The two greatest climbers of their generation, Chuck Pratt and Royal
Robbins, study the route above to see what it holds for them.
Now, in the early ‘60s, and here, atop the El Cap Spire half
way up El Capitan, the two climbers enjoy the peak of their game.
Royal was the prima facie leader of Yosemite’s Golden Age and
Chuck’s ability naturally connected him with
Pat Ament wrote: “No
three climbers were ever more intimate with Yosemite or with El Capitan
than Robbins, Pratt, and Frost. More
than any other route, this great wall, the southwest face of
THE TWO GREATEST
CLIMBERS of their generation, Chuck Pratt and Royal Robbins atop El Cap
Spire, the Salathé
Wall, El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, California.
First ascent by Robbins, Pratt, and Frost, 9˝ days, September