Should I let my son have a supertopo account?

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mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 17, 2013 - 09:25pm PT
Kinda seems like a bad idea but here is the story.

To prod him on a little several years ago I sorta told him he could have a supertopo account if he climbed Devil's Tower. In March we went over to the tower on a really nice day and he got past the crux second pitch and still wanted to go for it. We had been climbing with a friend of mine and his son up to that point, but they were not continuing to the top and Jack still wantd to continue He knew he had gotten through the most sustained part, but it also just be him and I from that point forward. He stuck with it but almost had a meltdown when pulling over the chockstone choked chimney on the fifth pitch. He then struggled to get past the jump traverse but did it with the help of a nice canadian couple to give him a much better belay past a very exposed traversing move that may be closer to 5.9 than the 5.5 they give the last rated pitch. We then did two more pitches to the top via the 3rd class chimney and finally summited. After we did the four long raps to get off he was Needless to say very tired, but very ecxited at the same time. Nothing had come up about ST since as I had thought that he had forgotten about it.

Since, that is, until last week. Then he hit me up for it.



So I start thinking there are pros and cons:

Pros:
He is a pretty good writer.
He is a voratious reader and has been reading tons of climbing lititure.
It would be an educational benifit to him as he would practice his typing.
He can spell better than me.
He would be more motivated to climb and get involved in the climbing culture.
Through using my account he has had conversations with John Gill.

Cons:
Could be investigated by social services.
He will continue to camp in the yard in January.
There seems to be some interesting dudes on here.
He would be more motivated to climb and get involved in the climbing culture.
He knows who Locker is.
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Jan 17, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
Does he like boobs? If so sign 'em up.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jan 17, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
He's Gunna Die!
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 17, 2013 - 09:33pm PT
How old is he?

He will do it anyway if he wants.

Voraciously speaking, I would do the same.
toadgas

Trad climber
los angeles
Jan 17, 2013 - 09:49pm PT
There seems to be some interesting dudes on here

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http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzop93WsW21r3jo7vo1_400.jpg





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Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jan 17, 2013 - 09:50pm PT
I can teach him how to make a good martini.

What's the worst that could happen?
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 17, 2013 - 09:52pm PT
Credit: nature

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The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Jan 17, 2013 - 09:54pm PT
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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 17, 2013 - 10:02pm PT
Is he a Young Republican?
Malemute

Ice climber
the ghost
Jan 17, 2013 - 10:22pm PT
Nah, supertopo pales in comparison to sex drugs and rock & roll.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Jan 17, 2013 - 10:23pm PT
This place is pretty rowdy, but pretty tame compared to the rest of the Internet...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 17, 2013 - 10:43pm PT
WTF, do you consider him a good pal, a comrade, a fellow degenerate like yourself, or is he a lesser being?

I am kind of ranked by your trepidation, but I like it!

At the same time you have the good judgement to seek our advice, and I question that...

It's not the Mickey Mouse Club, nor is it the Running, Jumping, STanding STill Say Hey There Day Care.

What would Sergeant Friday say?
Credit: mouse from merced
ST's a shithole, but at least they let ya protect and serve and post drunk on the Sabbath eve!





Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jan 17, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
what would Officer Krupke say?
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Jan 17, 2013 - 10:59pm PT
Compared to the alternative of: breaking your promise and demonstrating that it's acceptable to make fake promises and renig on your word?

I'd say the SuperTopo account is the lesser of the two evils. No doubt, keeping the account is subject to good behavior, so what's really the risk?

If you can revoke it upon bad behavior, you will. If you cannot, then you have no power to keep him from having an account in the first place.

And either way, you can't keep him from reading what people post here.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Jan 17, 2013 - 11:02pm PT
I'm guessing he already has an account and hasen't told you. Mighta been LEB for all we know.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jan 17, 2013 - 11:05pm PT
I was tending toward "yes" because it was part of the deal...
...until the 'mooseknuckle' thread appeared... now I'm thinking it would be better for him to not to have parental approval...

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Jan 17, 2013 - 11:11pm PT
Stzzo is right. Unless you stop him from using the computer, he can still read everything here... Why not let him contribute?
QITNL

climber
Jan 17, 2013 - 11:17pm PT
Depends on the kid. Tell us more about him. This might be your last chance to talk behind his back.

Or maybe not.
locker

Social climber
state of Kumbaya...
Jan 17, 2013 - 11:25pm PT


Tony would know the answer...

Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Jan 17, 2013 - 11:29pm PT
might he be offput by head size?

RIP Englebert Humperdick.
RIP Englebert Humperdick.
Credit: Mel Tormented
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