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    Half Dome: First Ascent of the Northwest Face

    Half Dome. The iconic rock, with its sheer face and rounded back, overlooks the majesty of Yosemite Valley. Though today its face is climbed several times a day, it was at one point the zenith…

    June 20, 2017
  • RR & LR Atop Muir Wall Post-Solo - El Capitan 1968 (Glen Denny #101 Full Usage 2016)
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    Royal Robbins: 1935-2017

    We are deeply saddened to report that our founder and legendary rock climber Royal Robbins’ passed away Tuesday, March 14 after a long illness. Royal was extremely special to us. He and his wife,…

    March 15, 2017
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    The First Descents of Royal Robbins

    Royal the Adventurer not Royal the Climber is what we should probably call him. In addition to his pioneering climbing feats, Royal was also a pioneering white water kayaker, claiming numerous first descents in the…

    March 10, 2017
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    The First Ascents of Royal Robbins

    The first ascent is a magical exploration. Whether it’s a big wall or a bouldering problem, it takes imagination, vision and a desire to go where no one has gone before. It requires a…

    February 26, 2017
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    Mountain Paraphernalia: The Beginnings of Royal Robbins

    “This importing business sure is a can of annelids [worms].” – Royal Robbins Before they called the company “Royal Robbins”, there was “Mountain Paraphernalia.” In 1968, Royal and Liz Robbins started selling climbing gear…

    June 21, 2016
  • ROBBINS VENTURES UP onto a virgin El Cap, pitch 5, the Salathé Wall, Yosemite Valley, California.  First ascent in 9½ days by Royal Robbins, Chuck Pratt, and Tom Frost, September 1961.

    Nutcracker: the Birth of Clean Climbing

    “What a pleasure to climb a fine route and find no traces of those who have come before and to leave no mark of one’s passage…to use art instead of force.”   In the…

    April 22, 2016
  • Royal Robbins on the North America Wall, El Capitan 1964

    Royal Robbins in the New Age of Climbing

    In the late 1950’s, the vertical walls of Yosemite Valley were terra incognita, as seemingly remote and inaccessible as the moon. Royal Robbins was part of a new age in climbing, led by a…

    February 19, 2016