The Beautiful Ways Supertopo Changed Your Life


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Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
May 19, 2019 - 06:44am PT
Meeting great people, including enduring friends in Bishop, our new home. Be well, one and all.

And check yer knots.

norm larson

wilson, wyoming
May 19, 2019 - 06:58am PT
Not sure it changed my life any, but, it’s been great to interact with climbers my age and older who have seen the change in the climbing scene but who are still getting after it and are not bitter about being the old guys.

Social climber
May 19, 2019 - 07:30am PT
It was fun to have an audience to read and write with.
Climbers are a pretty interesting group- Conquistadors of the useless-Indeed!

Trad climber
Bend, OR
May 19, 2019 - 07:47am PT
I’ve read supertaco almost every night before bed, it has been part of my daily ritual. I hope I can sleep from this point on!

I’ve only posted a handful of times, but each time was very meaningful to me. It was a place to practice my writing, hear from the elders, but also to learn about the myriad perspectives of so many others. What a gift to his site has been.

Interfacing with Perry about Squamish's Perry’s layback was my highlight. And writing about the time I met NJL (the notorious John Long), both those experiences still make me smile when I think of them.

I don’t know but I know most here, but I’ll weirdly enough miss them all.

The Good Places
May 19, 2019 - 08:06am PT
Cool stuff, neebee, to see your work in progress, to see more behind the curtain and into the layers of you labors of love. I am honored that you spend your time making art from my photos of my dog-child.

Trad climber
May 19, 2019 - 08:12am PT
Right on Norm.
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
May 19, 2019 - 09:15am PT
After posting a short TR about an ascent of Pervertical Sanctuary on the Diamond that I did with my friend Michael Haag in '07, Kevin Stricker, from Evergreen CO posted something about it, and I wrote to him. We became fast friends, and set a plan in motion to climb Eroica with his friend Dave Russell, who is now a close friend, as well. We got hailed on after a few pitches and had to climb out on the Casual route to the Forrest Finish. Then the following year the three of us climbed D7. Thanks for those memorable ascents, and truly incredible lifelong friends, Supertopo. And to Dusty Ross for portering for me!
Thanks also to Chris and Randy for hosting this glorious mess for the last 18 years.

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
May 19, 2019 - 11:48am PT
Let's see...

There was the time when I posted this pic of Max the Jack (on "It's a dog's life, maybe?) and Neebee made a wonderful painting from it and sent it to me.

That was pretty special.


Social climber
May 19, 2019 - 12:55pm PT
hey there, say, ksolem... ohhhhhhhhhhhh, i LOVE that photo...

i really love it! he is ONE fine, dog!

happy memories... i wanted to surprise you, and i had such fun, painting that! ...

but now:

oh my-- i have a few more dog and cat photos, half started, too...


some, i will not get to do now, as, when i get ready, the folks won't be around, to ASK them for their address, :(
oh my...


Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
May 19, 2019 - 12:58pm PT
Max the Jack, meet Max the Rat Terrier (your cousin):


Trad climber
Punter, Little Rock
May 19, 2019 - 12:58pm PT
some, i will not get to do now, as, when i get ready, the folks won't be around, to ASK them for their address, :(
oh my...

now is the time. just saying, if there are people you want to keep in touch with, now is the time to ask for contact info.

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
May 19, 2019 - 01:09pm PT
Max the Jack, meet Max the Rat Terrier (your cousin)

Terriers rule.

Max is all grown up now. Quite a character.

I'm gonna miss this place. So much good stuff, so many great posters...

Social climber
Lida Junction
May 21, 2019 - 09:16pm PT
So grateful for the folks I've met

Including Clifbar man?

Big Wall climber
Ridgway CO
May 22, 2019 - 05:11am PT
People on this forum saved me from suicide.
The impact is far more wide ranging than you can imagine.

The real issue here isn’t that somebody doesn’t want to deal with the hassle anymore, it’s that there is a hassle in the first place. As our society collapses, I am shocked at how the younger generations are embracing the ideals of the Nazis. The control of dialog, suppression of free speech, relinquishing personal responsibility in favor of collective control, it all adds up to a dark future of authoritarianism.
Have been involved with 5 forums over the span of the internet. This is the fourth to shut down. Only MP remains, and they are corporate owned and heavily censored.
Even the free speech forum I read has taboo topics, so there is no free speech anymore.

When open dialog ceases, violence will soon follow.

Many say we are headed for “civil war” or “revolution”, we are not. Those actions are organized by groups with a view of a better future for all. Today, we are fractured and self occupied and lack the fortitude to perform such selfless acts.
Without the campfire to connect to our fellow man, everyone is an enemy, a competitor for the limited resources of the Earth.

The problem isn’t a website shutting down, the problem is a society that forces a website to shut down through insidious pressure of legal consequence. Our system had become the enemy of human freedom.

I had fun in the sun, I smelled the roses, I learned how to live in a world that no longer exists.
As the times comes to pass the torch, there are no runners to receive it and the flame is dying.

When I was a kid, we walked on the moon and were masters of the universe. Here was nowhere we could not go if we wanted. Now, we can’t even agree which bathroom to use.

In the past, it was governments that clashed and created wars. Today we lack the cohesive identity to acheieve this in crisis.

To modernize the words of Jesus, “if all you own is a rack of Camalots, sell them, and buy an AR-15.” Or as Krushna implied to Arjuna, the time has come to kill your brother, for he is wicked and has lost the path.

Disagree if you chose, that is a right you enjoy while we sit around the campfire. When the fire goes out, you’d better be ready to defend your beliefs, for violence is enevitable in the evolution of our species. No great conflict was ever permanently settled without violence.

As Supertopo closes the dialog, fellow climbers with different political opinions become less of someone I try to understand and empathize and more a “them”. Remove the common bond and it becomes easier to dehumanize and destroy “them”.

Did that Yo guidebook ever come out, or will supertopo literally die waiting?

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
May 22, 2019 - 05:30am PT
Locker incarnate. Aside from that, I loved the 'real' story told here.

“These walls are funny. First you hate ’em. Then you get used to ’em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That’s institutionalized.” — Red (Shawshank Redemption)

Trad climber
Punter, Little Rock
May 22, 2019 - 07:23am PT
Gotta say BVB's passing was a shocker.

Many friends have passed that were more worthy than I. Sometimes it just doesn't make sense.

May 22, 2019 - 07:33am PT
cleo. . .

I'll never forget this thread. . . it was HILARIOUS!

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
May 22, 2019 - 10:00am PT
Drinking in the living history of climbing from the supertopo is something that likely won't be replicated, and is/was truly special. When you strip away the bs arguments, you find that the climbers here have stoke for each other, no matter if they were pushing the standards of the day, or just weekend warriors.

Long story short, I was able to get a copy of a tv segment on Bachar soloing to John. He lost all that stuff in the fire and nobody seemed to have a copy of it, so I had a dvd burned from the VHS tape. I was trying to get him a venue lined up for his slide show in AK and we were talking about skiing/boarding together. Even though I was barely acquainted with John, I'm still saddened by loosing him.

Gym climber
Great White North
May 22, 2019 - 10:38am PT
I met my best friend through SuperTopo

May 22, 2019 - 01:20pm PT
Crankloon is part of my regular vocab...
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