Upcoming Royal Robbins Slide Shows in Bay Area


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Chris McNamara

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Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 19, 2010 - 09:14pm PT

At 75, Robbins Recounts His Life of Daring Adventure
San Francisco, CA – February 19, 2010 – At age 75, Royal Robbins, one of America’s most
leading climbing figures of the Golden Age of Yosemite Climbing, still inspires with his bold
vision of what makes for truly great climbing. On March 3, 4, 29 and April 27, Robbins will
regale outdoor enthusiasts with tales from his adventurous life during “An Evening With
Climbing Legend Royal Robbins” at four REI stores in the Bay Area.
Robbins will share stories and images from his many daring exploits including the world’s
first ascent of Yosemite’s famous Half Dome Face in 1957, and his historic climbs on El
Capitan and the Leaning Tower. It was on these magnificent granite towers that Robbins
invented his own form of rock climbing. His technique was environmentally friendly,
personally challenging and today would be described as an ‘extreme sport’. The rock faces
he climbed were preserved and not scarred by pitons and bolts that were typically used by
climbers. Robbins forever changed the ethic of climbing worldwide.
Less known but equally remarkable, Robbins transferred his skills from climber to adventure
kayaker, making first descents of the headwaters of major California rivers, such as the San
Joaquin, the Kern, and the Kings. Following the program, Royal will sign copies of his new
autobiography, To Be Brave, My Life: Volume One, published by Pink Moment Press,
September 2009. This is a rare chance to meet and be inspired by one of America’s most
extraordinary adventurers.
Dates and venues:
7 pm–8:30 pm, Wednesday, March 3 at REI San Carlos
7 pm–8:30 pm, Thursday, March 4 at REI Brentwood
7 pm–8:30 pm, Monday, March 29 at REI Saratoga
7 pm–8:30 pm, Tuesday, April 27 at REI Berkeley
REI Berkeley: 1338 San Pablo Avenue 94702; (510) 527-4140
REI Brentwood: The Streets of Brentwood Shopping Center, 2475 Sand Creek Road,
Suite 100, 94513; (925) 516-3540
REI San Carlos: 1119 Industrial Road, Suite A, 94070; (650) 508-2330
REI Saratoga: 400 El Paseo de Saratoga, San Jose 95130; (408) 871-8765
Please note: Registration is optional for REI’s free in-store presentations. If you register, you
will receive an email reminder and any program updates. Seating is limited and is first-come,
If you would like more information, or to schedule an interview with Royal Robbins, call
Susie Bennitt at 626-226-6392 or email Susie at susie@pinkmomentpress.com. !

Social climber
Feb 20, 2010 - 05:12am PT
hey there chris, say, sorry did not see this to bump it...

say, did anyone get a chance to go?

please share a few choice bits of this...
thanks guys!


ooops, i just saw that more dates are mentioned...
hope folks can go...
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Mar 1, 2010 - 01:50pm PT
Bump for the slideshows in San Carlos and Brentwood this week.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 1, 2010 - 03:33pm PT
May hit Brentwood...

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 3, 2010 - 05:52pm PT
Royal bump

Mar 3, 2010 - 07:23pm PT
Hmm, show up wearing a Bat T-shirt and black hat?

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 3, 2010 - 07:52pm PT
Talk about polar opposites- Batso and Royal.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 4, 2010 - 03:11am PT
Hmm, I have a Batso shirt (wonder if he'd autograph it?) And, a black hat.

Anyone know what sort of sense of humor he has?

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 4, 2010 - 11:05am PT
I said they were polar opposites and Harding had a great sense of humor.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 4, 2010 - 12:16pm PT
Thanks Jim, I knew that, I always got along great with Warren. Just thought I'd wear a Bat shirt tonight if Robbins would think it was funny, or not, if it would bum him out...

Maybe this is a job for 'hollow flake man'?
Jerry Dodrill

Sebastopol, CA
Mar 4, 2010 - 12:29pm PT
Add May 21st to the list. Royal is doing an event in Sebastopol for the Rock Ice & Mountain Club. The next day, May 22nd, is an Adopt-A-Crag day at Mt. St. Helena, which needs some serious TLC.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 4, 2010 - 12:31pm PT
I'm hopping that it will be good enough that I'll Car pool with you for the repeat, april show, Fatty!

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 5, 2010 - 12:16am PT
From tonight, in Brentwood
Credit: Jaybro
I was late, none of my pals were there, but it was a good show!
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