Born in 1944, this mountain ‘hardman’ is the most influential mountaineer of North America. To date he has climbed extremely difficult routes and visionary first ascents all over the world. In the heralded Mecca of rock climbing, Yosemite Valley, Jim Bridwell was one of the leading figures during its golden age of the 1960’s and 1970’s. In Yosemite the ideas of older European free climbing tradition and the, goal-driven, American mindset merged with the ideals of counter culture vagabonds and alpine adventurers.
In 1975 he achieved the extremely impressive, first, one-day-ascent of ‘the Nose’ on the legendary formation of El Capitan. With this ascent the tradition of speed climbing began, which young climbers pursue continuously today. In 1979 he made the second ascent of Cerro Torre using the Compressor Route.