Jim Bridwell: The Innocent, the Ignorant, and the Insecure | Ascent

“The Bird” was a leading and often controversial Yosemite climber who overlapped with the Valley’s “Golden Era” that included Royal Robbins and Warren Harding, and the Stonemasters, for whom he was the defacto leader. Here, he muses over what was then the new concept of detailed climbing grades, and how ego affects ratings—thinking that still applies.