Be honest, have you ever posted on a climbing TR?


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Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 29, 2012 - 11:26am PT
Last I heard, this was a climber's forum. On the front page are currently several really excellent climbing trip reports......just what this forum should be about. They won't stay there long because most here don't post on them.
Political and religious threads get thousands of about a movement to support the really good work people put into climbing trip reports!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 29, 2012 - 11:37am PT
I respond... but I feel my best response is to reciprocate by putting up more of my own Trip Reports...

acknowledging a TR can be an exercise in trite politeness... but it is essential in this Forum format for keeping the TR on or near the "front page"

Here is a heartfelt question about "why write a TR" I wrote 6 years ago...

Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Oct 29, 2012 - 11:38am PT

Trad climber
Oct 29, 2012 - 11:41am PT
I am in.

Oct 29, 2012 - 11:42am PT
Big thumbs up.

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Oct 29, 2012 - 11:45am PT
I try to reply to most TRs because I really do appreciate them. All of them regardless the climb involved. From buildering to Baffin Island. Something done 50 years ago or yesterday. It really is one of the best things about the Taco.

Plus I know people like getting a little acknowledgement for their effort.

It can seem repetitive to keep basically saying TFPU. I try to find something I like most in the TR to comment on. It's worthwhile I think.

One point though.... Supertopo is in my mind the Virtual Campfire.. It all belongs just like the conversations that have gone on around campfires for millennia. Climbing should be the core and It's definitely good to keep the climbing content bumped

Ice climber
dingy room at the Happy boulders hotel
Oct 29, 2012 - 11:49am PT
I wrote a tr once, but only got five responses. I will be writing a new one after this coming weekends trip
Jebus H Bomz

Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Oct 29, 2012 - 11:49am PT
Yup, I bump 'em. Not every one of them. But I'm not getting paid either.

One of the big differences is people will search routes they are interested in and bump a TR way down the line. Hardly anybody is going to search out some trite soap opera of a politard thread and bump it later unless they are going to say something like hey, remember fattrad, look at this idiotic thing he said way back when....

Around a major election, it is not that surprising to see more of these pointless political gems either. Some, like Yosemite 5.9, appear to make a thread out of every piece of propaganda he receives in his inbox.

Social climber
Oct 29, 2012 - 11:50am PT
NO Dr. F, there ISN'T.

19,988 to go....

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 29, 2012 - 11:51am PT
Talking about climbing is like talking about......................................................the weather.
But I like to talk about that too.

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Oct 29, 2012 - 11:55am PT
Yes. And I have contributed a couple of trip reports, even when the trip didn't go so well. I am far from the cutting edge and know that people aren't really interested in my little adventures. But I do obsessively read any trip report about a climb that I am planning on, especially when travel to the climb is involved. For those once in a lifetime or decade climbs, the trip reports are very helpful in preparation. For someone with very limited abilities, every climb is an adventure, even with lots of preparation.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Oct 29, 2012 - 11:56am PT
I gradually but steadily reduced my diet of political and religious threads, mostly now just to mock.

Mock them I tell you. If you see one of them in the grocery mock them upside the head.


Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 29, 2012 - 11:56am PT
Trip reports are by far my favorite reading. They share excitement, enthusiasm, and some, how to get up and do it again when you've been knocked senseless.

Many of the TRs are way above my pay grade so I usually do not comment on the technical aspect, or have the same experience to respond with "oh, man, isn't that 7th pitch a kicker"....but I always try to express my gratitutde in having vicariously enjoyed a rollicking good time.

I equally enjoy the TRs that are about other adventures in the grand scheme of living life well and enjoying it.

TRs take alot of time to post, the narrative and sorting out the pics. Thanks much to those of you that brigten my day!


The Granite State.
Oct 29, 2012 - 12:02pm PT
I've posted TR's.

Not much climbing lately, busted knee dislocates when I torque it wrong.

I'll post more TR's when I'm comfortable tweaking my right leg in ways that allow for climbing worthy of a Trip Report.

Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Oct 29, 2012 - 12:05pm PT
How many ways can you say "Awesome. TFPU!"

How many times can you stand to read "That was great. Thanks"

If I need a TR, they're below the forum list (See "Recent Trip Report and Articles"). It's a climbers forum, not a climbing forum. Pff.

If I need some retarded nonsense, I'll scan the forums. It's a climbers forum, not a climbing forum. Pff.

If I need videos of cute kittens, I'll go to YouTube. Pff.

Big Wall climber
El Portal/Chapel Hill
Oct 29, 2012 - 12:05pm PT
As a non-contributor to the political threads, I believe TRs are the best part of this forum. I try to reply to every one I read, even if all I am saying is "KUDOS". Having people reply to your TR feels good, and to see it get buried in a bunch of non-climbing threads feels lame.

We should encourage to writers of TR's to keep doing what they do because it is WAY more in keeping with the spirit of a CLIMBING forum than endlessly debating whether Republicans are wrong about everything.

A long way from where I started
Oct 29, 2012 - 12:07pm PT
Yes, I've posted TRs. And yes, I comment on other folks' TRs. But not all TRs are great, and if TRs were the only content on ST, then ST would die virtually overnight.

The hard-core political & religious threads are pretty stupid, but there are hundreds of threads about other things -- everything from aviation to zoology -- many of which are interesting and fun.

As Dingus said, it's fun to occasionally drop in on the politard-fests and poke the anthill with a stick (the ants then scurry around in ever-so-predictable circles), but I wouldn't miss them if they were gone. I would miss the rest, though.

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Oct 29, 2012 - 12:14pm PT
I've posted a few

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Oct 29, 2012 - 12:14pm PT
Yes, but not very often, although i do read many of them.
They do get read... The replies to the trip reports can be low, but the view numbers are usually high.

edit :ydpl8s.. ppffff....what ever...

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Oct 29, 2012 - 12:15pm PT
Ghost and I like to talk about the merits of various Green Chile, of which I have a large fresh stash inbound from a secret location between AZ,TX and CO........

Credit: survival
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