell, and a great gathering of old friends.
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
May 30, 2018 - 02:37am PT
Ron,

A huge thanks to you and all who gathered to honour Jim's memory.
Great to see so many familiar faces in the pictures posted here.
Wish I could have been there but couldn't get away from work for the long trip to Yosemite.

Best to all of you!

Perry
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
May 30, 2018 - 04:34am PT
Regarding Werner's comments on the origin of YOSAR, Wayne Merry posted the concise history here: http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=2345312&msg=2506152#msg2506152

If Wayne's dates are correct (I think they are) the first YOSAR site was in 1970 in the campground under Glacier Point Apron near the garbage dump, which is where bears ate. Bev Johnson was chomped on the shoulder while sleeping in her pup tent that Spring.

I don't think that the 1970s climbing boom would have happened if it were not for YOSAR and Jim. Jim was very inclusive and as the head of the YOSAR site, he offered a welcoming place to stay for visiting climbers; it created a physically close community of regulars and visitors that fostered great climbing. I have written about this time here http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=654801&msg=654801#msg654801
and here
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1036610&msg=1036610#msg1036610.

I don't think that I would use the term "founder" to describe Jim's role in YOSAR, but I don't have a good alternative. There were rangers who could manage the worst of the climbers and there were climbers who could manage the worst of the rangers. As Werner notes, Pete Thompson was an integral part of managing those relationships. It also helped that all of the rangers were respectful of the huge talent of the climbers on display on big rescues. We were fast, safe, organized and easy to deal with (at least during rescues). Then is was back to snarling at each other.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
May 30, 2018 - 07:50am PT
we changed it, though it is hard to characterize Jim's contribution in a brief clause... maybe it still doesn't quite work.

my fault for not trying to track down the details and just repeating stuff I'd heard, and forgetting about Wayne's post
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
May 30, 2018 - 07:52am PT
Ed, when's that new guide comin out???
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
May 30, 2018 - 08:20am PT
Yes, Lynne, I'm holding a bunch of pix, not for wanting to post them. I've been busy creating a "defensible space" from potential wildfires at our new house while burning of potential fuels is still permitted. And there is also my tour biz that requires my time... Soon tho... Patience please...
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
May 30, 2018 - 09:21am PT
Ed, when's that new guide comin out???
I don't know, but it is...
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
May 30, 2018 - 10:09am PT
Such a physicist. Always happy with the certainty of probabilities.

The probability I will order a copy is 1, minus unforeseen difficulties, such as I died of old age waiting. Buzz
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
May 30, 2018 - 10:18am PT
Ed, may I borrow your answer regarding your book? :) :)

I will wait patiently, Boodawg. :)
Mighty Hiker

climber
Outside the Asylum
May 30, 2018 - 10:33am PT
The new guidebook is being kept in a box with Schrodinger's cat.
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Jun 13, 2018 - 08:22pm PT
OK, Lynne! Thank you for your patience...

Some of these people's names whose pics I took I don't know, so please chime in so I can label them correctly. Thank you all!

Jeff Mathis and Mouse
Jeff Mathis and Mouse
Credit: BooDawg

Guido
Guido
Credit: BooDawg

Rick Linkert
Rick Linkert
Credit: BooDawg

Jim Valensi
Jim Valensi
Credit: BooDawg

Steve Grossman
Steve Grossman
Credit: BooDawg

Susan Seagoat
Susan Seagoat
Credit: BooDawg

More to come soon, I promise.

Good one, Roger!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jun 13, 2018 - 08:38pm PT
Thanks CathC and BooDawg
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Jun 13, 2018 - 10:30pm PT
Rick Linkert
Rick Linkert
Credit: BooDawg

Hey BooDawg,

This is Rick Linkert
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jun 13, 2018 - 10:41pm PT
I like the photo of Susan Seagoat. She is just as beautiful as I pictured her from her posts.
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Jun 15, 2018 - 03:04pm PT
Thank you, Stimbo!

My apologies that these are coming in small groups, but I'm squeezing them in between tours, house-building and gardening. Look for future postings on the "building" and "gardening" threads...

Again, everyone's help with identities would be appreciated by all...

Ron Gomez!! We ALL, especially the Bridwells, owe him a huge applause ...
Ron Gomez!! We ALL, especially the Bridwells, owe him a huge applause of gratitude for all he's done to support Jim, his family, and all of us through this especially difficult time.
Credit: BooDawg

Bill Nickell
Bill Nickell
Credit: BooDawg

Nancy McKeown, Guido's wife.
Nancy McKeown, Guido's wife.
Credit: BooDawg

Lynnie!
Lynnie!
Credit: BooDawg

Erret Allen and Bill Russell: They surely are handsome lads who were o...
Erret Allen and Bill Russell: They surely are handsome lads who were obviously enjoying the event!
Credit: BooDawg

"The Reverend" Jeff Mathis &#40;L&#41; and Mike White.
"The Reverend" Jeff Mathis (L) and Mike White.
Credit: BooDawg

More to come...
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jun 15, 2018 - 04:04pm PT
Boo; Jim Valensi/bombolino
Nice to hang with you in camp Jim.

Jim Valensi
Jim Valensi
Credit: T Hocking
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