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can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jul 4, 2006 - 10:02pm PT
ok here's another of John, sort of surfin the Stem-Gem

bachar

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Jul 4, 2006 - 10:59pm PT
Yabo with the derby....I remember that sheet. Cool. How come Bullwinkle don't surf - he can swim OK...As long as he don't surf, that means he's giving you permission to post his shots (I think).
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jul 4, 2006 - 11:09pm PT
Yah,
That's it JB.
Happy 4th!

Anastasia

Trad climber
Near a mountain, CA
Jul 6, 2006 - 10:44pm PT
More Yabo please!
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Jul 7, 2006 - 01:41am PT
I know, you've seen it before.


Here he is, on three hits of acid!

Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2006 - 04:22pm PT
I just found another of Yabo topping out.


Ken
Anastasia

Trad climber
Near a mountain, CA
Jul 14, 2006 - 04:26pm PT
Look at those legs work! Thanks for the pictures!
ChrisW

Trad climber
boulder, co
Jul 14, 2006 - 07:12pm PT
In 1990, 91 or so there was, "YABO LIVES" sprayed Painted in BIG LETTERS on several overpass in Boulder. One Overpass I specificly remmeber was on Baseline and Highway 36. What was up with that? There might have been a article on him in a mag around that time, but I am not sure? Maybe that was on Derek?
Was this around the time he commited Suicide?
Wonder

climber
WA
Jul 14, 2006 - 09:06pm PT
Im sorry Ken but he's not topping out yet. one more move into the mantle.
deuce4

Big Wall climber
the Southwest
Jul 14, 2006 - 09:30pm PT
We (A5 Adventures) sponsored Yabo's $100 entry fee for a climbing competition sometime in the late 80's or early 90's when he was living in Santa Cruz; in exchange he wore one of our big wall t-shirts during the event.

We were the only company who sponsored him, he told me, though he knocked on a few doors. It seemed pretty funny to me for a big wall company to be sponsoring someone in a plastic hold contest, but how could I say no to Yabo?

I didn't see the contest, but I was confident he would put on a good show, I'm sure he did.

Yabo always exuded sheer intensity, even when hanging out in a parking lot.

(that's my old VW van in one of Blitzo's photos above)
EDIT: oops, it's one of Roy-boy's pictures (Tarbuster).
Blitzo

Social climber
Earth
Jul 14, 2006 - 11:26pm PT
Your high Deucey, I didn't take that photo with your van in it!

I remember the spray painted "Yabo Lives" in Boulder. I wanted to photograph it, but it was hard to stop. I wish I had!

Is that Rod McFrenzy by Deucey's van?
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Jul 15, 2006 - 03:01am PT
The Bird
-both of them
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Jul 15, 2006 - 03:16am PT
Bingo-Bridwell!
the other one is Charlie Parker

I was trying to think of single word nickname that immediatly identified people and all I cam up with were
Babar,
Tarzan,
Jane
but those were their 'real' names.

Sting, and Cheeta, I guess (though cheeta Is his real name I bet it's not what his parents called him)
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jul 15, 2006 - 11:32am PT
Per the "Yabo Lives" graffiti:
That was the guys from Rad Wall,
When they were building the first Boulder Rock Club, they went around doing those as a posthumous tribute.

Mittendorf:
That's my picture of Yab with your van; taken the day in camp 4 lot when Charles was bolt testing. Werner's Le Mans was used to force test the bolts.

Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jul 15, 2006 - 12:38pm PT
Lois,
I think he just looks different due to the time periods.
You are looking at a spread from the 70's to the mid 80's.

I wrote my shot was telling, maybe more to me because I have the experience with him, but he looks a bit fetching, a tad insecure, to me, a sort of classic tentative Yabo. As I said jokingly, he probably just wanted a cig!

Sure it's true Yabo is mythic. I must say in the end he was a totally invested athlete and climber who as well suffered heavily and we understood this.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jul 15, 2006 - 12:47pm PT
Lois,
I really think you should look into "The Bird", or Jim Bridwell.
-The guy Jay just referenced.

I scanned a really good interview and posted a querry about sharing it on Ed Hartouni's thread.
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=221441&f=0&b=0

haha!
Yes, Yabo swallowed his fair share of canaries.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Jul 15, 2006 - 12:56pm PT
Like Roy said, those Yabo photos cover range of him as a teenager to age 35. They all seem pretty recognizable if you were used to seeing him around. Think how men's hairstyles varied from '70 to '91.

Okay, I'm cutting Jane loose.
I disagree about birdland, though. Certainly more people in the world would recognize 'The Bird,' as Charlie Parker than could name Any, climber.

Sting, the rock n roll guy from the Police. When you said Cher I thought of him.

I forgot that Tarzan is Lord Greystoke's nickname.

Cheetah just had his 74th birthday. He lives in an animal park somewhere. He has diabetes, so they made him a sugarfree cake. He is in the Guiness books as the world's oldest chimp.
Wonder

climber
WA
Jul 15, 2006 - 01:16pm PT
I sortta remember a story he once told me about falling while freesoloing. He fell into a tree and grabbed a branch which lowered him to the ground without a scrach. Does anyone else know this story? I think it was at Suicide Rock, but my memory really sucks.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Jul 15, 2006 - 01:41pm PT
Short Circuit?
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand, Man.....
Jul 15, 2006 - 01:51pm PT
Did the NA with Yabo and Lechlinski..... HO MAAAAN!!!!!!!!!!

I'll dig up some pics. Classic was when he would not lead "the most exposed pitch in North America" without his Spiderman shirt... after the bags were packed he told us this.... had to get him the shirt.....
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