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 UKC News 16 Feb 2018
American big wall climbing pioneer Jim Bridwell has passed away aged 73 in Palm Springs, California, following a period of illness. In January Jim was diagnosed with kidney failure and Hepatitis C and a crowdfunding campaign was launched by his son, Layton, to assist with the medical expenses. A legend of the Golden Age of climbing in Yosemite and beyond, Jim's achievements included over 100 first ascents in the Valley, most notably Sea of Dreams on El Capitan and the first one-day ascent of the Nose in 1975 with Billy Westbay and John Long.

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 Purple 16 Feb 2018
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THE Main Man.

Pioneering, prolific, brave and a legacy of awe-inspiring climbs.

“we did a good job up there”

Yes you did, always.

Rest easy Jim. 

 Cog 16 Feb 2018
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That's a shame.

 

Met him once when he was guiding and he was a really nice guy.

 abr1966 16 Feb 2018
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Impressive guy....proper old school, RIP Jim...

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When I saw Valley Uprising as I was getting into climbing I was completely blown away by what the guy was all about. An absolute legend. 

 neilh 17 Feb 2018
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Legend. RIP 

 Goucho 17 Feb 2018
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Sad news. He was one the legends in climbing history.

I was privileged to meet him a couple of times in the Valley.

I think it was Abraham Lincoln who said "...and in the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years."

Jim Bridwell lived one hell of a life, and leaves us all, one hell of a legacy.

RIP 'The Bird'.

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 Doug 17 Feb 2018
 Rick Graham 18 Feb 2018
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> Sad news. He was one the legends in climbing history.

> I was privileged to meet him a couple of times in the Valley.

> I think it was Abraham Lincoln who said "...and in the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years."

> Jim Bridwell lived one hell of a life, and leaves us all, one hell of a legacy.

> RIP 'The Bird'.

I am lost for words in how to explain his legacy.  It has taken a couple of days to put finger to keyboard.

Arguably the most accomplished and inspirational all rounder in climbing.

Only met him once.  He lent us a portaledge.  I was overawed enough entering the SAR but overwelmed when realising that the loaner was the man himself.  Climbing royalty.  RIP

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 Grahame N 19 Feb 2018

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