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deuce4

Big Wall climber
the Southwest
Jul 15, 2006 - 02:39pm PT
Russ, he probably just wanted a good excuse to smoke some more cigs before the lead. Nice ploy, Yabo!
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 15, 2006 - 02:55pm PT
Jay, he did fall onto the tree below Short Circuit.The tree was young and supple enough to catch him and put him back on his feet. I also remember a story of him taking a fall above Mammoth Terraces. He ran it out off the belay a long ways took a fall and his rope went behind a flake and kept him from cratering on a ledge.

Ken
Wonder

climber
WA
Jul 15, 2006 - 03:00pm PT
Alright Ken, thanks, I thought I still had a few little grey cells left.
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Jul 15, 2006 - 05:45pm PT
yeah, Ken that's the way I heard it; he turned and caught the tree under his pits and it bend down depositting him on the ground.

another one I heard was on the good book, he slipped at that place that is always wet. Turned and stuck a landing on that little ledge.


For Lois;
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 15, 2006 - 07:03pm PT
LEB - you have a big Yabo infatuation going on, it suprises me.

Yabo's exploits are legendary, and his complicated life a parable of sorts. Those who knew him have deep personal feelings about him.

Bridwell, however, is one of the greatest US climbers over the last 40 years. He is accomplished not just in Yosemite (though that alone would make him a great climber) but in other areas too: Patagonia, the Alps, Alaska. He mentored a whole generation of climbers. He set the direction of American climbing to a large part. He is the real deal.

If life is an adventure then we all die adventuring... no one escapes. What the totality of that adventure is, the sum, may or may not add up to the image, the legend, the myth. Only time will tell, and usually long after the participants could add anymore to the tales.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jul 15, 2006 - 08:05pm PT
Well put Ed,

A bit OT:

Lois,
Not at all to draw the fire off of Yabo's legacy and special charisma and in kind regard of your interest in these aspects of the man's impact, (I would love to see Walling's recount of the NA Wall along with other memories), but I say that as a student of our culture, Bridwell is worth a look.

The man is still living, dreaming, changing, adapting and climbing. He has withstood the effects of 4+ decades here in this milieu and he has “fathered” the keen strengths in many of us. Your interest in the Stonemaster way of life can be enriched through a contextual appreciation of his contribution.

Back to Yabo...
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jul 15, 2006 - 08:17pm PT
Some random thoughts:

Pele may be the most recognized person in the world, by a name not his own. His proper name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento.

If there are birds involved, someone tell Crimpy.

LEB: If box turtles are shooting you dirty looks, there may be a problem.

It's great to hear all the stories about Yabo. Part of our community and history. Like all climbers from that time, I knew of Yabo, and like most at least stayed in Camp 4 at a time when he was there.

Anders
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jul 15, 2006 - 08:30pm PT
Hah!
Anders you are great.
I think my beer glass is shooting dirty looks at me...
Mimi

Trad climber
Seattle
Jul 15, 2006 - 08:42pm PT
For the record, I have to ask this question. Does the fact that Bridwell commonly chiseled have an impact on his legacy?
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jul 15, 2006 - 08:49pm PT
my guess mimi:
his chisel shot dirty looks at him, but those snears were no match for his overall positive impact and leadership.
Mimi

Trad climber
Seattle
Jul 15, 2006 - 08:55pm PT
Yep, just checking.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jul 15, 2006 - 09:13pm PT
agreed Lois,
except that most of the tales of Yabo are not overstated!
hehehe...
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jul 15, 2006 - 09:29pm PT
Other famous (notorious) names, although they may not be the sort that LEB had in mind:

Stalin: Josip Vissarionovich Djugashvili

Lenin: Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov

Pol Pot: Saloth Sar

This isn't looking good. Can you tell I studied history?

Andesr
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Jul 15, 2006 - 09:37pm PT
Can you be said to have rapport with someone you never met?

I can't help thinking you are assigning traits from your friend to Yabo, which admitadly sounds possibly aproppriate, though they were distinct people.

What sit down start manuver was named after Yabo? Never heard that one. Now as a verb...
Chicken Skinner

Trad climber
Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 15, 2006 - 09:51pm PT
Remember Survival of the Fittest? Yabo was well in front on the downhill talus run. He made a wrong turn and I believe he came in second anyway. The winner was asked who was his biggest worry during the race. The winner says that guy and points. The cameraman pans to a gasping and panting Yabo laying down and writhing in the dirt.

Ken
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jul 15, 2006 - 09:56pm PT
The "Yabo Start" Jaybro: I do remember that as a, um, noun, or is it a transitive, shite...
Remembers yous dads, this was an era when Dale popularized the cheatstone and I know that Yabo had his way of lengthening problems...
WBraun

climber
Jul 15, 2006 - 10:02pm PT
Well Yabo came out of the water to the rope net climb and stopped right in front of me. Four guys pass him. Before those guys passed him I tell Yabo, "Go Yabo Go"

He was cooked. He kept repeating what I just told him. "Go Yabo Go" over and over again until those guys passed him.

Then he finally took off again. But!

It was over for him by then. He was done. The survival run is a very tuff event. It requires a real toughness.

Even navy seals and army rangers eat sh#t in that event.

Climbers always come out on top in that event.
Anastasia

Trad climber
Near a mountain, CA
Jul 15, 2006 - 10:03pm PT
Most boulders in Stoney have Yabo starts. Also let us not forget the Yarbo dyno at boulder one. If you can catch yourself on that little crystal, you have to respect the man.
Wonder

climber
WA
Jul 15, 2006 - 10:11pm PT
except that most of the tales of Yabo are not overstated!

I will personally attest to this statement.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jul 15, 2006 - 10:14pm PT
we like you too lois.
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