Chessler Books
Rock Climbing - Mountaineering - Exploration
New - Used - Collectible - Signed
Chessler Books Accepts PAYPAL Chessler Books Accepts VISA Chessler Books Accepts MASTERCARD Chessler Books Accepts DISCOVER CARD Chessler Books Accepts AMERICAN EXPRESS
All Orders Shipped via USPS.   Your Order Will Ship Within 2 Business Days!  Chessler Books Ships Via USPS
Author:
Title:
Keyword:
Item #:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M Mc N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Item #: BK1810-468
ROYAL ROBBINS: SPIRIT OF THE AGE. Pat Ament. SIGNED by Royal Robbins and Pat Ament. 1998 Paperback New Multiple copies available
By Ament, Pat.
Price: $19.95

List Price: $49.95
You Save $30.00 (60%)


Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description
SIGNED by Royal Robbins and Pat Ament. 

Pennsylvania, Stackpole Books, 1998, 2nd paperback edition. 301 pp, 219 b&w photos, cartoons, bibliography, index. Subtitle: The Biography of America's Most Distinguished Rock Climber. Biography of one of the great climbers of Yosemite. Royal Robbins is one the pioneers of American climbing. His competitive spirit helped him change his sport forever. But it was his relentless desire that helped him push back the boundaries of what anyone had previously thought possible. Pat Ament is a fellow climber and friend who knew him well. Was shortlisted for the 1993 Tasker-Boardman Award in 1993. New Paperback.

First published in hardcover (Titled Spirit of the Age) in 1992.

Pat Ament has diligently chronicled Robbins's life and achievements by taking us from his Boy Scout days, to his triumphs in the Yosemite Valley, to his postscript career as a formidable kayaker. But the main focus is Robbins's years in Yosemite, where he went after whichever route the world said couldn't be climbed.

We follow him up the Washington Column, Half Dome, the Nose of El Capitan, and on a solo ascent of the Leaning Tower. Ament also plays historian by laying down the foundations of the American climbing scene, transmitting a feel for Yosemite during its golden age – when the world had not yet crushed 'the valley' in its clumsy grip.

Moreover, he allows us to appreciate what went into setting the routes we climb today by giving detailed accounts of the first ascents. It is humbling to know that the routes we struggle on were first protected by slinging wires through machine nuts called 'stoppers.' And you get a real sense of the dedication when you know that Robbins' friend and fellow pioneer, Yvon Chouinard, was first creating pitons from shards of old Ford axles.

Ament's style is constricted at times, and the biography often reads more like a textbook, but if you fancy yourself a student of climbing history, this is your textbook. And the life of Royal Robbins is certainly a prerequisite. –Benjamin Tiffany.

The definitive biography of a rock climbing legend with rare photos of Robbins and other premier climbers in action. A classic work on a seminal era of American rock climbing. In one of the most important climbing books of the decade, Colorado climber and author Pat Ament has written a superbly evocative and lasting biography of this most influential figure. –The American Alpine Journal.

Royal Robbins, more than anyone, defined American rock climbing in the early days of the sport. A colorful, influential, sometimes controversial figure, he was the first in America to climb a 5.9 route, the first to make a big wall Grade VI ascent (the Northwest Wall of Half Dome), the first to find and conquer new routes up El Capitan.

This biography was originally published in 1992. Rich in climbing lore and anecdote, the book reveals in both text and photos how a master climber made some of his most challenging climbs. Ament's prose also captures the spiritual allure of the sport.

Pat Ament, an expert climber himself who opened some of the first 5.11 routes in Colorado, is the author of numerous books and articles on climbing and is also a poet and filmmaker. He lives in Westminster, Colorado. Climbing was, for many people, something in which to dabble – romantic dilettantism. For Royal, it was a way of life – a consciousness closely related to the religious impulse. Although agnostic, his discipline was toward mental, technical, and spiritual virtuosity. He was deviled with resistance against less competent climbers who were trying to bolt the spirit out of the game. He found any hint of dishonesty deplorable.

His searching, as he wrote in an article, was for the highest human expression. In Yosemite, indeed there was a spiritualization of adventure.

From John Gill's Website:

Pat Ament : Pat and I first met in 1967, just after I had moved to Fort Collins. The friendship that resulted from our first encounter has lasted 36 years. Although ten years my junior, we had, in common the most important thing two climbers can have in common: remarkably similar perspectives of our craft.

We were both gymnasts, and Pat, independantly, had started using chalk in climbing only a few years after I had introduced it elsewhere. We both viewed rock climbing as an extension of gymnastics. What I had in pulling strength, Pat had in pressing strength. He could do a hollowback press to handstand from the floor, followed by a number of handstand push-ups. He once held a one-arm handstand on the parallel bars for 18 seconds (I don't think I ever went beyond 5). Along with one-arm mantels on the rock, he could also do a very slow and controlled muscle-up on the high bar, rotating both elbows simultaneously – a very difficult feat.

But, most importantly for our friendship, we were aware of spiritual or mystical dimensions of the sport. We also thought of our climbing as an artistic endeavor.

Pat is a significant artist. He is a prolific writer, having written literally dozens of books about various aspects of climbing, including an original guidebook 'High Over Boulder', that set benchmarks for precision and accuracy. He is a composer, pianist, and singer, and his line drawings are superb. He is also, and fundamentally, a poet. The balance he has achieved between the physical realm – including being a black belt Karate instructor – and the artistic or spiritual realm is extraordinary.

Now , for a few words about his climbing feats. Besides setting new bouldering standards at Flagstaff Mountain, in Boulder, during the 1960s, he made significant climbs in Colorado and Yosemite. Pat's ascent of Supremacy Crack in Eldorado Canyon at the age of eighteen in 1965 established one of the hardest short climbs in the country. He authored the first 5.11 in Yosemite - the Center Slack at the base of El Cap - as well.

He is also a true master of safety in climbing , having the ability to place adequate protection in even the most barren of traditional climbs. Pat was a leading innovator and experimented with various approaches to rock climbing during a transitionary era, fraught with ethical dilemmas, toward the end of the Golden Age. He raised a few waves because of this and because of a powerful intellect and a quiet but forceful attitude, not averse to philosophical and verbal argument.

He has weathered these minor squalls with determination and resiliency, and to some extent, I think they define him. He is a rare renaissance man in an age of increasing specialization. The only true poet I know who weaves his spell upon the rock as well. (2003)

For those of you interested in learning more about this great old friend of mine, I recommend Pat's Stories of a Young Climber – an Autobiography. By the way, Pat Ament has a great new book: Everything That Matters (2004)


Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
WIZARDS OF ROCK: FREE CLIMBING IN AMERICA. SIGNED by Royal Robbins and Pat Ament As New Multiple copies available
By: Ament, Pat
Price $39.95
- Item # BK1836-489
View Details
Add To Cart
CLIMBER'S CHOICE: THE BEST WRITERS PRESENT THEIR WORK. 2002 1st edition SIGNED by Pat Ament
By: Ament, Pat.
Price $24.95
- Item # BK31
View Details
Add To Cart
HIGH OVER BOULDER. SIGNED by Pat Ament. 1984 4th edition
By: Ament, Pat and Cleve McCarty
Price $25.00
- Item # BK1871C
View Details
Add To Cart
HIGH OVER BOULDER. SIGNED by Pat Ament and Cleve McCarty 1976 3rd edition
By: Ament, Pat and Cleve McCarty
Price $45.00
- Item # BK1871G
View Details
Add To Cart
BEYOND THE VERTICAL Layton Kor 1983 1st edition DJ Near Fine SIGNED by 5: Royal Robbins, Fred Beckey Glen Denny, Pat Ament and some by Jim Bridwell.
By: Kor, Layton
Price $125.00 ~ Regular $395.00, You Save $270.00 (68%)
- Item # OP9F
View Details
Add To Cart
WIZARDS OF ROCK: FREE CLIMBING IN AMERICA. 2002 1st ed New SIGNED by 4: Royal Robbins Jim Bridwell, John Gill and Pat Ament
By: Ament, Pat.
Price $150.00
- Item # BK1836A-369
View Details
Add To Cart
SPIRIT OF THE AGE: THE BIOGRAPHY OF AMERICA'S MOST DISTINGUISHED ROCK CLIMBER, ROYAL ROBBINS. Pat Ament. SIGNED by Royal Robbins and Pat Ament. 1992 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine.
By: Ament, Pat
Price $75.00 ~ Regular $100.00, You Save $25.00 (25%)
- Item # OP53A-468
View Details
Add To Cart
BEYOND THE VERTICAL Layton Kor 1983 1st edition DJ Near Fine SIGNED by 10: Layton Kor, Royal Robbins, Fred Beckey Glen Denny, Pat Ament, Jim Bridwell, Chris Bonington, Bob Culp, Steve Roper and Allen Steck.
By: Kor, Layton
Price $250.00 ~ Regular $395.00, You Save $145.00 (37%)
- Item # OP9C
View Details
Add To Cart
CLIMBING IN NORTH AMERICA. Chris Jones 1976-79, 1-2nd ed DJ SIGNED 4, 6, 8: by Ament, Barber, Beckey, Bridwell, Kor. Extras are Culp, Denny, Robbins,
By: Jones, Chris
Price $49.99 ~ Regular $250.00, You Save $200.01 (80%)
- Item # BK749A-5851
View Details
Add To Cart
ADVANCED ROCKCRAFT SIGNED by Royal Robbins (Few left)
By: Robbins, Royal
Price $74.95
- Item # BK239
View Details
Add To Cart
10 KEYS TO CLIMB EVEREST Pat Ament 1999 1st edition New paperback
By: Ament, Pat.
Price $0.99 ~ Regular $14.95, You Save $13.96 (93%)
- Item # BK29
View Details
Add To Cart
10 KEYS TO CLIMB EVEREST. SIGNED by Pat Ament. 1999 1st edition
By: Ament, Pat.
Price $3.99 ~ Regular $15.00, You Save $11.01 (73%)
- Item # BK30-5851
View Details
Add To Cart
HOW TO BE A MASTER CLIMBER IN SIX EASY LESSONS Pat Ament 1997 1st edition New paperback
By: Ament, Pat.
Price $3.99 ~ Regular $10.95, You Save $6.96 (64%)
- Item # BK302
View Details
Add To Cart
HOW TO BE A MASTER CLIMBER IN SIX EASY LESSONS SIGNED by Pat Ament 1997 1st edition
By: Ament, Pat.
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.01 (75%)
- Item # BK35-5851
View Details
Add To Cart
STORIES OF A YOUNG CLIMBER. SIGNED by Pat Ament 1997 1st edition
By: Ament, Pat.
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $25.00, You Save $20.01 (80%)
- Item # BK1790
View Details
Add To Cart
WIZARDS OF ROCK: FREE CLIMBING IN AMERICA. 2002 1st ed New SIGNED by 4: Royal Robbins Jim Bridwell, John Gill and Pat Ament
By: Ament, Pat.
Price $150.00
- Item # BK1836A-369
View Details
Add To Cart
REFLECTIONS ON BEING THE BEST CLIMBER IN THE WORLD SIGNED by Pat Ament.
By: Ament, Pat.
Price $14.95
- Item # BK36
View Details
Add To Cart
CLIMBER'S CHOICE: THE BEST WRITERS PRESENT THEIR WORK. 2002 1st edition SIGNED by Pat Ament
By: Ament, Pat.
Price $24.95
- Item # BK31
View Details
Add To Cart
WIZARDS OF ROCK: FREE CLIMBING IN AMERICA. SIGNED by Pat Ament 2002 1st edition New
By: Ament, Pat.
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $24.95, You Save $14.96 (60%)
- Item # BK1837-5851
View Details
Add To Cart
MOUNTAIN WORLD 1954 No DJ
By: Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research
Price $5.00 ~ Regular $15.00, You Save $10.00 (67%)
- Item # MW1954B
View Details
Add To Cart
ANNAPURNA CONQUEST OF THE FIRST 8000-METRE PEAK [26,493 feet] 1st UK ed DJ Near Fine SIGNED BY MAURICE HERZOG
By: Herzog, Maurice
Price $150.00 ~ Regular $500.00, You Save $350.00 (70%)
- Item # OP106B-357
View Details
Add To Cart
SHADOWS ON THE WASTELAND CROSSING ANTARCTICA WITH RANULPH FIENNES Stroud 1993 1st edition HC
By: Stroud, Mike
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $21.95, You Save $11.96 (54%)
- Item # PL201
View Details
Add To Cart
PEAKS, PASSES AND GLACIERS Walt Unsworth 1981 1st edition Hardcover DJ
By: Unsworth, Walt
Price $5.00 ~ Regular $25.00, You Save $20.00 (80%)
- Item # OP10
View Details
Add To Cart
AT THE SHARP END Paul Nunn 1988 1st UK edition Hardcover DJ
By: Nunn, Paul
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $34.95, You Save $29.96 (86%)
- Item # BK1119
View Details
Add To Cart
LIGHTWEIGHT EXPEDITIONS Rob Collister 1989, 1st ed Hardcover New Multiple copies available
By: Collister, Rob
Price $1.99 ~ Regular $24.95, You Save $22.96 (92%)
- Item # OP7290-209
View Details
Add To Cart
GLACIERS OF THE AMERICAN ROCKY MOUNTAINS James L. Dyson 1952 1st ed Softcover Fine
By: Dyson, James L.
Price $49.95
- Item # OP3627-479
View Details
Add To Cart
MOUNTAIN MIDSUMMER: CLIMBING ON FOUR CONTINENTS Michael Gill 1969 1st UK ed DJ Near Fine. SIGNED by Ed Hillary.
By: Gill, Michael. Foreword by Sir Edmund Hillary
Price $49.99 ~ Regular $100.00, You Save $50.01 (50%)
- Item # OP582A-727
View Details
Add To Cart
THE STORY OF EVEREST. John Noel. Boston, 1927, 1st edition. Hardcover, no dust jacket, very good.
By: Noel, John
Price $9.95 ~ Regular $18.00, You Save $8.05 (45%)
- Item # OP354G
View Details
Add To Cart
ROCK AND ICE CLIMBING: THE HISTORY, PRACTICE AND TECHNIQUE Massimo Cappon 1983 1st ed DJ Fine.
By: Cappon, Massimo
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $45.01 (90%)
- Item # OP3067-234
View Details
Add To Cart