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Bridwell in 2003

Jim Bridwell (July 29, 1944 – February 16, 2018) was an American rock climber and mountaineer. He was active from 1965 until his death in 2018. He especially performed in Yosemite Valley, but also in Patagonia and Alaska. He was known for pushing the standards of both free climbing and big-wall climbing, and later alpine climbing. He has written many articles on climbing for leading sport publications.

Bridwell died in Palm Desert, California on February 16, 2018 from complications of hepatitis C at the age of 73.[1]


  1. Raleigh, Duane, "Jim Bridwell, Founder of YOSAR and Big-Wall Godfather, Dead at 73," Rock and Ice, Carbondale, Colorado, published on February 16, 2018. [1]

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