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By Gary Lee Hicks
Jul 18, 2015
Hey "Doc",,, Roybal's Wall was done by no less than Mike Roybal in the early '70-s and Yes a few of us managed to get up it. In particular were the brothers Peter and David Espinosa... of whom their mother was a teacher at Eldorado High School of which I was in the "1st graduating class" of 1972. She was one of my teachers and she was a sweet lady and one of my favorite teachers :o)
Those brothers were some of the best boulderers anywhere,,, but they rarely did any "climbs"; Kinda like John Gill if you remember him.
I finally got up "Roybal's Wall" and have probably done it six or seven times way back when.
At that time period, we also did a boulder problem called Amputation which was first done by Rick Meleski and Davito Hammock. I'm happy to say,,, I still have ten fingers!!!
If you go to the original Mike Hill guide book to the Sandias you can see a pic of Rico doing a boulder problem in Embudo Canyon taken by our friend Joe Cabaza. Page 116 .