Tag: Royal Robbins

The Climbers

Coffee was brewing on the stove. From the looks of things, Jim Herrington had stayed up late. His thick brown hair, normally combed and coifed, looked like he’d just eaten an electric eel for breakfast.

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The Adventure Paradigm

When Royal Robbins died on March 14th it was a painful moment for the adventure community, and a chance to reflect on his great life. Robbins was an American maverick whose significance in history will grow over time, not just for people who care about outdoor sports, but also for any thinking person who cares about the future of America.

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Royal Robbins

A black Land Rover seemed to glide up the dirt road. We were pulling ropes out of cars and packing lunches; in the mid-1990s my climbing students were jazzed to be at Wamello Dome, a little-known destination of superb granite up an obscure logging road halfway between Yosemite and Fresno.

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Video: Valley Uprising – Trailer

The larger-than-life characters of Yosemite carved out an extreme bohemian lifestyle in the valley: living in the dirt, clashing with the National Park authorities, and pioneering the boldest climbs on earth. The torch has been passed across three generations of climbers; through rivalries, tragedies and triumphs, the art of Yosemite climbing has advanced beyond anyone’s imagination.

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