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Royal Robbins

Trad climber
Modesto, California
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 11, 2011 - 12:52pm PT
Wow, the people who visit this forum are so articulate that it scares me to put anything down. But I am planning on traveling a bit to promote my new book,the second volume of my autobiography, Fail Falling (i.e. it's OK to fail, but go down trying). This book is about climbing in Southern California in the 1950's, which may seem like a long time ago to some of you, but not to me. Much of the climbing takes place on Tahquitz Rock, but I also visited Yosemite then, and recount the free ascent of the Higher Cathedral Spire in 1952 and the ascent of the North Face of Sentinel Rock in 1953. The Spire had been done free before (the first free ascent was by Chuck Wilts in 1947) and Don Wilson, Jerry Gallwas and I made the second ascent on Sentinel in 1953 (The first ascent was by Salathe and Steck in 1950). But I end the book with a description of the first ascent of the NW Face of Half Dome by Gallwas, Mike Sherrick, and me. I will post more later when I get the dates firmed up. Thanks for your attention.

Good Climbing!

Jan 11, 2011 - 12:55pm PT
Thanks for posting up, man. Good to hear what you're up to. And...a climbing topic is always welcome here. Cheers...

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:04pm PT
if the book travelling includes a slide show, I'm in!


Jan 11, 2011 - 01:05pm PT

Haven't read it yet but I have heard very good things about Fail Falling. Best of luck on your tour.

Disaster Master

Social climber
Born in So-Cal, left my soul in far Nor-Cal.
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:09pm PT
Are you going through Santa Rosa. Have you talked to Jerry Dodrill at the RIM club there about a show?

Mountain climber
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:09pm PT
Royal, come through Monterey, we can set up a talk at the gym, a couple of the scout troops out here have climbed with you and would love a chance to see you again. A couple years ago one of the troops out of Carmel Valley took my copy of Basic Rockcraft and got you to sign it, it was a Courtright trip I believe... in any case, get in touch!

Lee Bow

Trad climber
wet island
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:17pm PT
RR: Re your first sentance...

May I humbly submit that if any one human being need not fear speaking his mind here it would be you!

Thank you for inspiring my dreams.

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:19pm PT
Thanks Royal, I really enjoyed your first book. I can't wait to get my hands on the second.

Best of Luck,

Mountain climber
La Mancha
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:24pm PT
Love it!

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:25pm PT
Hoping you make it through Colorado on your tour.

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:27pm PT
bump for volume 2
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:28pm PT
Thanks RR. And congrats on getting the second volume out!

Social climber
Polynesian Paradise
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:34pm PT
Aloha Royal,

Doubtful you'll come on tour to Hawaii Island or even promote your book on Kaua'i, should you and Liz visit there again this winter. But I'll be spending the better part of this year in the Yosemite area, so I hope to see you along the way, and I look forward to connecting with you further.

Best of everything to you & Liz in the New Year, especially on your book tour.


Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:38pm PT

As Crimpergirl said, try to make it through Colorado! I live close enough (160 miles to the north) that d certainly attend a talk or slideshow.


Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:38pm PT
Missed you on your visit to Southern Illinois back in the day, but would be all ears if you graced Portland with a visit. Look forward to your new book.

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:38pm PT
Thank you for posting this. Looking forward to seeing the show

Social climber
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:39pm PT
You've visited Vancouver before & hope you make it here again with the book tour. Very much look fwd to it !!
Cheers, Tami Knight

A long way from where I started
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:40pm PT
It would be interesting to find out how many of those who post regularly here count "Basic Rockraft" as one of their first-ever climbing purchases.
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:46pm PT
Where's my copy, Royal! I think I had a small hand in some of that
editing, though as always you rely on yourself ultimately. I have
always heard your voice clearly in all your work. It rises poetically
at all the right places, and I'm sure the climbing world will adore
this new installment as all other of your writings. Your lifelong friend,
as you put it, Patrick Oliver

(Is there going to be a chapter about how you almost beat me at chess, haha?)

from where the anecdotes roam
Jan 11, 2011 - 01:46pm PT
books are great, but there's nothing quite like a story around the campfire. please take up our invitation to share some with this crowd in the style to which we have grown accustomed. in addition, that is, to the hopefully fabulously successful book tour.

and thanks for all the effort it must have taken to write the volumes to date. we're an eager audience, maybe even insatiable.
but don't hold that against us, toss us some scraps
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