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Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 16, 2009 - 06:47pm PT
The 2008 SuperTopo Charity Auctions raised over $10,000 for climbing non-profits and Central Asia Institute. In 2009, as you can imagine, has been much harder to get to that number.

BUT, that wont stop me from trying with one last auction for 2009 with all the proceeds benefiting the Access Fund

This auction features:
 Belay Devices: ATC XP, Verso, VC Pro II
 Helmets: Altios, Half Dome, Armour
 My A5 gear sling (starting at $90 because it won't be easy to part with)
 Some aiders
 A Black Diamond shirt
 A marmot hat
 An old North Face Jacket
 SuperTopo Seconds books signed by me.
 All these items start bidding at $0.90 but you can also "Buy It Now" if you want to get one of the items as a present. 100% of proceeds goes to the Access Fund (I only keep the shipping costs and charge what it costs me to ship).

HERE IS THE CURRENT AUCTION: http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/supertopo7

Check it out!

THE BASIC IDEA (that i hope more people will emulate)
1) I grab all slightly blemished books return by book stores AND all the stuff from my garage I have not used in a year
2) list items on eBay
3) the auction for the item is then promoted on SuperTopo
4) 100% proceeds go to non-profits

WHO BENEFITS:

1) NON-PROFITS: 100% of proceeds goes to the non profits (in this case The Access Fund)
2) YOU - you get a good deal on gear while feeling good that 100% of your purchase goes to a good cause.
3) THE EARTH - idle stuff is being put back to use (supports reuse economy)
4) ME - I de-clutter my life and get rid of extra books and extra gear donated by companies for gear reviews

In 2008 SuperTopo members raised the following
$5000 for Central Asia Institue match by $5000 from Rowell Award
$500 for Yosemite Climbing Assn
$2500 for Access Fund
$250 for CRAGS
$100 for Kismet Rock Foundation
$100 for Kumbu Climbing School
$25 for South Eastern Climbers Coalition
$10 for Gunks Climbers' Coalition Rescue

Thank you everyone who has bid on auctions!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Dec 16, 2009 - 07:17pm PT
"My A5 gear sling"

Chris! NOOOOOOOOooooooooo!!!!

that's like Unobtainium!

steal at that price
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 17, 2009 - 09:23am PT
bump for chris' benefit auction
gimmeslack

Trad climber
VA
Dec 17, 2009 - 10:34am PT
RESPECT to you for stepping up to support what are all essential causes imho ;-)
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 17, 2009 - 11:31am PT
yeah, I maybe should not have listed that gear sling. too late now. whoever wins it better climb el cap a LOT with it. maybe it could get a record for most ascents of el cap. though steve gerberdings gear sling probably has double the ascents. here it is on the shield speed ascent
Chris McNamara leading high on the Shield
Chris McNamara leading high on the Shield
Credit: Corey Rich
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 17, 2009 - 12:49pm PT
I posted the auction info to my ClimbAddict Twitter page; others who Twitter should post it up too, and help Chris raise some funds.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 17, 2009 - 02:19pm PT
How come so many helmets?
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 17, 2009 - 02:24pm PT
Maybe Chris has a hat fetish???


(or received them for gear review)

Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 17, 2009 - 02:25pm PT
cuz just got done with the helmet review The companies graciously donated gear for our testing and I assured them i would auction the gear and give it to Access Fund.

By the way, I just added more books as well as

Progression DVD Signed by Tommy Caldwell
Marmot Beanie
A5 Alpine Aider - awesome for Nose in a day
More supertopo books signed by me
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Dec 17, 2009 - 02:26pm PT
Ach!!!

My camo-bump elicited a response even before I could crack wise!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 17, 2009 - 05:38pm PT
Found this thread nearly at the bottom of Page 2 - that's not right!


Also - I have been outbid on an item! Gahhh....Off to up the ante!
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 17, 2009 - 08:48pm PT
I just added some more items

Black Diamond Shirt with El Capitan art by Renan Ozturk
Clog Ascender
6-Step Aider
North Face Venture Jacket
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Dec 17, 2009 - 09:10pm PT
Chris, me thinks that's a lefty clog. That or I'm using mine wrong for many years.

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 18, 2009 - 05:52am PT
hey there, say.... a bump again for ol' chris... :)
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 18, 2009 - 03:19pm PT
That is a lefty! oops. i will update the listing. thanks for catching that
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 18, 2009 - 05:13pm PT
I almost forgot the Zion books!!! Just found them, all 11 that were returned by bookstores. Minor scuffs to outside. Mint inside. Bids start at $.80 or buy it now for 19.

I am shipping books today till 4:30pm so if you order by then your order goes out today!



Here is a link to all the zion book http://tinyurl.com/yjefz5a
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 19, 2009 - 12:17am PT
hey there say, all..... bump for ol' chris....

:)
The Wolf

Trad climber
Martinez, CA
Dec 19, 2009 - 12:03pm PT
bump
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 20, 2009 - 04:40pm PT
This just in, I added some more items, mostly harnesses:


Large Used Stoppers and Nuts

Black Diamond Momentum DS Harness - M-XL

Wild Country Vision Climbing Harness - Large

Metolius Safe Tech All Around Climbing Harness - Medium

Mad Rock Mars Harness - Size Medium

Petzl Hirundos Harness Size Medium

Black Diamond Chaos Harness Size Medium
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 23, 2009 - 09:49am PT
Woah! What was Chris' Benefit Auction doing waaaaay back on Decemebr 20th!!!??


Bump!
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 23, 2009 - 10:32am PT
This auction starts to end today and items continue ending for the next 5 days. There are a bunch of harnesses and other goodies... check em out and help support the Access Fund!

http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/supertopo7
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 23, 2009 - 01:10pm PT
Shameless self bump for the access fund
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 24, 2009 - 12:23am PT
Bump for the auction!!!

I didn't win the two items I had bid on...grrrr.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Dec 24, 2009 - 12:25am PT
Some books going way too cheap.
The proceeds are to benefit climbing.

Bump Chris for being a real leader in so many ways.
climbei

Trad climber
Danville, Ca
Dec 24, 2009 - 05:20pm PT
Chris,

Thank you for this. Bought a RR guide and see it's on the way.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 27, 2009 - 08:31pm PT
Man oh Man - BUMP!

Some of you all must have won an auction by now...maybe help keep this up on the first page with story of your item. or something! Chris is doing good work, and needs our support.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 28, 2009 - 11:00am PT
Thank you everyone who participated! We just raised over $1000!
Fletcher

Trad climber
The beckoning silence
Dec 28, 2009 - 12:46pm PT
This is the first time in a while that I did win anything... but I had fun bumping up items and glad to see another successful auction. This is one of my favorite ST happenings.

Good on you Chris!

Eric
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 28, 2009 - 01:24pm PT
Here is another auction that benefits the Access Fund

http://shop.ebay.com/just_send_it/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=25

Some Camalot C4's and other goodies
JoeSimo

Trad climber
New York
Dec 28, 2009 - 03:20pm PT
Sweet I just picked up a Yosemite Big Walls book.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 28, 2009 - 03:45pm PT
shipping your book right now, joe
JoeSimo

Trad climber
New York
Dec 28, 2009 - 04:11pm PT
Dang! thats what I call service!
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