Where did the term "Gobi" come from


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Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 11, 2005 - 02:25pm PT
For years I've heard the term "gobi" or "gobed" in reference to cuts and gouges on our hands and arms from crack climbing.
Just curious if anyone knows who coined the phrase. Werner, you know anything?
Russ Walling

Social climber
Bishop is DEAD, long live JT
Jun 11, 2005 - 08:45pm PT
Pre dates me and Harding....

try this from the SlangDictionary:

Definition for goby
Reverse salutations, goodbye, see you later. To be used when departing from presence.
Example: I'm going to go now, so, goby.

Kinda fits.... as when you get one (a gobie) you are usually leaving, be it skin, or the crack, and need to say bye-bye.

can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jun 11, 2005 - 09:01pm PT
I first started hearlng E, and the Von Zealow, among others, using itback around 76 or 77.

what about you Largo? How long have you been hearing it?

So Russ, did you ever go back and repeat your Speed of Leather testpiece?

Social climber
So Cal
Jun 11, 2005 - 09:34pm PT
I remember hearing the term used for knee scabs by surfers in the 60's. Probable origin as there was plenty of cross polination between the surfing and climbing communities in the 70's.

Jun 11, 2005 - 10:03pm PT
Found this in cyberspace..."Actually you may be surprised but the actual origin of the word is from the Persian/Urdu/Hindi word 'Gobi' which literally means Cauliflower. The scabs resemble cauliflowers and even today any manual work that causes scabs is referred to as growing 'gobis' by the natives."

Btw, Gobi Wall on the Sentinel was done by Chuck Pratt and Ken Boche in '69.


Trad climber
So. Cal.
Jun 12, 2005 - 12:47am PT
You found that in cyberspace?
Don't you know you can't believe anything you read on the internet! Including this!

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Jun 12, 2005 - 03:48pm PT
I can vouch for ghobi being cauliflower in Hindi. Seems a reasonable explanation. Imagine a climber with nasty hand wounds stopping by a store in Yuba City back from yosemite climbing, someone nods somberly and points "ghobi".

Trad climber
Jun 12, 2005 - 05:54pm PT
Except that California was still mostly lily white back then and the chance of some hindi seeing climber's gobies was pretty remote.

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Jun 13, 2005 - 02:35am PT
Hindi-speaking (and Punjabi, Urdu speaking) folks in decent numbers predate modern climbing history in California (and more in the areas that approach climbing destinations):

Only back then they worked on railroads and agriculture rather than high-tech. And Ghobi is one of the staple foods (I eat it myself quite frequently). I can ask around old folks to see if they call hand wounds "Ghobi"
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