Why do we idolize John "Yabo" Yablanski?

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Disaster Master

Social climber
Born in So-Cal, left my soul in far Nor-Cal.
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 18, 2011 - 11:18pm PT
I never met John "Yabo" Yablanski. I think I would have liked him. We have some things in common, including an off-kilter personality. We are both Preacher's Kids.

Why, though, do we seem to speak more fondly of those like Yabo who took their own life, or died doing something like soloing? Is it the music star / rock star syndrome?

I like wild stories. I tell them. And from what I hear, when I am not around they are often told about me. But I wouldn't want to be remembered more longingly because I off-ed my self than if I died old and happy.

http://www.joshuatreeclimb.com/members/History/Profiles/yabo.htm

Don't take this as a slight against a good man and great climber. I simply wonder if he would be as lauded if he had lived out the rest of his life.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 18, 2011 - 11:20pm PT
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/259312/for-the-yabo-fans

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/216039/Yabo
mynameismud

climber
backseat
Jan 19, 2011 - 12:07am PT
Just cuz
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jan 19, 2011 - 12:11am PT
I think the people who really knew John don't idolize him, seems the ones that do idolize him didn't know him.

The question remains.



Tom

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Jan 19, 2011 - 12:17am PT
Don't you blaspheme in here - - - - DON'T you blaspheme in here!
TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
Jan 19, 2011 - 12:19am PT
Kevin nailed it.
TY
socalbolter

Sport climber
Silverado, CA
Jan 19, 2011 - 12:21am PT
Ditto what KW said above...
QITNL

climber
Jan 19, 2011 - 12:25am PT
Some people like other people who are a little different. Climbers by nature are a little different. I didn't know Yabo, that's just a guess.
Bullwinkle

Boulder climber
Jan 19, 2011 - 12:26am PT
Credit: Bullwinkle
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Jan 19, 2011 - 12:52am PT
Yablonski.



We don't.
Double D

climber
Jan 19, 2011 - 01:02am PT
Kevin nailed it. Yabo had some incredible talents but I don't think anyone who really knew him idolized him, rather they tried to help him out of compassion.
le_bruce

climber
Oakland: what's not to love?
Jan 19, 2011 - 01:10am PT
OP: Read Lynn Hill's memoir? Good read, and some material on Yablonski from her point of view.
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Jan 19, 2011 - 01:12am PT
Ditto for what Kevin said.
I remember Yabo as an enigma and a veritable force of nature with a huge heart.
He was someone to marvel at, not idolize.
Wish he didn't have to leave the way he did.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
SoCal
Jan 19, 2011 - 01:33am PT
I met him. He could climb really well and did some bold things. He was not that friendly to me and perhaps to some others but his work has earned the respect.

We'd like him even more if he choose to stick with it and work through the difficulties and keep climbing.

In my garage, in a box of artifacts, I have a chalked up hold he pulled off B3 project he was working on: "Boy Elroy" on "Jetsons' Rock" at Stony.

In some future sci-fi scenario a mad scientist could use skin cells from this artifact to make an army of Yabo clones. He could release them on the world and all the boulder problems would be climbed leaving no FAs left for anyone.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 19, 2011 - 01:35am PT
Big ditto for several posts here. No idolatry here, just respect for a beautiful, yet troubled soul.
ec

climber
ca
Jan 19, 2011 - 01:45am PT
I think the people who really knew John don't idolize him, seems the ones that do idolize him didn't know him

Says it all...

 ec
Disaster Master

Social climber
Born in So-Cal, left my soul in far Nor-Cal.
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 19, 2011 - 02:07am PT
All excellent responses.

Post On. :)
Anastasia

climber
hanging from a crimp and crying for my mama.
Jan 19, 2011 - 02:13am PT

From those who knew him, all I hear is how they still value his imprint upon their lives. He was greatly loved and they will not forget him.

As for Yabo the legend... Well, people need folk heroes which they can have a connection to. Especially ones that excelled despite their troubles. It helps us have hope when we face our own demons. Maybe with Yabo in mind, it will somehow help a person not fall as far... Especially since most climbers can see how much nicer it would have been if he had stuck around.

AFS


rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Jan 19, 2011 - 02:23am PT
I wouldn't say people idolize him. More like respect him, for being a bad ass climber. At least that's how I regard him. And I don't think the way he left, has anything to do with it. I never met him.
ß Î Ø T Ç H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Jan 19, 2011 - 03:12am PT
...in a box of artifacts, I have a chalked up hold he pulled off B3 project he was working on
That itself, prettymuch debunked the op's topic title right there. Yabo's rep and all that was fully established long before he died. I don't know what you are trying to intimate with this thread. You could spell his name right while you're at it.
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