"His life should be a lesson for climbers today....you don't have to blow your horn, if your life has real substance the horn blows for you."
What Chuck taught me is horns don't matter, blown purposely or not. Recognition, status, place in history, even place in the memories of climbers as on this thread about him - relevant only if he found them so for himself. Just as his "withdrawing" from the stage or not writing more are also irrelevant or relevant only to him.
Yes, he and his way may be relevant to us as we remember him and draw lessons from him for our own selves. But they are only our speculations from outside him. What only matters is if he was solid with himself and his decisions. Was he? Probably like all of us, some yes, some no. Such is life.