SuperTopo Forum to shut-down June 1, 2019


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right here, right now
May 17, 2019 - 11:47am PT
Goodbye cruel world! (or perhaps I should say hello ...)
Glad-handing and back slaps all around. It's been fun.

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
May 17, 2019 - 11:48am PT
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Very enjoyable run. Thanks for providing the forum.

Maybe with be brought back from its vegetative state now. Nah.

Mountain climber
Somewhere Fun
May 17, 2019 - 11:49am PT
Thanks for the belay! I met a ton of great people and chatted with many more via this site.

See you all outside!!!!

Trad climber
May 17, 2019 - 11:49am PT
This is really a loss that many people will feel. There's so much historical content on here that cannot be found anywhere else on the web. I learned almost all of my early Yosemite (and elsewhere) climbing history here on ST. Some of the trip reports psyched me up to go places that would not have otherwise been on my radar. I'll miss it.

Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
May 17, 2019 - 12:14pm PT
Sad to hear this news. It's been real. Thanks Chris.

Trad climber
Melbourne, florida
May 17, 2019 - 12:18pm PT
total bummer! thanks for all these years! I was mostly a lurker but enjoyed it. Such a great resource.


Ice climber
May 17, 2019 - 12:21pm PT
Bring back rec.climbing!

Just livin' the dream
May 17, 2019 - 12:32pm PT
Thank you Chris and RJ for creating and maintaining this remarkable site for the last 18 years.

And thank you, Supertopians, for all the humor, the great stories, the even greater photos, and for generally getting in there and mixing it up with life.

It has truly been a wonderful adventure.

Wishing you all the best on whatever path you're following now and in the future.

Off belay.

Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 17, 2019 - 12:35pm PT
kingtut, a reason why pharaoh's no longer exist....:)

Scott McNamara

Tucson, Arizona
May 17, 2019 - 12:37pm PT
Thanks, Chris and RJ!

Thanks for all the years of good stuff.

I am sorry you had to suffer so much bad stuff.


Scott McNamara

Mountain climber
Somewhere Up There
May 17, 2019 - 12:41pm PT

Many thanks, Chris.


Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
May 17, 2019 - 12:42pm PT
Kingtut...... well said.

The wide fetish is up and Running. The Fish isnít looking to make bank, just some laughs.

See you all - around.

Released into general population, Idaho
May 17, 2019 - 12:44pm PT
Best damn forum on the Internet.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
May 17, 2019 - 12:51pm PT
Thanks, Chris and RJ - it's been a good ride (17 years for me, since 9/2002).

Does this mean you will shut down the guidebooks, too?
I can't imagine they make very much money.
I would guess that both the guidebooks and forum were done because you enjoyed climbing so much at the time.
Although I suppose nobody has tried to sue you over the guidebooks.

Social climber
The internet
May 17, 2019 - 12:53pm PT
Something important is being thrown away because they didn't figure out how to make money at it.
He actually did, through gear reviews, something that started here in this forum and has since moved to other sites RJ manages currently - and according to CMac's enormocast interview - they're making money.

Fact is y'all are useless, got left behind, and now are being cut. A few, apparently, are litigation bait. Ultimately, what monetary value are you to CMac and RJ? Zero. I accept it. I already have every Supertopo guide ever made - bought like 10-20 years ago. I run an ad blocker. I just come here for an escape - on someone else's dime.

Trad climber
Punter, Little Rock
May 17, 2019 - 12:56pm PT
It appears the ship has left the dock, but is there no way this forum can't be saved?

Member funding?
Member moderation?

Chris, I have to ask: you state profitability/loss and time as the reasons for shutting down. There have been numerous offers of support to keep the magic alive. Why are you not reaching out for these resources?

The members of the forum could go a long ways towards mitigation of cost and time. Just sayin'

Social climber
Lida Junction
May 17, 2019 - 12:57pm PT
Thanks for the last seventeen years.
the Fet

May 17, 2019 - 12:59pm PT
Sad day. Thanks for hosting. Thanks to all who participated in the forum. I met lots of good people online and in person through this site. And of course thereís been tons of great history, news, advice, etc posted here.

Boulder climber
May 17, 2019 - 01:04pm PT
What about approaching the American Alpine Club, and/or Alpinist Magazine, and/or similar, to get support to keep the entire archive- WITH photos- available? And/or continuing the forum?

I myself am only a sporadic climber these days, having spent my 1982-87 summers in the Valley among other places. But I still check the Forum and follow news here pretty regularly.

Thanks for everything you have done.

Very warmly
Ed Keller

Trad climber
Folsom, CA
May 17, 2019 - 01:07pm PT

Thank you for hosting SUPERTOPO Forum for 18 Years. When it started it was a tool better than email for rock climbers to connect on good subjects. However all the digital platforms have been taken over by trolls obsessed with their own hateful views. Like a party, that gets too noisy late at night, its time to shut it down.

Climb On,


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