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Jorge

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 27, 2006 - 07:25pm PT


now why is this bigger?...
mark miller

Social climber
Reno
Sep 27, 2006 - 07:38pm PT
Beautiful shot, thanks. That's a six pack'; could you still drive on that road in those day's?
Blinny

Trad climber
NorthWestMontana
Sep 27, 2006 - 07:39pm PT
Look at that LittleYaBlowMeOutSki! (Fires - I don't think they're Fires after all. . . they're prolly EBs with leather!)

DANG!

Love and hope to you all!

HerOutThereNess (That's what he used to call me)
LEB

climber
Glen Gardner
Sep 27, 2006 - 08:40pm PT
That's Yabo?

He looks so different in every single shot. I never knew another person who was so chameleon like-in terms of appearance. I like Yabo stories. It is just about time for more of them; we have not had any for a while now.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Sep 27, 2006 - 08:55pm PT
I have my own Yobo stories and they're pretty much like eveyone else's, so I guess this shot by Bullwinkle will just have to do.



Surf's Up Yabo style!
Jorge

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 27, 2006 - 09:01pm PT


LEB

climber
Glen Gardner
Sep 27, 2006 - 09:02pm PT
can't say

I love that shot but he looks so different always. I do believe we see the magic a professional photographer can weild. Of all the shots, that one has to be absolutely the best - and most charming. There is charisma there
LEB

climber
Glen Gardner
Sep 27, 2006 - 09:09pm PT
I am brain dead and headed for the sack - thanks in advance for any Yabo stories or pics posted. I will look at them and comment tomorrow. Yabo stories are so cool. I have to say this again because I am ever so impressed. You guys here had great bicepts and tricepts in your youth. I was given to believe that climbers were not reliant on upper body strength (which is allegedly why the women do so well). Or at least that is what some of you have said here.

Well having said that, one would never know as much looking at all these old shots of you all when you were young. Looks like a hell of a lot of upper body strength and muscle definition to me. As far as the pics of many of you here (including Yabo)....nice arms!!!!

PS. could we have reposts of some of those upper arms. I seem to recall a bunch of you had some rather nice stuff to strut
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Sep 27, 2006 - 09:13pm PT
LEB, Yabo had some crazy energy and I think that top shot shows his heart like none other.

Of all the climbers I have known who have passed on, I probably miss him the most.

or as he was won't to do, and Pink Floyd sang about so many times, "shine on you crazy diamond"

LEB style edit:
It's because they worked out like fiends Lois. The new generation has nothing on these boys
LEB

climber
Glen Gardner
Sep 27, 2006 - 09:17pm PT
can't say,

I "miss" him too and I never even met him. He captured me, too, for sure. I think he was a vulnerable soul and perhaps underneath it all, the world was just a little rough for him. Some stars shine bright and are simply not meant to shine for a long time. Maybe growing old was not part of this soul's karma. For sure, this star had magic and the stardust he left behind still glimmers
LEB

climber
Glen Gardner
Sep 27, 2006 - 09:19pm PT
can't say,

Well whatever they did to get those upper bodies, it sure as hell is nice to look at. I can't believe that BS about upper body strength not being important. I doubt it was just some random coincidence that you all looked like that.
Wonder

climber
WA
Sep 27, 2006 - 10:48pm PT
Hey Happi, you out there.
What you said in the HK, I'm starting to become a believer.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Sep 28, 2006 - 07:19am PT
thanks george,
that first shot is sumthin' else altogether.
he looks like a kupie doll from another planet...
Dell

Trad climber
New Paltz, NY
Sep 28, 2006 - 07:25am PT
assuming it's the Valley -- what route is he on?
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Sep 28, 2006 - 07:42am PT
Hi Lois, your comment about upper body strength requirements is slightly off the mark for technical reasons.

In climbing, all that matters is strength to weight ratio, not absolute strength. You cannot afford to carry any unnecessary weight and climb well. That is why climbers are so strong looking and so skinny.

Climbing is mostly about technical skill, conserving energy, using you legs, and keeping a still mind. You cannot do 1000s of pull-ups to get up a climb.

Another element is that working out for climbing is different than building muscle mass. Technically what is important is the speed of muscle cell recruitment. Men or women that work out with weights and look strong are almost never able to convert that strength into useful climbing abilities.

In this light, women don't have the disadvantages compared to men of building muscle mass.
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Sep 28, 2006 - 07:53am PT
Pat some of those shots of Yabo still bring a tear to my eye. ONE OF A KIND whithout a doubt. He BROUGHT energy to so many of us. I'll never forget a bouldering contest at Santee in San Diego circa early 80's, the bouldering area had just burned and back then you could pretty much drive into the boulder area. We drive up like at 5:30 in the morning and Yabo in laying on the ground, COVERED in soot, sleeping. He wakes up, goes to his car, opens the door and out pops his Mom... she was there to watch Yabo. It was hellareous watching the yaboho's, his mom following her son who was covered in soot. Got some black and whites of him bouldering that day, the soot looked like shadows on his skin. I think he and Yaniro were following eachother that particular day, but maybe Bachar stole the show at the end. Remember? Mike Paul was a court jester, musta been around holloween. Viva Yaboho!
Peace
really good to see you a couple weeks ago Pat, was good to see everyone, was actually thinkin of Yabo that evening, missing his company.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Sep 28, 2006 - 09:39am PT
Ron it was great to see you at the show too. Hopefully I'll be getting out to the crags a bit more often then I have been.

Blinny

Trad climber
NorthWestMontana
Sep 28, 2006 - 09:55am PT
Lois. . . just so you know. . . that BoWinkle shot of YaBlowMeOutSki where he's wearing the driving cap doesn't look like him AT ALL! That's a total freak shot of him. . . it took a long time for Blanchard to convince me that it really was Yabo! The other shots of him on this thread LOOK LIKE HIM!

HerOutThereNess
LEB

climber
Glen Gardner
Sep 28, 2006 - 02:36pm PT
Roger,

I can certainly agree with the relativeness for upperbody strength as it applies to women but it can't be just an idle coincidence that all these stonemen were so muscular and well cut. It also can't be coincidence that the climbers have much better developed upper bodies then the jumpers. Either they were lifting weights independent of their climbing activities (and spending a lot of time doing so) or else the physical maneuvers involved in climbinbg and moving up the stone was stressing the muscles of the arms and developing them.

Perhaps they were, in fact, developing more strength and defintion then was actuallhy needed - vis-a-vue the success of the women - but no one is going to convince me that pursuing this sport did not help build upper bodies. How can one possibly hang off rock and propel oneselve upward without putting stress on the arms. Maybe the women are using their legs more or else using their whole bodies more. Also the women have less mass to propell upward in the first place (which is basically what you are saying in the first place). Most importantly, absent requisite levels of testosterone, muscle will strengthen and tone but it will not particularly bulk up. Equal effort (muscle stress) will not produce equal results where muscle is concerned.

Some poster on this forum once commented that he watched a monkey climb up a rock, grab a banana placed there and then hang effortlessly with one arm while said monkey ate the banana with the other arm/hand. The monkey could do this because monkeys and apes have incredible upper body strength.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Sep 28, 2006 - 03:21pm PT
Yabo on Chip Flakey,

foto Dean Fidelman
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