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Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 20, 2017 - 09:07am PT
Well, the secretís out: my dad, who edits the SuperTopo books, spent much of the last decade in prison.

To be clear, it was voluntary.

Check out this great piece about his work with the San Quentin News: https://paw.princeton.edu/article/altruist

I'll admit, I was a little surprised when my dad went to prison. Why put your energy there?

Two reasons: Prisons currently make criminals better criminals. So when they get out, as 90% of criminals do, almost the same percentage commits another crime and goes back in. Itís an endless cycle.

The San Quentin News, and the Forums between DAís and prisoners, are significant steps to break that cycle.

The second reason: my dad canít help being an editor. Without his guidance, I would have never published the 20 SuperTopo books or the 1000ís of reviews on OutdoorGearLab and TechGearLab. As this article confirms, he canít help but share his passion for writing and publishing. He gives people confidence and skills they never had.

I couldnít be more proud, Dad.

Credit: Chris McNamara
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:14am PT
This is fantastic!!

Giving back to others is what it's all about.

Mega-kudos.
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:15am PT
Man, that's super cool!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:17am PT
Kudos, dad!
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:20am PT
Walking the talk, that is super cool! You come from fine stock, Chris. Kudos to your dad.
-Nick
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:22am PT
At first I thought they had caught Fattrad.

Good to hear it's something equally inspiring.
Norton

Social climber
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:26am PT
what a truly great father, Chris !!!
Cragar

climber
MSLA - MT
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:31am PT
Just plain awesome, like 5.15d awesome!!

We NEED more people like him.

Thanks for the proudness post, makes my day!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:32am PT
Thumbs up for that.

And regarding the jacket he's wearing, I guess if he chooses to wear it, then it gets the "Editor's Choice" award, right?
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:34am PT
Very cool, thanks!

DMT
brotherbbock

climber
Alta Loma, CA
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:44am PT
San Quentin may you rot and burn in hell!.....May your walls fall and may I live to tell!
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:52am PT
I applaud your dad's writing love and more so because of where he chooses to to work.
kingtut

Social climber
carmel, ca
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:56am PT
Super Stoked for you and your Dad.
BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:59am PT
Totally cool!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 20, 2017 - 10:00am PT
Three cheers for your father!!!

Lots of good work and lasting results can come from influencing often young people with a lot of time on their hands to think about doing thing differently. Bravo for not giving up on them and meeting that challenge in a personal and direct way.
Tom Bruskotter

Trad climber
Seattle
Mar 20, 2017 - 10:04am PT
To this point:
"Prisons currently make criminals better criminals"

Back in the day, my brothers had a friend who was a drug dealer. He went to prison for 2 years on a weapons charge. When he got out, he said he "learned so much". He called prison a "crime college"
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Mar 20, 2017 - 10:05am PT
Very cool Chris. Hat's off to your father.

My wife's first cousin is a great attorney, and worked for prison reform for many years.

My youngest daughter has also taken a serious interest in prison reform. Pretty amazing for 19 years old.
Gilroy

Social climber
Bolderado
Mar 20, 2017 - 10:15am PT
Fighting recidivism at every turn of phrase. Good stuff! Really good stuff!!!

TFPU
Friend

climber
Mar 20, 2017 - 10:15am PT
Excellent. And great thread title. Sucked me right in - good editing :)
Mike.

climber
Mar 20, 2017 - 10:20am PT
Haha! Props to Pa Mac. He's done well all around, I'd say.
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