The late great conservationist, climber, and clothier was a symbol of what it means to be an American and the outdoor community will remain in mourning this week as its forefathers remember the legend that was Royal Robbins.
Among his most notable accomplishments, Royal advocated for clean climbing in the 60’s and in 1967, he and his wife Liz made the first ascent of “The Nutcracker” in the Yosemite Valley using only removable nuts.
“His environmental advocacy and his love for adventure provide direction for everything we do. Royal was an inspiration to us all and will be greatly missed.” – Royal Robbins Website
That climb ultimately inspired the “Trad” or traditional climbing revolution, where climbers use temporary pieces of gear for protection instead of drilling or hammering into the rock.
A year later, he and his wife Liz would found Royal Robbins as one of the first companies to design climbing specific clothing. Royal went on to put up notable ascents in Europe and North America before gravitating towards kayaking in his later years.
Royal is survived by his wife Liz, daughter Tamara, and son Damon.
Find the entire Modesto Bee article here: Rock climbing pioneer, Modesto’s Royal Robbins, dies at 82