First, I fully acknowledge Royal's climbing accomplishments, his positive influence on our ethics, his excellent writing that has appeared in many climbing magazines and journals, and his positive influence on younger generations of youth, whether they came into climbing or not.
Second, I really appreciate the effort it takes to write the memoirs that Royal is writing, and I feel honored to have read all three volumes that have come out so far. Thank you, Royal (and Liz), for your efforts and for getting them into print.
Third, I'd like to invite all who are interested in Royal's life and in the climbs and other climbers of that era to read Joe Fitschen's autobiography, "Going Up." He writes nearly as much about Royal as he does about himself, and the reader gets deep insights into the minds and hearts of both of these guys during their formative years in L.A. and through the years that they were in the army and afterward. Excellent reading! Thank you, Joe.