Book Reading & Signing: Royal Robbins: The American Climber

Sun Sep 24 2023 at 02:00 pm to 05:30 pm

Sports Basement Presidio | San Francisco

Sports Basement
Publisher/HostSports Basement
Book Reading & Signing: Royal Robbins: The American Climber
Join us for an evening with David Smart for a thrilling discussion of his biography of biography of climbing legend Royal Robbins!
About this Event

Join Sports Basement and Books Inc. in welcoming acclaimed climbing writer David Smart for a discussion of his new book Royal Robbins: The American Climber. David will be in conversation with Daniel Duane. Books will be available for purchase, and a book signing with David will follow the talk.

Agenda/Run of Show:

  • 2:10-2:45pm: Presentation
  • 2:45-3:05pm: Audience Q&A
  • 3:05-3:30pm: Book signing and sales
  • 3:30pm on: Mix and mingle: Drinks and light snacks will be provided

About the book:

"Royal Robbins had an outsized impact on climbing history. This great new biography by David Smart brings the man behind the famous climbs to life in a way that’s both relatable and inspiring." –Alex Honnold

Royal Robbins: The American Climber is the definitive biography of one of history’s most influential climbers, from a hardscrabble youth to the heights of Yosemite and beyond. Now for the first time, the story of this iconic figure is illuminated in full by award-winning author David Smart, drawing from unparalleled access to the Robbins’s family archives and personal papers along with hundreds of interviews with Royal’s family, friends, climbing partners, and more. This essential biography provides an intimate, colorful tour of climbing history covering Yosemite, the Tetons, Gunks, Alps, United Kingdom, and more from the 1960s onward, starring such greats as Liz Robbins—Royal’s wife and a pioneering adventurer in her own right—Yvon Chouinard, John Harlin, Steve Roper, Warren Harding, Tom Frost, and Doug Tompkins. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, Royal Robbins sheds new light on this elemental figure of outdoor culture.

About the speakers:

DAVID SMART is founding editor of Gripped magazine, editorial director at Gripped Publishing, and author of five guidebooks. His biography of Austrian solo climber Paul Preuss was shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize, and his biography of Italian climber Emilio Comici won that prize along with the Banff Award for Climbing Literature. Other honors include the H. Adams Carter Award for Mountain Literature from the American Alpine Club. His work has appeared in Climbing, Rock and Ice, The American Alpine Journal, The Canadian Alpine Journal, and Alpinist.

DANIEL DUANE is the author of Lighting Out: A Golden Year in Yosemite and the West (Mountaineers Books, 2016), and many other books and articles about mountains.

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Sports Basement Presidio, 610 Old Mason Street, San Francisco, United States


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