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Modesto Mutant

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Mar 13, 2018 - 11:26am PT
What a moving tribute to a great man. And what a tremendous turnout. 600 invites and the room was at capacity. Thanks to all who helped coordinate this.

-Kevin Givens
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 13, 2018 - 01:39pm PT
Tami, here ya go.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=2607974&msg=3069197#msg3069197

And a few more from Sunday evening.
Don Lauria with Dick Dorworth, Lynn Hill at the next table.
Don Lauria with Dick Dorworth, Lynn Hill at the next table.
Credit: mouse from merced
Mighty Hiker taking on water.
Mighty Hiker taking on water.
Credit: mouse from merced
Dick Dorworth, noted funhog, and Peter Croft.
Dick Dorworth, noted funhog, and Peter Croft.
Credit: mouse from merced
Lynn Hill and Dave Yerian, both serious funhogs.
Lynn Hill and Dave Yerian, both serious funhogs.
Credit: mouse from merced
Doug Robinson and his partner, Eva, with Ron.
Doug Robinson and his partner, Eva, with Ron.
Credit: mouse from merced
Funhug from Yvon Chouinard, another noted Funhog, for Bonnie Kamps, a ...
Funhug from Yvon Chouinard, another noted Funhog, for Bonnie Kamps, a big fan of funhogs, having been married to one.
Credit: mouse from merced
Goodnight, Icons.
Goodnight, Icons.
Credit: mouse from merced
ron gomez

Trad climber
Mar 13, 2018 - 02:41pm PT
Dorworth Chouinard Croft
Dorworth Chouinard Croft
Credit: ron gomez
Jim McCarthy
Jim McCarthy
Credit: ron gomez
Bonnie Kamps, Chouinard
Bonnie Kamps, Chouinard
Credit: ron gomez
Tiffany Lavine, Crift
Tiffany Lavine, Crift
Credit: ron gomez
Dorworth, McCarthy
Dorworth, McCarthy
Credit: ron gomez
Fitschen, Jerry Gallwas
Fitschen, Jerry Gallwas
Credit: ron gomez
Lavine, Yerian, Hill
Lavine, Yerian, Hill
Credit: ron gomez
Doug Robinson, Lynnie Hill
Doug Robinson, Lynnie Hill
Credit: ron gomez

Peace
rmuir

Social climber
From the Time Before the Rocks Cooled.
Mar 13, 2018 - 03:41pm PT
The venue at Greens on Tenth, Modesto:
Before:
Credit: rmuir
During:
Credit: rmuir
Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Mar 13, 2018 - 07:54pm PT
My great thanks to the Robbins family & all who helped this event happen!

Per the worthy comments & photos upthread, It was a wonderful celebration of RR's life & his many achievements.

I am in awe of the legendary climbers who showed up to celebrate RR's life. It was truly, an "epic" gathering of his friends and peers.

After Heidi & I work our way back to Idaho through the storms, I'll share some photos.

Tamara Robbins

climber
not a climber, just related...
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 13, 2018 - 09:15pm PT
Anyone with photos to share, would love to see them here or through my email....

SOOO much gratitude. For the "Spirit of Adventure" of anyone following this thread. An extra salut to those who made it despite nearly impossible circumstances:

"Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said: 'one can't believe impossible things.' 'I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.'"

So, cheers to "impossible circumstances". Looking forward to continuing the conversations and relationships developed through Dad. (PS...I'll be largely off the grid, exhaling for a week or so...)
Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
Mar 14, 2018 - 07:22am PT
Tamara,

Thank you for sharing your father's memorial with all of us.

It was a fitting tribute to Royal. Like him it was majisterial and dignified, but at the same time overflowing with the affection of his friends and the love of his family.

I don't have many photos as I was too busy seeking out old comrades and the climbing heroes of Royal's generation I'd never met.

Thanks again for an unforgettable day.

Rick Accomazzo
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Mar 14, 2018 - 02:46pm PT
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

Vern, Dylan and Margaret Clevenger with Dave Yerian
Vern, Dylan and Margaret Clevenger with Dave Yerian
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

Anders looking pensive.....
Anders looking pensive.....
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss
Roushski

Mountain climber
Durango, CO
Mar 14, 2018 - 03:12pm PT
Rick Sylvester and Davey Agnew
Rick Sylvester and Davey Agnew
Credit: Roushski
Tamara Robbins

climber
not a climber, just related...
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 14, 2018 - 05:20pm PT
Jan Condon and Janie Taylor Levy
Jan Condon and Janie Taylor Levy
Credit: Tamara Robbins
Tamara Robbins

climber
not a climber, just related...
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 14, 2018 - 05:47pm PT
Jeff Foote, Janie Taylor Levy, and Joe McKoewn
Jeff Foote, Janie Taylor Levy, and Joe McKoewn
Credit: Tamara Robbins

the two pics above are both from Janie Levy.... ;)
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 14, 2018 - 11:16pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Mar 15, 2018 - 11:13am PT
The Celebration souvenir program:

Credit: Fritz

And on the other-side, Royal & Liz, back in the day.

Credit: Fritz

Tamara: I left a Mountain Paraphernalia DVD for you with Keith R. Thank you again, for all your work in organising the Celebration Memorial.
Credit: Fritz
Mighty Hiker

climber
Outside the Asylum
Mar 15, 2018 - 09:56pm PT
It was an unexpected honour to be invited to attend the memorial for Royal on March 13th - the anniversary (within a day) of his death. Here is a verbal report - I didn't take many photos. Others did.

I left Vancouver on a perfect late winter morning - blue sky, new snow on the mountains, frozen bluebirds scattered around. And arrived in Modesto via San Jose and Livermore on Saturday afternoon, where it was of all things raining. WTF?

The military says that time spent in reconnaissance is never wasted, so I spent Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning doing so. I quite like walking around new places, getting to know them, and did 20+ km. However, I was quite annoyed not to be able to find a good map - another small pleasure - at any of the usual sorts of places. Eventually I got one at the bus depot, which showed all the streets and bus routes, but none of the street names. (OK, it at least had a N arrow and a scale.) Is cartography on the wane? O tempora! O mores!

Modesto means, in Spanish, "modest". It may have given Royal wry pleasure to live in a place with such a name. It's rather flat, apart from an inexplicably high hotel, but isn't too far from mountains. Royal set down strong roots there, and was a major part of the community. Modesto seems a comfortable place, much like mid-size prairie towns. After years of movement, from West Virginia to Los Angeles to the world of climbing, a stable home must have been very attractive.

This is the McHenry Mansion in Modesto, one of the historical buildings there. Across the street is the McHenry Museum (originally the library), which I talked my way into despite it being closed on Sunday morning. Lots of neat stuff. However, when the attendant explained that McHenry really wasn't named McHenry, and had changed his name to avoid military service under Polk..
Credit: Mighty Hiker
Another sight is the Modesto arch, which I'm afraid I didn't climb. There's also a George Lucas park. He was born in Modesto, and American Graffiti was allegedly set there.

Royal did extraordinarily well for a boy of his background. Hard work, dedication, and a willingness to self-examine all helped, as did the times. This is one of the sights of Modesto, a classic of another young man, on his way.
Credit: Mighty Hiker

Sunday morning was the marathon and fun run. As I've mostly watched such things from the inside, it was nice to have another perspective. In the afternoon, various of the usual suspects began to appear, beginning with John Stannard and Cathy Peterson. They warned me that the birds had so to speak flown the coop from Delano Wildlife Refuge, nearby, but we had a nice drink at the Camp 4 Wine Cafe.
old photo - it's now spiffier.
old photo - it's now spiffier.
Credit: Mighty Hiker

When we first started going to Yosemite in the mid-1970s, we would always stop at the Robbins shop - same building. Indeed, once or twice we bivouacked in the parking lot. Sort of a pilgrimage, as there wasn't really anything much we needed to buy.

As we were leaving, Jim McCarthy, the Chouinards, Doug Robinson and partner Eva, and others arrived - it was the first time that some had seen each other for years.

Not much later, Mouse from south of Modesto, Ron Gomez, Dave Yerian, Lynne Leichtfuss and others appeared, so we had supper there. They have a sort of childrens' room at the back, with pictures of action figures (climbers) and stuff. No crayons, luckily. So they put all the climbers there.

The memorial, at Greens on Tenth in downtown Modesto (a repurposed theatre, IIRC), started at 2:00. Close to 500 had said they would be attending. There was a minor challenge, that being that about half the name tags had failed to print - they'd forgotten to exorcise the printer or something. Some last minute scrambling ensued. (Pun intended.) While that went on, they weren't ready, and so everyone waited outside. There was no line or anything - that would have been far too organized. But everyone seemed to have a good time seeing old and new friends.

We went in at 2:00, and everyone saw the various displays, met and talked, and drank and snacked. There was lots to drink and eat! The formal part started at 3:00, with eulogies by Neusom Holmes, Damon Robbins, Loren White, Max Gammon, Jerry Gallwas, Joe Fitschen, Yvon Chouinard, John Feasler, Kathy Galvin, Bill Derr, Ron Kauk, and Tamara Robbins. A heartfelt program. Then there was more food, drink, socializing, story-telling, and introductions. Somewhat later, many of us adjourned to the Camp 4 Wine Cafe, which is owned by Damon, for a very pleasant evening with more food and stories. But the jig was up, and we had to buy our own drinks.

Damon, or if you like dæmon, is a Greek word which means something like "guiding spirit". Royal must have had such a spirit, given his accomplishments as a boy scout, a son, husband, father, businessman, participant in the community, kayaker, and climber. Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Royal lived up to that dictum, also. He always seems to have been learning, and improving. He was capable of looking at himself, and even laughing - see Tis-sa-Ack, perhaps his finest writing, and the cartoons of his great friend Sheridan Anderson, which regularly lampooned Royal. Or, for that matter, the photo of Royal in Jim Herrington's book.

A memorable occasion. As Chouinard observed, had a meteor hit the building, it would have wiped out much of the US climbing establishment.
Joe Metz

Trad climber
Bay Area
Mar 15, 2018 - 11:16pm PT
Folks waiting to get in,
Folks waiting to get in,
Credit: Joe Metz
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 16, 2018 - 02:32am PT
Great Caesar's ghost, Mighty Hiker! You should have a reporter's gig with the Daily Planet!

Plenty of Pulitzer potential in that wry write-up.

See ya to da Facelift, eh?
frostback

Social climber
great white north
Mar 16, 2018 - 08:21am PT
As a postscript to the Herrington pic of RR that MH mentioned in his report upthread.
Mr Herrington provided a delightful anecdote on how that pic came to be; see he'd always admired the Anderson drawings of RR, in particular the ones with him accessorized with a cape as befits a person that flew higher than most.
When it came time to do the photo shoot with RR, a hefty garbage bag was fashioned into a cape and the gardener whom it was borrowed from was persuaded to crouch out of frame with his leaf-blower elevating said cape; RR aimed for the stars and Herrington got the shot.....
Mighty Hiker

climber
Outside the Asylum
Mar 16, 2018 - 04:53pm PT
Royal is likely to be remembered for many things, much more than just climbing. Certainly an impressive portfolio of climbs and later kayaks, over decades. But I wonder if he'll be most remembered for his resolute insistence that style and adventure are what matters when it comes to climbing? That goes back to the upper middle class Britons who more or less began climbing in the mid 19th century. But Royal's insistence - sometimes to his own discomfort - that it's essential to be honest with yourself and others about what you've done, and how you did it, resonate for the ages. Also that it's essential to minimize your impacts on both human and natural environments.

A second legacy being Royal's taking the idea of clean climbing and nuts, from England and elsewhere, and running with them. It took considerable character to swim against the techno/mechanistic methods that he and others had popularized, in the Iron Age. There was (and is) a fuss about fixed anchors, bolts, and so on. Often to advance other agendas... Had North American climbing not quickly shifted from pitons to nuts in the 1970s, it might have been much worse. We can thank Royal, John Stannard, and others for being apostles of the notion of clean(er) climbing, and Yvon Chouinard, Tom Frost, Jeff Lowe, Ray Jardine and others for taking the basic forms of nuts developed in England, and improving them to the point that they were not only better but easier to use.
Stannard, Frost, Robbins, at the Facelift in 2007. The first time they...
Stannard, Frost, Robbins, at the Facelift in 2007. The first time they'd met in person.
Credit: Mighty Hiker

We perhaps haven't learned as well as we might have. The insistence of some now on 'convenience' climbing, on 'developing' routes, and on unnecessary bolts, can be a bit disheartening. Not to mention that we could all do more - in reality - to reduce our environmental impacts, as climbers and humans - whatever pieties we might mouth. But there's still style and adventure for those who want it.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Mar 16, 2018 - 07:20pm PT
Someday Tami and someday we will meet! :) Cheers!
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Mar 16, 2018 - 08:55pm PT
One aspect of Royal Robbin's life that stands out for me is the depth and breadth and the numbers of people whose lives he touched, and more than just touched, but profoundly shaped and guided, not only by his words but by his deeds. The life that he lived, to a high degree, for his own satisfaction, became an example that others eagerly followed. As in climbing, so in Life, he was always a leader.

Royal’s passing has been called, “the end of an era.” However, the traditions and values that he lived were established by others who, like John Muir and John Salathé, went before him. Those ideals will continue to live on, even though changes in attitudes will continue to be layered upon those that he lived and helped to establish. Perhaps it’s like the walls of the Grand Canyon where each rock layer has its own distinctive characteristics, yet each layer is related, to some degree, to eras that came before and after.

Royal’s memorial brought together a small sample of those who knew, loved, and/or were influenced by him. The pictures posted here and elsewhere necessarily represent a small subset of those who came. People’s names are left-to-right in the photos.

Like some others, Lisa and I arrived earlier than the 2:00 p.m. official starting time, but we met other early arrivals and went to have lunch across the street.

Russ McLean, Brian Birmingham, Tom Cochran
Russ McLean, Brian Birmingham, Tom Cochran
Credit: BooDawg

Russ McLean, Ed Hartouni, Lisa Rockwell, Ron Gomez
Russ McLean, Ed Hartouni, Lisa Rockwell, Ron Gomez
Credit: BooDawg

After lunch, we went back across the street where others gathered outside the venue. There we had some time to greet old friends and acquaintances, making connections with some that we hadn’t seen in years or even decades.

Dave Yerian, Rick Sylvester
Dave Yerian, Rick Sylvester
Credit: BooDawg

Mike Sherrick, Russ McLean, Tom Cochran
Mike Sherrick, Russ McLean, Tom Cochran
Credit: BooDawg

Ed Hartouni
Ed Hartouni
Credit: BooDawg

Lynne Leichtfuss
Lynne Leichtfuss
Credit: BooDawg

Bob Schneider, Lisa Rockwell, Mighty Hiker
Bob Schneider, Lisa Rockwell, Mighty Hiker
Credit: BooDawg

Ron Gomez
Ron Gomez
Credit: BooDawg

Jeff Dozier, Gary Colliver
Jeff Dozier, Gary Colliver
Credit: BooDawg

Ken Yager &#40;and Ed Hartouni&#41;
Ken Yager (and Ed Hartouni)
Credit: BooDawg

Chris Jones, Mike Covington, Rick Sylvester
Chris Jones, Mike Covington, Rick Sylvester
Credit: BooDawg

Joe Fitschen &#40;and Dean Fidelman&#41;
Joe Fitschen (and Dean Fidelman)
Credit: BooDawg

Kali and Joe McKeown
Kali and Joe McKeown
Credit: BooDawg

Don Lauria
Don Lauria
Credit: BooDawg

Yvon Chouinard and Mike Covington
Yvon Chouinard and Mike Covington
Credit: BooDawg

Mike Covington
Mike Covington
Credit: BooDawg

Steve Grossman
Steve Grossman
Credit: BooDawg

Chris Jones and George Whitmore
Chris Jones and George Whitmore
Credit: BooDawg

Joe Fitschen and Janie Taylor Levy
Joe Fitschen and Janie Taylor Levy
Credit: BooDawg

Alan Petrasanta
Alan Petrasanta
Credit: BooDawg

Harrison Hood
Harrison Hood
Credit: BooDawg

Glen Denny
Glen Denny
Credit: BooDawg

When the doors to the venue opened, there was some time to further socialize and to view the displays that had been set up, but after a short while we took our seats.

The Venue
The Venue
Credit: BooDawg

More Venue
More Venue
Credit: BooDawg

Royal’s son, Damon Robbins, was Master of Ceremonies

Damon Robbins
Damon Robbins
Credit: BooDawg

Joe Fitschen, author and early climbing partner of Royal spoke eloquently.

Joe Fitschen
Joe Fitschen
Credit: BooDawg

Don Reid
Don Reid
Credit: BooDawg


After the formalities, there was more time for socializing.

Jan Herbert Condon, Don Lauria, Suzie Condon
Jan Herbert Condon, Don Lauria, Suzie Condon
Credit: BooDawg

Later, many people gathered for more socializing, food and drink at Damon Robbins’ nearby restaurant, “Camp 4.”

“Camp 4” Restaurant
“Camp 4” Restaurant
Credit: BooDawg

“Camp 4” Restaurant
“Camp 4” Restaurant
Credit: BooDawg

“Camp 4” Restaurant
“Camp 4” Restaurant
Credit: BooDawg


Later, satiated in many ways, small groups left for continued conversations and their own accommodations and homes.

One can find a few more photos here:
http://yosemitecloseup.com/royal-robbins-memorial/
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