To Be Brave - Royal Robbins Autobiography

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Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 9, 2009 - 01:33am PT
This has just been published - the first volume of Robbins' autobiography. To Be Brave: My Life The book will be available on September 1st, and includes photographs by Glen Denny. See http://www.royalrobbinsthebook.com/index.php

It is being published by Pink Moment Press - http://www.pinkmomentpress.com

A copy donated and signed by Robbins is in the auction for Tyrus Bachar, and should fetch a good price.
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Aug 9, 2009 - 02:26am PT
I"m very much lookin' fwd to this book !
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Aug 9, 2009 - 02:38am PT
Thanks for letting us know.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Aug 9, 2009 - 03:25am PT
Great news.

I've always enjoyed his writing, and had hoped he would write this someday.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Aug 9, 2009 - 07:30am PT
I could totally get into a book about Robbins life, but this is the 1st in a series of 6!!! What does he do, detail his daily morning constitutions? I think I'll wait until it comes out to see if it's readable.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 9, 2009 - 12:02pm PT
I could totally get into a book about Robbins life, but this is the 1st in a series of 6!!! What does he do, detail his daily morning constitutions?

That was my first thought too, until I looked at the XXX title for the last four. I'd always thought he was a bit of a prude, but if 2/3 of his autbiography is XXX... Well maybe.
Rhodo-Router

Gym climber
crimping through the start of the Generator
Aug 9, 2009 - 12:09pm PT
Largo?

AO sez you wrote this one up already, we'd love to hear your take.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 9, 2009 - 12:17pm PT
Seems pretty clear that a second volume is planned, but beyond that it's hard to tell. An apparent six volumes may just be an artefact of the webpage design. I don't remember any climbers whose autobiography was more than one volume, although some (Shipton, Hillary) wrote memoirs at quite dispersed dates. (Hillary's first autobiography was 1954 or so, then another in the early 2000s.) Still, audience attention-spans may not extend to more than perhaps two volumes.

A price of $19.95 suggests relatively short volumes, especially given good photos, although it may just be that it's a paperback, and privately published and distributed. Anyway, it'll be interesting to see what develops.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Aug 9, 2009 - 12:56pm PT
I have a copy but have resisted reading it so that it stays in mint condition for the Tyrus auction. Yes, it is a smaller paper back book. Looks great
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 9, 2009 - 12:58pm PT
Sure you didn't just pop it open, you know, to check that all the pages are there, and maybe look at the pictures? :-)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Carson city Nev.
Aug 9, 2009 - 01:21pm PT
does this supercede his first Bio ?? cuz I have a signed copy of that one! LOL
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Aug 9, 2009 - 01:25pm PT
here is the cover photo taken?

Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Aug 9, 2009 - 02:41pm PT
> [w]here is the cover photo taken?

Yosemite Valley (Sentinel spliced/lowered on L, Cathedrals in middle, El Cap on R), but with railroad tracks spliced in.

Must be symbolic of something?
Maybe about how events in his youth set the wheels in motion for him to end up with his many adventures in Yosemite.

Bring on the volumes, if that's what it takes to get this into print!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 9, 2009 - 02:46pm PT
Hitching the rail with Pat Ament?
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 9, 2009 - 02:55pm PT
RR has (I believe) been based in Modesto since the 1960s. But he was born in West Virginia, and raised in Los Angeles.
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Aug 9, 2009 - 02:58pm PT
How many lives has Royal had to do six volumes? I mean I know he used up a couple in the Valley, but has he been listening to Werner to much? What will the last volumne be about, how to design clothing?
I say all this with the greatest repect, tongue in cheek, as Royal is the man!
Bad Climber

climber
Aug 9, 2009 - 04:30pm PT
Er, that title is a bit much, isn't it? The guy does have a monster ego. Good climber, though! I still wish I had my copy of Advanced Rock Craft. I suspect this current volume is pretty well written.

My autobiography will be coming out soon:

To Be Awesome: My Life

or

To Be Studly

or

To Be Really, Really, Really, Really Good Looking

or

To Be Having Endless Hot Sex with Platoons of Super Models!

Oh, I kill me.

bAd
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 9, 2009 - 04:37pm PT
Don't we all hope to be brave? Isn't that part of what climbing's all about?
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Aug 9, 2009 - 07:13pm PT
> Er, that title is a bit much, isn't it? The guy does have a monster ego.

Please explain how an ambition to be brave suggests a monster ego. I don't see a connection.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Aug 9, 2009 - 08:46pm PT
Really, Bad Climber, I have to agree with Clint. Bad Climber, just wait until the book is out; we may actually be surprised by a change in posture by Royal. Believe me, I too will read it with a very critical eye....as far as struggling to be brave, Royal never concealed his apprehensions and snaileye moments; he was straightforward about that aspect.
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