The Beautiful Ways Supertopo Changed Your Life


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Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
May 17, 2019 - 11:21pm PT
Met Mark Hudon here and he has become a close and dear friend and we have shared many adventures since.

Met some amazing fly fisherman and have met them on various rivers and lakes for some big fish and fun times.

Wrote over 25 trip reports and it really was a great venue for me to scratch my writing itch and share the stoke for many of my silly adventures

Held my first ever climbing festival BALCHFEST 2013 and made some fantastic friends around the campfire after a hard day of climbing. I still have my T-shirt.

Thinking about starting a Facebook Supertopo Refugees Group if anybody is interested in trying to stay together for a short while until some other platform has figured out.

Thanks for starting this thread Cleo. Itís been nice seeing how this place has generated a unique community and lots of great memories.


Trad climber
May 17, 2019 - 11:59pm PT
^^^ hahaha micronut, sign me up! I also started a public group called "supertopo refugees" on Facebook a few days ago... I think I stuck Jaybro in it because I needed to pick at least one other person to get it started... and then I had second thoughts and didn't follow up with promoting it. I did join the supertopo campfire group from L. We'll see which one if any of them stick.

Friends, experiences, advice, support, learning, creative outlet... so many positive changes for me linked to Supertopo.

And secret Santa! I got my favorite T-shirt from that, and actually didn't wear it for a few years because I didn't want to mess it up :D Now it's in regular rotation.


Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 18, 2019 - 01:40am PT
Iíve become close to Max, the Jack Russell wonderdog.
A Essex

May 18, 2019 - 06:29am PT
tiny violin
Tom Patterson

Trad climber
May 18, 2019 - 03:52pm PT
Ghost said:

Tarbuster listed a bunch of gatherings spawned here. To that list I would add one more. It didn't have a big ST thread, and it didn't have any great historical climbing significance, but it sure changed my life for the better.

Not even sure of the date anymore, but definitely more than ten years ago, when Wayno, who was cooking in a Seattle restaurant, decided that it would be A Good Thing to host a Seattle Supertopians dinner. There was some back and forthing, but eventually a bunch of strangers gathered at Angelo's and...

Forgive me if I miss some folks, but among the crowd were Steve Grossman, Mimi DeGravelle, Tom Patterson, Roy Wonder, Dane Burns, Ken Boche...

I know there were others, but from that evening Mari and I began some incredible friendships that are still solid till this day.

Wayno (and Masha), Steve & Mimi, Tom (and Liz, and their son Joseph)... What would my life be without you?

Empty, that's what.

I agree, David. I (we) would have have met you and so many others without ST, and our lives are so much richer for it. Some of my most fairly recent epics involve climbing with you! :-) You've certainly left an indelibly positive mark on our lives, and on Joe's! He cherishes the help you gave him when he was still a high school kid.

And P.S.--to the rest of the readers here: while ST is still up and running...if you haven't read David's book "Deadly Vortex," then what the heck are you waiting for? Great adventure, action, drama and intrigue, written by a guy who actually knows how to write like a climber.

And P.P.S.--David, when you guys are back down this way, always know that you have free Seattle digs with us in a legit guestroom! Definitely take us up on that!!

Social climber
CHC, en zed
May 18, 2019 - 04:42pm PT

Cleo and I had our wedding at Tioga Lake and our reception at the Tuolumne group campsites, but we housed her folks at Tioga Resort. My mom didn't want to sleep that high so we had her stay in Lee Vining.


Social climber
wherever you go, there you are
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2019 - 04:44pm PT
Lynne! Yes we did stay at TPR! Thank you for your help with that. I still have the little cross you gave me as a good luck charm in my overnight bag

Social climber
CHC, en zed
May 18, 2019 - 04:48pm PT
Besides Cleo, I found Nature on here and went to a couple of SushiFests! I even got a t-shirt around somewhere.
Zip was there too

Social climber
Wilds of New Mexico
May 18, 2019 - 05:04pm PT
Some fun meet ups, climbing partners, lots of laughs while toiling at the office, amazing photos and stories, a few face lifts, occasional disgust, a fun way to connect with the climbing community. Bummer it's going away!

Big Wall climber
May 18, 2019 - 05:41pm PT
my supertopo highlight was to meet and greet famed utopian crimper girl. ss

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
May 18, 2019 - 07:07pm PT
The Big Walls Book fueled my dreams and sometime even informed actual climbs for years. I literally wore out my copy of the original version, and when I posted about it here, Chris sent me a freshie. :-)

So grateful for the folks I've met...many via the BAWC Wide Wednesdays and their variants. It's been a long time for most of you, and I miss seeing you.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 18, 2019 - 07:36pm PT
OK, thought so. It was another TPR happening. Cleo and Phil so glad to have been there with the wedding party at nearly 10,000 ft.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
May 18, 2019 - 07:56pm PT
This is really the only forum on the entire WWW I have posted on and read semi-regularly. Getting to hear stories and to interact with the folks who defined Yosemite climbing for three generations or more has been a real privilege and a lot of fun. Thanks to many of you who shared history, your adventures and your thoughts (and old Martin guitar collections!).

best wishes to you folks whom I have only known through the forum and will lose contact with in the future.

Mike Bolte

The Good Places
May 18, 2019 - 08:02pm PT
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 18, 2019 - 08:05pm PT
Mike Bolte and his young daughter and son came in for years to have a pre climbing breakfast at Tioga Pass Resort. Some where I have the pictures to prove it. Then about a year ? ago I find out his son sended the Bachar/Yerian. Wow!

Social climber
May 18, 2019 - 09:22pm PT
hey there say, cleo and all...

the most beautiful ways, supertopo changed my life:

it made my christmas card list, FULL AND rich-of-friends...

not only for the holiday, but, EACH day, there are those that i
share with, and, we exchange life, hopes, and encouragement...

and-- i have LEARNED SO MUCH about climbs, and far-away-places, and
history of well-known-climbers that i otherwise would NEVER have heard of...

and-- i loved hearing all the YOSEMITE stuff!

friends are TREASURES... my treasure chest is so full, and
they have stood the test of time...

thank you friends, for opening your hearts, and being part of my
life, when i was 'first here' ...

*i will NOT forget to keep sending paintings, dreamcatchers, or,
earrings, etc, or-- SOCKS... throughout the years to come...

SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, Bozeman, the ocean, or ?
May 18, 2019 - 09:31pm PT
Iím so gonna miss the doggies, the incredible Happie adventures, the never-forget-a-birthday Neebs and cherishing the wonderful soul and heart of Lynnie.

FaceLift will be like a long lost reunion.

Bon Voyage one and all. Itís been a wild ride.


Social climber
May 18, 2019 - 09:37pm PT
hey there, susan! (seagoat)

i will never forget that great visit, at the restaurant,
when you joined up, with me and the climbers that i had
time to invite (local), after my daddy's memorial...

thank you for being there!

Social climber
May 18, 2019 - 09:46pm PT
hey there, say, thebravecowboy...

still have this one on hold... and a few more paintings too for
other taco-folks...

been extra busy, from my local friend, 96, helping her...
and, new side yard-- leaves, then winter upkeep, and now spring,
oh my, :)

but here is the other one, backgroud ONLY is done, not the painting, yet...

SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, Bozeman, the ocean, or ?
May 18, 2019 - 09:59pm PT
That was a fun time Neebs. We even got Michelle out!

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