Jury of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival‘s 2023 Book Competition, Jennifer Lowe-Anker says of David Smart’s latest book, Royal Robbins, the American climber: “It is rare to read an account of a legend that measures up to the individual, capturing visionary character in human and place with clear insight to an era. David Smart gives us an evocative, intimate view of Royal Robbins, the man, his exceptional position in the history of American climbing and his vast resume of classic and timeless ascents.”
Canadian author David Smart paints portraits of climbing figures, taking the time to place each one in personal and historical context. Paul Preuss and the early 20th century, Emilio Comici and Italy in the 1930s, Royal Robbins and his unstable childhood – all found in climbing a life-saving activity. A climber “for 46 years already !“, a lover of the Dolomites and attached to his native Canadian Rockies, David Smart tells us more about these forerunners of climbing.
Royal Robbins, the american climber, par David Smart.
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