Royal Robbins setting up a rappel.

Royal Robbins setting up a rappel.

Royal Robbins setting up the rappel below Lung Ledge after the first reconnaisance during the first ascent of the Salathe Wall, El Capitan, 1961. Tom Frost said that he and Chuck Pratt were amazed that Robbins knew exactly where he was going and how to get out of there. They decided to let him descend first from their intimidating position on the wall. Tom Frost photo.