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Trad climber
Central Coast
Jan 11, 2011 - 02:05pm PT
Hey Royal, don't forget the tri-counties (Ventura/SB/SLO) we like to climb.
Is there a slide-show too? Did they make slides in the 1950s? ha ha.
Credit: Slater
Credit: Slater
Either way, would be great to see you and hear some story.
-Tom Slater

Trad climber
New York, NY
Jan 11, 2011 - 03:42pm PT
Bump for a climbing topic

Jan 11, 2011 - 03:50pm PT
Mr Robbins,

I can't begin to think you for your basic and advanced rockcraft books -i will always remember your words about bivis and the celestial show -very calming to a 15 yr old nervous about what lay above.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 11, 2011 - 04:04pm PT
And it was a brilliant move to use the light hearted illustrations of Sheridan Anderson.

We lost that guy way too soon.
ron gomez

Trad climber
Jan 11, 2011 - 04:08pm PT
Great reading in BOTH of the books, really enjoyed them and look forward to the rest of the series. Hope you make it to Southern California with the tour Royal. Thanks for all you do for our community!

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Jan 11, 2011 - 04:10pm PT
can't wait! Hope your book tour finds it's way to Arizona...

Jan 11, 2011 - 04:12pm PT
Looking forward to it!

Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Jan 11, 2011 - 04:31pm PT
I hope you make it through SoCal on the promo tour.
Would love to bring the kids out to a signing!

Best of luck on the latest edition.


Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Jan 11, 2011 - 04:51pm PT

I am in, but please reassure me that you didn't use lame remarks like "proud send" when writing about these truly historic ascents.


Social climber
Jan 11, 2011 - 05:06pm PT
I picked up "To be Brave" one afternoon after work and ended up finishing it well past midnight. I could not put it down. Wonderful idea to make your autobiography a string of books, otherwise I might not have gotten any sleep that night at all! It was well worth working tired the next day.
Can't wait to read "Fail Falling".
Any chance you'll be through Bishop?

Jan 11, 2011 - 05:47pm PT
Last time I looked at neptunes they were out. Give me a link and I will buy both of them. As the old man says, "to many books, not enough time" but I would read anything that Royal wrote.

Jan 11, 2011 - 05:52pm PT
Here's the link:

Anne, who is at the other side of the link, is a customer service saint.

Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 11, 2011 - 06:33pm PT
Looking forward to getting a copy!
Wow, the people who visit this forum are so articulate that it scares me to put anything down.
If by "articulate" you mean "noisy"... Though not always. :-)

I got Basic Rockcraft in 1972, soon after it appeared. My friend Len got a copy of Advanced Rockcraft for Christmas 1973. He and I and Scott went to the Himmelsbach Hut at Russet Lake (east of Whistler) between then and new year's - it was quite cold. At night we all sat reading the book, by candlelight. We were enraptured. A classic not just as to technique, but also philosophy.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
Jan 11, 2011 - 06:39pm PT
Yay -- Royal. Keep the good works coming!
the Fet

Jan 11, 2011 - 06:49pm PT
I put aside what I had been reading at the time and also read To Be Brave nonstop in a day. Great stuff! I can't wait for the next installment.

I hope there are some more details about your climbs with Warren. e.g. the first attempt at the NW face of Half Dome.

The great majority of posters here have tremendous respect for you, but there may be a few rotten apples with a problem (it's the Internet afterall and everyone has a voice). If they post, please ignore them and don't let them keep you from posting here as much as you like.
Captain...or Skully

leading the away team, but not in a red shirt!
Jan 11, 2011 - 06:51pm PT
I love Spire stories.

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Jan 11, 2011 - 06:53pm PT
Santa's Book Club
Santa's Book Club
Credit: Seamstress

You must visit Portland. We can guarentee a good crowd, and I will get my marvelous Secret Santa gift autographed - and invest in future gifts for climbing friends.

I have still not forgiven my husband for loaning out Spirit of the Age, which proudly sported Royal's signature! However we still have an autographed poster hanging in our bedroom.

Jan 11, 2011 - 07:02pm PT
RR is a gentleman who gives time to many groups in the community. Here he is after a presentation he gave in my daughter's HS class a few years ago.

Credit: Gene
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 11, 2011 - 07:08pm PT
Just so Royal doesn't think we're completely unrepentant heathens, Fail Falling was discussed on the Taco in December, when it came out.

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Jan 11, 2011 - 07:08pm PT
Absolutely. I am forever grateful that he did a fundraiser for the Ragged Mountain Foundation - probably 15 years ago. He was generous with his time to help our little cliff tucked away in New England. Climbing a couple of routes with Royal is one of my husband's greates thrills.

When kindness is extended, the "Royalty" may not remember, but the little guy will never forget.
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