According to his company’s website, Robbins died after a long illness.
“Royal was extremely special to us. He and his wife, Liz, founded Royal Robbins in 1968 as an active lifestyle apparel company for rock climbers, adventurers and travelers,” said the post on his company’s website, royalrobbins.com. “His environmental advocacy and his love for adventure provide direction for everything we do. Royal was an inspiration to us all and will be greatly missed.”
Robbins was a leading figure in Yosemite rock climbing, making the first ascent of the Northwest Face of Half Dome in 1957 with Jerry Galwas and Mike Sherrick and the first ascent of the Salathé Wall on El Capitan in 1961, according to rockandice.com.
In the wake of his success as a climber, Robbins founded the outdoor gear and clothing company that carries his name.