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5 Ways to Support SuperTopo

Wednesday August 21, 2013 1:13am


Thanks for your help in keeping the virtual campfire here at SuperTopo aflame. Here are 5 ways you can help us fund the site:

1) Share your climbing adventures, wisdom and humor
By far the best best way to support SuperTopo is to share your own awesome climbing and life adventures. Your climbing-related posts are what keep people coming here, which creates traffic, which in turn allows us to fund the site with ads (see #3 below). Got an awesome Trip Report? Got some key Route Beta? Or just some great stories to share on The Forum that educate, inspire or humor? If you have field-tested outdoor gear, please review it on our sister site OutdoorGearLab. See some outdated info on one of our Climbing Area Pages? Click on the "Let us know" link at the bottom of every page so we can fix it.

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2) Buy one of our climbing books
We put a ton of effort to make the best climbing climbing books we can. Buy one! Or, the whole collection. Our books also make great gifts (click on the "Let Us Know" link at the bottom of every page if you want a personal message written in a signed guidebook). In the wise words of my brother Kevin, "SuperTopo books are great bathroom reading for the non-climber." For bonus points, if you see our guidebooks are out of stock at your local store, let us know. If they then order, you get a free book! View the Guidebook Store or Get a Free Sample

3) Support our Advertisers
Support the great companies that support us. These are the companies that keep the site alive: they throw another log on the virtual camp fire that is SuperTopo. See our sponsors

4) Help us spread the word about our sister site OutdoorGearLab
As many of you know, in July 2011, we moved the SuperTopo gear review section to it's own site, OutdoorGearLab. OutdoorGearLab seeks to provide the world's best reviews of outdoor gear, from climbing to camping. Take advantage of our reviews, and help us spread the word about our sister site by telling your friends about OutdoorGearLab.

Thank you again for your support!

Chris McNamara
Founder

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Chris McNamara
About the Author
Climbing Magazine once computed that three percent of Chris McNamara’s life on Earth had been spent on the face of El Capitan—an accomplishment that left friends and family pondering Chris’s sanity. He has climbed El Capitan more than 70 times and holds nine big wall speed climbing records. In 1998 Chris did the first Girdle Traverse of El Capitan, an epic 75-pitch route that begs the question, “Why?”

Outside Magazine called Chris one of “the world’s finest aid climbers.” He is the winner of the 1999 Bates Award from the American Alpine Club and founder of the American Safe Climbing Association, a nonprofit group that has replaced over 5000 dangerous anchor bolts. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and serves on the board of the ASCA and the Rowell Legacy Committee. He has a rarely updated adventure journal, maintains BASEjumpingmovies.com, and also runs a Lake Tahoe home rental business.

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Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Author's Reply  Mar 9, 2012 - 01:28pm PT
Just added a video to this article. Sorry for all the random arm waving in the video. Guess I was nervous. And man, i still use a lot of "uhhhs." Won't be getting a TV career anytime soon. Anyways. thanks in advance for the support!
le_bruce

climber
Oakland, CA
  Mar 9, 2012 - 01:23pm PT

1 + 2, do these when I can.
3, 4, 5 - will work on it.

Best climbing site on the web, happy to do what I can to support it. A lot of priceless content here. Cheers for building, and keeping the site what it is.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
  Mar 9, 2012 - 01:24pm PT
All the better speakers wave their arms a lot. Even non-Italians.
Lolli

Mountain climber
...silence, like a cancer grows
  Mar 9, 2012 - 01:30pm PT
I went to the gear lab, but I don't know if I misunderstood how it works. One comments on the items which are there already, doesn't one? (None of the stuff I use is there.)
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Author's Reply  Mar 9, 2012 - 01:34pm PT
Yeah, you can only comment on gear we have listed. Right now that is about 900 products. More is being added all the time. Send me a suggestion of gear you want on there or post here. THX

Thanks Mighty, I'll keep those arms up!
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA/Boulder, CO
  Mar 9, 2012 - 01:54pm PT
Item #6 - start a political thread :-)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
  Mar 9, 2012 - 02:16pm PT
hey there say, chris... can't see the video good, due to dial up for me, ... thanks for posting... enjoyed just catching the beginning...


say, in presentation--and what you noted here, etc, as to your
'style' :) well:

the more you just continue to be your neat ol' self and not get the ol' brain's subconcious all cluttered-up by all the pre-taught antics that:
'make speakers all a clone' of such ways to present stuff, emphasize, and 'reach the audience'

the more natural you will feel (just said THIS as to the nervousness that you mentioned, and the arm-waving, and such--not to say anything against the video showmanship)... :)

say--the VOICE sound great.. good, solid and sincerely YOU, :)

to us--you do great, :)
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
  Mar 9, 2012 - 03:11pm PT
Thanks for the sweet site chris mac!
ncrockclimber

climber
The Desert Oven
  Mar 9, 2012 - 03:43pm PT
Thanks for having a great site and a forum I enjoy. I will continue to support you as you suggested.
Crag Q

Trad climber
Louisville, Colorado
  Mar 10, 2012 - 09:20am PT
Chris and crew,

Thanks for all the hard work keeping this resource going!
splitter

Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
  Mar 10, 2012 - 04:36pm PT
"can't see the video good."

not certain what Neebee is alluding to, but each time i have tried(couple yesterday and today)it stops at precisely the same spot("...the giant")and won't further procede! I have WiFi connection, so it could be related to that. Just thought i would letya know in case others are reporting similar probs.

edit: as far as the "uhms", etc. it's a casual setting and presentation and i would imagine somewhat spontaneous. and all of that(along with the armwaving, etc.)give it a more of a personal, spur of the moment, one on one type of encounter/feel to it. very natural and not contrived. also good that your not wearing sunglasses, you obviously sacrificed those to make eye contact, which also helps connect(imo)!! Kudos...
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Mar 10, 2012 - 11:50pm PT
Thanks for all the hard work Chris. I got another TR in the chamber, just need to pull the trigger. Hey, all the video I shoot and make video TRs of are in vimeo. Any chance the forum will ever support video from vimeo? Its so much better/classier/creative than you tube. I would post more good video directly to the forum if that became an option. Thanks.
Scott
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Author's Reply  Mar 14, 2012 - 01:28pm PT
We are getting a more than a few suggestions for Vimeo support so that is on the to do list. But its a big to do list. So not sure exactly when it will happen. Thanks all for the support!
10b4me

climber
  Mar 12, 2014 - 11:56pm PT
Bump
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
  Mar 13, 2014 - 12:09am PT
Chris, Thanks again for this wonderful site. I try to make my contributions valuable, or at least entertaining. And I finally bought some books the other day.

I would not be offended if you offered more items for sale and ran more advertising.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
  Mar 13, 2014 - 11:12am PT
bump

time to buy a book
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
  Mar 13, 2014 - 11:23am PT
The title says five but there are only four things listed? :D

Reminds me of a Star Trek Next Gen where Picard is tortured into saying there are 5 lights instead of the 4 he can see.

Anyway, glad to hellp keep the lights on around here. Keep up the good work.

Its time to institute a user-controlled filter system though. Not subforums, just the ability to filter out off topic, or based on a key word, phrase or poster ID.

All posts still go into the same bucket, so to speak, but each user could ladle out only that which they wish to see.

While I don't know the code base for this bulletin board, such a user-controlled interface is like web service 101 in the business world. Its easy to do, though perhaps tedious. If you're going to open up the code to do other things, this filter system would encourage those who can't stand the 'noise' of the (us) regulars, might be encouraged to return to activity?

Even if not, I would on some days only want to see the climbing stuff, other days, full feed. Now that I think about it you could just have the filter control built into the user interface, so the user would manually select the relevant filters on an as-needed basis. Let the cookies remember it from there.

Cheers and thanks for keeping the hamster wheel spinning.

DMT
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
  Mar 13, 2014 - 11:51am PT
Holy mid-90s flashback DMT! I would probably have gone the rest of my life without thinking about that Picard brainwashing episode, but I be darned if it ain't stuffed in my head.

Bump for the call to post good content. I've got some pictures stewing for some TRs.
moosedrool

climber
lost, far away from Poland
  Mar 13, 2014 - 11:58am PT
When I was injured and bedridden, the Taco was my social circle. I made more friends than enemies too, or so I hope :)

Thank you Chris!

Andrzej Citkowicz
Fish Finder

Social climber
  Mar 13, 2014 - 12:40pm PT
Lets not forget that by just taking a moment and clicking on a banner add helps out to support this site



"
Its time to institute a user-controlled filter system though. Not subforums, just the ability to filter out off topic, or based on a key word, phrase or poster ID.

All posts still go into the same bucket, so to speak, but each user could ladle out only that which they wish to see.

While I don't know the code base for this bulletin board, such a user-controlled interface is like web service 101 in the business world. Its easy to do, though perhaps tedious. If you're going to open up the code to do other things, this filter system would encourage those who can't stand the 'noise' of the (us) regulars, might be encouraged to return to activity?

Even if not, I would on some days only want to see the climbing stuff, other days, full feed. Now that I think about it you could just have the filter control built into the user interface, so the user would manually select the relevant filters on an as-needed basis. Let the cookies remember it from there. "


Hey Dingus

filter yourself!
Gunkie

Trad climber
East Coast US
  Mar 13, 2014 - 02:09pm PT
Time to start clicking some ads.
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