Royal Robbins Falling while Soloing I-12 at Indian Rock

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Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 30, 2013 - 07:49am PT
I am about 80% sure that young kid behind Peter and Galen looking intently at their arms is me at age 15-16.

Haha, classic, Fred.

I love how a thread can come back to life.

By the way, Borson looks so serious in those shots! He was much more relaxed (and chubby) when I met him in the early '90s or so.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 30, 2013 - 08:18am PT
Fred,

That would be awesome if it's you in the Peter/Galen photo. I just searched around for Ed Litton online and found he has a bike shop in Richmond, LITTON CYCLES. It's his voice on the answering machine.

I'll correct my spelling of Ben's last name. I just noticed on the Rubidoux thread that rmuir pointed me to borsonlaw.com when I asked about Ben.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 30, 2013 - 08:30am PT
Fred, I thought the kid was a young Peter Mayfield and so I sent PM the image some years ago. He says it wasn't him, so you may be right.
patrick compton

Trad climber
van
Apr 30, 2013 - 08:30am PT
This may have been covered already but I remember hearing, I think from John Sherman, that in the mid 70s an attractive woman in the house used to vacuum naked with the blinds open. Urban myth?
Ben Borson

Boulder climber
Orinda, California
Apr 30, 2013 - 08:50am PT
Dear Indian Rock Denizens:

It has been a long time since I heard from anyone. Darwin was kind enough to send me a message today. With gas prices so high, I've found it more difficult to get to IR. Perhaps when my sons are financially independent, I'll get back there. Life in Orinda is good. We moved there in 1998 to get out of the fog in SF A few years ago, I did some trad climbing with Ward Little, and have "pinched plastic" in the gym too. Unfortunately, that resulted in some long-term problems with a foot. (General advice: don't push it!). Nonetheless, I get outdoors a bit (hiking etc.). Very relaxing. For anyone in the area, pleaea feel free to call or write.
Best regards,
Ben Borson
(925) 360-3420
bborson@borsonlaw.com
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Apr 30, 2013 - 10:58am PT
Fred,

Charlie posts here as clu. Thinking of Charlie reminds me that I also haven't seen or heard from Bill Fujimoto since around 1973 as well, when he was still driving Deerslayer. Ironically, while Bill took a few trips with me in my Ford Fairlane, I never got a chance to ride in Deerslayer with him, but I've owned seven BMW's since I last saw him.

John
FTOR

Sport climber
CA
Apr 30, 2013 - 11:47am PT
altman and i painted that house way back when. probably wishful thinking more than urban myth knowing sherman.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 30, 2013 - 12:22pm PT
Ni kidding FOTR.

Sherman is a really fun and very good writer though. His kooky guide to american bouldering is really not a guide so much as a fabulous travel memo. A lot of us have read it cover to cover, as an account.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Apr 30, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
Here's more evidence that Royal may have fallen once;

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1030477/The-day-I-could-have-killed-Royal-Robbins
FredC

Boulder climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 30, 2013 - 02:17pm PT
Speaking of cars...

Vern and I made a few trips to Consumnes River back in the very early 70s. We took his grandmother's Plymouth Fury. I remember he got a ticket one day on that drive, it was for 85 or something but during that run we got to 115 by the speedo. I used to call it "Clevenger's Fury", that would have been a decent name for a climb.We were off to try "The Struggler" and other stuff I can't remember.

The other memorable Indian Rock Car event was when Dale Bard got a Mini Cooper. He offered to show me how his car worked in a ride around the Indian Rock neighborhood. I had no idea what I was in for until we headed up toward Mortar rock up the street. The road turns about 90 degrees as it passes the rock but he did not seem to notice the turn as we approached. We just kept going faster. I remember looking at Dale and he had an exceptionally innocent look. My life passed before my eyes as we went around the turn at by far the highest speed I have ever done it.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Apr 30, 2013 - 02:40pm PT
I, too, rode in that Fury more than once, Fred. I never rode in the Mini, although I still have very vivid memories of Dale and Allen riding away in it at a rather impressive speed. I wonder how Dale felt in the bread truck after experiencing the exhilaration of the Mini.

John
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 5, 2013 - 09:04am PT
Bump for a better ST team.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 7, 2014 - 03:39am PT
For interconnectivity's sake: http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=2311911&tn=0

An Indian Rock Outing 1/1/14
splitter

Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Jan 7, 2014 - 10:56am PT
RR had a climbing school (called Rockcraft, i believe) back in the 70's that utilized the Balloon Domes as a base. He also had a pair of tennies ( euro shoe specifically designed for playing tennis) that he popularized and promoted as an excellent shoe for climbing, etc & sold out of his store. It became an immediate trend among climbers (Valley/eastside, anyway) regardless of their efficiency (imo, worthless).

During the summers, Meyers worked for Royal as a guide at the school. He related a story to me of how RR had done an OSSFA of a multi-pitch route, which he rated at 5.9, at the area wearing said tennis shoe (i had a pair, but don't recall their name). Meyers wanted to do the SA (solo) and, after considering using the same type of tennies as RR, decided to go with his EB's instead. When he encountered the crux, several pitches up, he found it very tricky, thin and difficult (stout) and was glad that he hadn't went with the tennis shoes.

edit: "OSSFA" - onsight solo first ascent.

jgill

Boulder climber
Colorado
Jan 7, 2014 - 07:12pm PT
He also had a pair of tennies


Tricorns or something like that. They seem ridiculous now, but not then for some reason.
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