Back in the not so distant past, you admonished my friend and I, then 9 years old, for scrambbling around ropeless at Stony Point. Little did you know you had sent me off on a nearly 50 year love affair with rock climbing.
Thank You for taking the time to scold me.
A few years ago an accident ruined my shoulder, grounding me permanently. While reading Fail falling, I found my mouth had gone dry and my hands were wringing wet.
Thank You for letting me climb with you through your book(s).
Just finished reading my copy of "Fail Falling." Great read!
It was wonderful to read about Royal's early climbing adventures around the LA area in this and "Be Brave."
For those into the SoCal obscura: Royal mentions a crag across from Mt Waterman Ski area in book 1. I immediately wondered if that was on Mt Winston or the big choss pile at Buckhorn Campground. I asked him about that at the Sierra Club event 2 weeks ago. He was pretty sure it was the choss pile at Buckhorn.
A former climbing partner was living in Philadelphia back in the 80's. His roomate was a paddler and was very surprised to learn that Yvon and Royal
Thats like "Mom did you know that Paul Mcartney had a band before Wings?"