SuperTopo Forum to shut-down June 1, 2019


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Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 28, 2019 - 07:49pm PT
How about an hour of silence. No one posts. Fitting.

from out where the anecdotes roam
May 28, 2019 - 07:53pm PT
no need to be shy about a sense of equity in this forum. it was OUR content and community of characters that filled empty pages. for the spirit of authorship, book burnings can get a little raw

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
May 28, 2019 - 08:01pm PT
Look,suspicions and rumors existed,folks have different views, thanks RJ and Chris ,you have run a good forum.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
May 28, 2019 - 09:48pm PT
RJ, Look....first, don’t accuse me of having a conspiracy theory....that is in the realm of an ad hominen argument..I just stated that in my long experience in the outdoor industry I have seen “potential litigation” used as a smokescreen on several occasions. I am not accusing you of it but it does make me pause. You certainly did react to my statement.

I thank you for establishing and maintaining an excellent forum but that doesn’t mean I wont express something that gives me slight unease.

Ice climber
May 28, 2019 - 10:17pm PT
write hooblie


a lot has been left unsaid or unwritten

Flip Flop

Earth Planet, Universe
May 28, 2019 - 10:27pm PT
I bet that traffic to the site is up. I bet that our hosts are a little beleaguered.

This too shall pass

Trad climber
May 28, 2019 - 10:33pm PT

The fight is on!!!...

Doc Jimolo vs. Sgt. R-ba-J...

Who will win??? (See below for answer)...



May 29, 2019 - 02:20am PT
Not the dreaded karate chop. There is no fight that a karate chop to the kidney Can't Stop. Throwing a double was just Overkill
Bald Eagle

Trad climber
May 29, 2019 - 03:53am PT
Aaaaww man this properly sucks! :-(

Firstly many thanks Chris and RJ for keeping Supertopo running for 18 years. And also many thanks to a myriad of Supertopoists including Tarbuster, Ezra Ellis, micronut, Bad Climber, Marlow, wingnut, donini, Munge Climber, mouse from merced, Nick Danger, Gnome, the inimitable Reilly and many many more for their ace contributions to the forums over the years and for taking the time to post some kind comments on my wee videos. Anyway I'll try and sign up to one of the new SuperTaco forums once the dust settles and if anyone wants to keep up with my climbing vids (more one armed climbing craziness coming soon) then you can subscribe here:

Happy climbing and positive vibes from across the pond! :-)


Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
May 29, 2019 - 06:46am PT
A thread that I posted a couple of days ago appears to have been deleted by management. It was soberly written and asked the question about the possible benefits the Suoertopo brand might have accrued from the forum keeping it in the public eye. Deletion of the thread seems to me to have been inappropriate.

Leaving for the Black Canyon soon, no internet....goodbye.

climber's near nevada...
May 29, 2019 - 08:16am PT
Well its sad to see it go, but some of us sorta wandered away a while ago...many thanks to everyone here (...and just a couple f*#k you's :-* ) , may you all have a wonderful life (even the FUs)...

No Shoulders No Cry ;-)

May 29, 2019 - 08:36am PT
Though I regret the ST forum will no longer continue, its end is a point from which to look back – and forward.

A century ago, Chris, myself and a bunch of others worked feverishly to carve out the first edition of ST Yo Big Walls, a creative effort which included the ST logo itself. Thanks to RJ’s expertise, the forum and site emerged more or less simultaneously. Early on, the forum had an unregulated registration, but still a good number of experienced voices, Yosemite big wall-centric as they were. The site grew. The rest is the history of the last 15-plus years of ST that you all know.

There never again will be an online gathering place for climbers – particularly wig ballers – like SuperTopo Forum. It was a time as much as an entity, a ripe opportunity for it to flourish.

The view ahead looks pretty much the same, but is no less affirming. I'll be happy to rope up and ride with the usual suspects and maybe more, and glad to still be able to do it, as many of my old buds leave their boots on the shelf.

Cheers to everyone who signed on and signed off. It’s been a consistently great campfire – thanks for that, users, Chris and Randy.


Trad climber
May 29, 2019 - 08:41am PT
I am definitely planning to be online Friday night right up to lights out - which thank god I'm three hours ahead and will be a reasonable 9pm here - and watching the last posts.

I want to thank Chris and RJ for giving us the time to digest the reality that ST is going dark. It reminds me of how, when your beloved pet is terminal and the vet knows you didn't fully grasp this even though from anyone else's eye it was obvious, and that you need time to accept it, so they don't just say "He's dying, put him out of his misery."

Their announcement allowed us time to gather here on the thread and talk it out, make some plans and prepare. It's hard to believe the countdown to the end of participation is coming so soon, but really they have set things up so there WILL be a continuum. The site will still be accessible, and we CAN continue any thread with a link to the beginning part on Supertopo. That's pretty cool.

May 29, 2019 - 08:51am PT

Shall we make this thread the "Who will be the last to post on Supertopo before it closes down"? I suspect I'm in too early to win it. "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride"... Who will get the very last post?

Trad climber
Polebridge, Montana
May 29, 2019 - 09:39am PT
Apogee its all good. Just wanted to point out this was a very successful forum by many definitions. Whether or not it made money is not really for us, the end users, to evaluate or determine just how to apply the accounting methods used, that reveal some kind of financial "bottom line". It's the gems of this forum that made it successful and gave so much of themselves into it.

I certainly do not count myself in that pool; we all know who the good ones were.


May 29, 2019 - 09:55am PT
I am definitely planning to be online Friday night right up to lights out - which thank god I'm three hours ahead and will be a reasonable 9pm here - and watching the last posts.

If you’re on the east coast won’t it actually be 3am there?

May 29, 2019 - 11:48am PT
I'm curious to know was there one specific picture that someone got mad about? Any specific details about what was in the picture and the person that filed the suit? Art work? Someone's likeness? Sued by an individual? Sued by a big company that claims to have copy rights?

This could turn into the perfect crime on other forums. I take a picture. My partner posts the pic on a forum. I sue the forum for having my property on their site. I split the settlement with my partner. Kind of like the arrangement that Clint Eastwood had with Tucos on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Radical Rebirth

Trad climber
May 29, 2019 - 11:57am PT
So it is going dark at exactly 12 AM.

I work that night but hopefully I have time around midnight for a few posts.

Jon Beck

Trad climber
May 29, 2019 - 12:05pm PT
A phuck load of bots and various scripts will be launched at 11:59 and the end of ST will be memorialized as a server crash. Seems fitting

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
May 29, 2019 - 12:12pm PT
Donini nailed it!
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