My favorite story out of all of the books I've devoured so far is his article "Climbing the Lost Arrow" (from Steve Roper's Ordeal by Piton). Talented climber, for sure; I'm already a great admirer of his ability to write, as well.
I had the good fortune to accompany Ax on a Sierra Club outing as a teenager. My memory is of driving with him in his old pickup, up the Kings River Road above Pine Flat Resrvoir. He drove that twisty road with his torso hunched over the steering wheel - forearms in full contact with the upper half of the wheel - And talking the whole time! I wish I could remember the stories, I just remember the man...nobody else like him!
I couldn't say it better myself. This is exactly how he was. I too was once scrunched in the middle on a drive with Ax in his old pickup on a Sierra Club outing out of Fresno about 1967, and I too heard the stories and felt the vibe.