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Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 2, 2006 - 12:07am PT
Just found the slide I was telling you about Bullwinkle eons ago. I have others.



Ken
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Jul 2, 2006 - 12:33am PT
Once again!

Maysho

climber
Truckee, CA
Jul 2, 2006 - 04:06am PT
Wow,

I had such big hair then! Billy were we doing Meatgrinder or the Zinger? I led the third ascent of Red Zinger sometime back then, but it was a cloudy day.

I sure miss Yabo.

Peter
Belayer with a bouffant
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Jul 2, 2006 - 06:32am PT
Peter, I think you were only around 18 then.
That day was a Trip!
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 2, 2006 - 06:48am PT
Of all the friends and brothers who've checked out, I miss Yabo the most. His energy was amazing.

One of Bullwinkle's better shots IMO.
bachar

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Jul 2, 2006 - 10:34am PT
It was Yabo who actually "found" Midnight Lightning. He was sitting in front of it one day and came over to me and Ron Kauk and said he found a new boulder problem. He said it would go...we laughed and said it was impossible. We were wrong! RIP bro, we all miss you!
Uplander

Social climber
Upland
Jul 2, 2006 - 10:47am PT
I'll drink to that.

Happy 4th.

PS, remember the time I took my hot little blond girfriend to JT, and I dragged her up "Mike's Books"?

We got to the top, and I'm thinking "yeah, I'm GOLDEN tonight!"

You had just solo'd somethng, I don't recall, and was standing there taking a piss. You looked at her, and said, "look at the size the THAT big dog!"

Tough act to follow you old bastard.
bachar

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Jul 2, 2006 - 10:53am PT
Uplander...sorry about that! I actually don't remember saying that but I suppose I could have (in a joking manner, of course). That wouldn't have been little LH would it?
Uplander

Social climber
Upland
Jul 2, 2006 - 12:49pm PT
Um, probably

:O)
LEB

climber
Glen Gardner
Jul 2, 2006 - 01:12pm PT
It seems that Yabo "checked out" before the whole computer thing - including forums - got into full swing. I suspect, had he lived, he would be right here in our midsts.......and can you just imagine what kind of posts he would have come up with? Seems he had a wicked sense of humor, or at least so I am given to believe based on the stories others have posted about him. I do believe this man could have "trolled" with the best of them. Sounds like he was pretty smart, as well. I must conclude then that his posts would have been very entertaining. What we "really" need, then, is a "Yabo channel"

For those of you not familiar with new age lingo, a "channel" (noun) is someone who brings forth the ideas and comments of a person on "the other side" Persons are said to "channel" (verb) this or that individual. I am not sure I buy into any of it but it does make for some interesting commentary. Most of that which is done for profit is hokey, to be sure. There is little question on this count. I remain unconvinced of its validity but having said that, on a much less grandiose scale, I do believe certain ideas,notions and concepts can transcend time and space and even death
426

Sport climber
Buzzard Point, TN
Jul 2, 2006 - 01:17pm PT
Forgive my ignorance, is one of these guys Yabo? Looks 'timestamped' to his era...

Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jul 2, 2006 - 01:38pm PT
no not yabo 426, but the spirit is right on.
l-r: BVB, Galen Kirkwood, Doug "Off" White.

All Hail Yab-A-Ho, the one man tribe.
LEB

climber
Glen Gardner
Jul 2, 2006 - 02:38pm PT
tarbuster,

if there is such a thing as an after life, no doubt Yabo is enjoying his legendary status....enjoying to the max, I might add. I am reasonably sure he would be viewing all of these posts about him with considerable glee. You know how at fallen policeman's funeral, sometimes a lone bagpiper marches off into the distance after the last round of taps is played. It symbolizes his passing into eternity. Well, here I think we have the climber's analogy - Yabo has rather marched off into rock climbing legend.
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2006 - 03:01pm PT
Yabo got into racing road bikes for awhile. He would show up at the starting line without signing up for the race. He would give everyone a run for the money and after going through the finish line he would keep on pedaling leaving the top finishers saying who the heck was that guy.

Ken
LEB

climber
Glen Gardner
Jul 2, 2006 - 03:07pm PT
Sort of like the bag piper, isn't it (or else, I am thinking, a streaker). This man sounds like such a pisser. I am sorry he checked out before making it over to this board. I'm sure his comments would have been priceless.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Jul 2, 2006 - 03:45pm PT
Yabo was a legend in his own time and knew it, at least some of the time. I'm not sure that sitting over a computer would have been his style. He often communicated as much or more with body language, facial expressions and nonspecific sounds, as with words. But who knows?

I was at a wedding once and some people were talking about a friends guitar playing;
"He's channeling Jerry"
I laughed, taking it in the metaphorical way that Lois suggested, "That's it! He's channeling Jerry, hahaha," I said, meaning it as a compliment, but not literally.
Then I realized no one else was laughing. They weren't intending it as any sort of euphemism. They were thinking more in terms of a spiritual T-1 line to the Grateful afterworld.



Why Do, bag pipers play at cop funerals?
LEB

climber
Glen Gardner
Jul 2, 2006 - 04:00pm PT
Jaybro,

Indeed, those "into" this stuff take the whole channeling thing very seriously. You are quite correct - they were NOT joking around. I don't totally discount it but I do not support all the hype and sensationalism about the whole thing. Like so many things, it is a concept which has become sensationalized and, sadly, commercialized.

As for the bagpipe thing, I do believe it is not only cop funerals but they are there at those, to be sure. There is some element of majesty and dignity to bag pipes along with a long line of tradition. Cops often came from the Bristish Isles and esp Ireland in earlier days so such may have something to do with it. I also believe there is the "fallen comrade" element of the whole thing. People esp the "nonfallen" comrades are often very devestated by the loss of a member of their ranks. They take it very badly and need any measure of comfort they can get. I suppose the bag pipes lend some degree of ceremony to the whole thing which might help the living.

We see some of that very thing here. Climbers are often exceedingly upset when one of their "brethren" dies in the act of climbing or else "checks out" for some other reason. Checking out as Yabo did can be especially painful for the people who knew and loved him because they see it as so unnecessary. Believe it or not, sometimes, there is even an element of "survior's guilt" We see it at all levels. When my brother died, I somehow felt slightly "guilty" that it was him and not me. Irrational, yes, but it happens, none-the-less. Those who bring up Yabo still miss him and still feel some pain that he is gone, even though it has been years. On some level, some part of them - however small (or large) still "hurts." Those remaining do whatever they can to "cope" and all of this pomp and circumstance somehow helps those left behind to cope.
Uplander

Social climber
Upland
Jul 3, 2006 - 12:48am PT
Yabo was as much an attitude as a person. I remember once he had cut the sh#t out of his hand so we drove into the pharmacy in JT to buy some white tape and stuff. There was some poor old man who obviously had some bad case of cancer and had his lower jaw removed and was horribly disfigured.

We all looked at him, and then quickly diverted our eyes and looked the other way.

Not yabo. He walked over to the poor old dude and examines him with curiosity and says, "shit dude, what happened to YOU?"

I was so high at the time I bolted for the door as not to laugh out loud. I swear that close-up black and white picture was taken the same day.

Anastasia

Trad climber
Near a mountain, CA
Jul 3, 2006 - 02:13am PT
I never had the chance to meet him, but his spirit is regularly mocking and teasing me amidst the sandstone of Stoney. I know him through bloody fingers and impossible moves, between sit down starts and dyno mantles. I can feel him challenging me with a crooked grin while laughing at my feeble efforts, knowing that only a few will come close.
Through the years I've heard the regular climbing crowd speak of him in hushed whispered tones that is usually reserved for miracle working saints. They regularly pass on his legacy and as a group face his problems with the same reserve that priests face their alters.
Yabo is being remembered well at Stoney Point.
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Jul 3, 2006 - 10:21am PT


Here is one of Yabo doing his typical thing at Josh. (c) Randy Vogel
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