Go watch Valley Uprising on Netflix, it's amazing and features some clips if this guy right here! #climber#jimbridwell#yosemite#Repost@theschneidertimes (@get_repost)
PALM DESERT, Calif. (TST) — Jim Bridwell, a hard-partying hippie and legendary climber who lived his life vertically on some of the toughest peaks in Yosemite National Park, has died. He was 73.
Bridwell died Friday morning at a hospital. He had liver and kidney failure from hepatitis C that he may have contracted in the 1980s when he got a tattoo from a headhunting tribe in Borneo, his wife, Peggy Bridwell of Palm Desert, told The Associated Press on Saturday.
The flamboyant Bridwell was idolized by some and labelled reckless by others, but no one disputed his sheer skill on a rock face.
He made some 100 first ascents in the California park and on peaks in Alaska and the Andes. In 1975, Bridwell, John Long and Billy Westbay became the first climbers to ascend a route called The Nose on Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan in a single day. A previous climbing team had needed seven days. A photograph of them afterward with Bridwell shirtless in a psychedelic vest and smoking a cigarette became famous.
While he may have been viewed as reckless, Bridwell also helped establish the first formal Yosemite search-and-rescue team, pioneered rescue techniques and invented climbing gear.
Climbing “was his life,” Peggy Bridwell said. “He didn’t care if you were a good climber, if you were a bad climber, if it was your first climb. He was always willing to help. He was a great teacher.” Fellow climber Dean Fidelman, 62, told the San Francisco Chronicle how Bridwell was the person you would go to if you got into trouble on a climb. “He was the kind of guy who brought out the best of you... but he was also a child of the ’60s, a hard drinking guy, who took acid trips as part of his journey and smoked unfiltered Camels almost until the end of his life,” Fidelman said. “He lived life with a lot of passion.” Bridwell, who loved birds of prey and was nicknamed “the Bird,” began climbing in the 1960s. In the 1970s, he was part of an outlaw group of Yosemite climbers who took on the hardest, steepest and most
Yesterday morning we brewed coffee overlooking the most beautiful landscape I've ever seen. As I sat there I was thinking to myself that this couldn't possibly get any better, when these two coyotes decide to play in the meadow super close to us. Are you kidding me?! #takemeback#yosemite#nationalparks#getoutside
Mali and mom, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
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De alguna manera u otra todos buscamos la luz, como fotógrafo es ese momento del día que dura solo algunos minutos, como actor, ese momento en donde la atención está en ti y suele durar solo algunos segundos, como explorador y aventurero es ese instante en el que te das cuenta que la manejada, escalada, preparación y sobrellevar todas las barreras, valieron la pena! Feliz Lunes y sigan buscando su luz ———————————————————————————
We’re always in search of light. As a photographer it’s that moment of the day that usually lasts a few minutes, as an actor it’s the spotlight and that one usually lasts just seconds and as an explorer and adventurer it’s that single moment when you realize all the preparation, drive, hike and obstacles were worth it. #inspiration#inspiracion#motivation#monday#mondaymotivation#adventure#travel#photography#photographer#actor#light#traveler#explorer#adventurer#yosemite
I have so many pictures to go through and post and we still have another day of traveling.
#firefall was a no go this year because of the lack of rain. But everyone still gathered to watch the beauty of it all. I have to say, it was unbelievable.
We also realized it was almost 6 months ago to the day we went to Yosemite to sit and stare at a natural occurrence 😂 #yosemite
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Just after sunset the forest awoke to a vibrant symphony of colors. Most people had already started heading out of the park; we lingered and soaked in the moment.
My friend @danhedges is putting together a promo reel based on yesterday’s photo adventure workshop. I can’t wait to share it with you guys and work with new clients who want to learn how to take photos while exploring the great outdoors.
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Perfect way to end the day! 🌄
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John Muir once said, “The snow is melting into music.” I don’t know what kind of music he’s talking about here, but whatever it is sounds absolutely abhorrent... 😂😂 || unretouched #kodak#portra800#120film