Testing RR’s to celebrate Royal’s B-Day. 1970 Time-Warp!


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Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 15, 2010 - 02:18pm PT
We finally got a break in the weather here in S. Idontno. Stein & I thought it would be fun to test Royal’s shoes: the famous RR’s. Stein has his pair from the 70’s and I have my $8.00 E-Bay specials.

How would they perform on “Rocky Point’s" smooth water-worn basalt?

Seemed appropriate to "pound some iron" and tie in with a bowline.


Trad climber
Las Vegas
Feb 15, 2010 - 02:49pm PT

Super cool ! ! !

Social climber
So Cal
Feb 15, 2010 - 02:51pm PT
Nothin' sings like a well placed piton.

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Feb 15, 2010 - 02:54pm PT
That cairn is a bomber rap anchor!

from where the anecdotes roam
Feb 15, 2010 - 03:26pm PT
when my college sweetheart decided we weren't going steady any more, she returned the size 7 robbin's boots. my mom sang their praises for standing on the hilt of a spade. in addition to routine garden digging and shrub removal, she also dug, formed, mixed a sack at a time and poured, a sinuous curb that wandered a full circuit around the backyard, containing the turf and it's mower.

my dad poured plenty of concrete for the department of water and power on the owens river project, and on projects like steam powered generator plants near the san pedro harbor. i did concrete formwork on dams, sewer treatment plants and high rise hotels. dad and i agreed she was in the club. in my mind her position is secure in the cult of the blue suede shoes

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2010 - 03:38pm PT
Rapping off Herman would be a last resort.

The Inukshuks are all free-standing with no cement used in constuction. On the next photos you can see where I have shimmed the bigger rocks with pebbles.

Herman has been "solid as a rock" since I constructed him in 2000. However, Franz blew down in 60 MPH gusts a few years back.

I have to re-shim the joints once a year or so.

Hooblie: I can see how RR's would be awesome for sinking a shovel. Mine are stiff as a board. There is no flex at all.

Mountain climber
Triumph, Idaho
Feb 15, 2010 - 07:06pm PT
I'v jumped on a few shovels wearing my old Rs. They were perfect for that.
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
شقوق واس
Feb 15, 2010 - 07:08pm PT
Nothing like an Idaho Inukshuk.
Cheers, Fritz(RRR)

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 15, 2010 - 07:10pm PT

Heck, I've got my original RR's!!!!

(But don't have any of the iron left--sold it loooong time ago)!!!

Great job!!!!

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2010 - 11:25pm PT
More photos. Stein, with the encouragement of a top rope on his bowline on a coil: did FA of Northwest Arete of Rocky Point.

Fritz, with the moral support of a piton above him: tests the RR's on friction. The damn shoes are un-bending. The 40 year old rubber felt like steel on the smooth basalt.

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Feb 16, 2010 - 12:33am PT
Had mine re-soled 10 years ago with the good stuff.
I was laughin' on 5.6!

But they're still great for standing in slings.

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Feb 16, 2010 - 04:03am PT
What,.....no Deulfersitz?!?

Nice work gang!

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Feb 16, 2010 - 09:57am PT
Uh, Survival, I believe it is spelled Doofusspitz?
And I know some real men used them, tried it once meself,
but the question is "How many times can one do so and
remain a man?"

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 16, 2010 - 11:46am PT
Dulfersitz defined!

I did it once. Every stupid-shet should. Then you will remember to bring a harness and some rappel gear.

right here, right now
Feb 17, 2010 - 10:22pm PT
I love those boots.

Many of the closets that got the purge here in Boulder during the 90s produced Robbins Boots, and as they hit the used gear stores I bought them up and knocked around in the mountains with them.

For fourth class & easy fifth and scree the stiff sole is a real plus.
I cracked the steel shanks or otherwise beat up the about three pair in that time frame.

Still have one pair I keep for working a shovel around the house!


Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 17, 2010 - 11:52pm PT
Tarbuster! Those photos are "the bomb!!!"

You get the award for "most artsy" RR photos!


Trad climber
Feb 18, 2010 - 12:09am PT
"Note Stein's tie-in"

would recommend a bowline on a coil, much more comfortable

Clyde Minaret

Spider Savage

Mountain climber
Feb 18, 2010 - 12:52am PT
Fritz - isn't that the "state-of-the-art" for Idaho? Always takes a couple of decades for new things to arrive as I recall.

My RRs dried up long ago but my soft steel pitons are still good.

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 18, 2010 - 01:02am PT
Spider: Re Idontno being 20 years behind.

When we both lived in Moscow, the "liberal" Lewiston Morning Tribune ran a "tongue in cheek" editorial. It advocated saving Idaho taxpayers money by eliminating the Idaho Legislature.

Their last piece of legislation: would abolish the Idaho House and Senate, and simply adopt whatever laws the Oregon legislature passed, as Idaho law.

After twenty years had gone by!
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