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Thank You, and Good Night
Submitted By: Michael Komarnitsky on Jan 21, 2006

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Hey everyone,

I wanted to write you a final note of thanks. Almost 6 years ago Ben
Mottinger and I (and our drinking buddy Shaun Miller) started this site. The site blew up, becoming much bigger than we had ever imagined - garnering awards, being the setting of a R&I cover story, helping us to meet girls, and 'making the world a better place.'

I mean it. Climbers in the areas that these sites have served are better off than before we existed. You all are able to find cooler routes and actually go do them. More redpoints, more whippers, more epics, more great stories.

Why did it succeed? Sure, we get a slice of the credit, because we built some cool tools and sold some t-shirts. But it really is all of you - a group of people that want to contribute and give back to their community. We couldn't have come up with Your Mother, Sven Lavransen, or any of the rich debates over chipping.

So, thank you. Thank you for making this endeavor a huge success. Thank you for making it fun. And thank you for continuing its mission. For me, I'm graduating from Georgetown's MBA program this May, and looking for a strategy consulting job (anyone from Bain/BCG/etc want to get me in their spring hiring cycle?). It's not climbing, but it's the right thing for me. May all you continue to find the right things in life for you, and have the courage to go do

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By Todd
From: Denver, CO
Jan 21, 2006
Best of luck to you, Myke, and thanks for all the years and effort!
By Matt Bauman
Feb 9, 2006
Good Luck Myke,
It's been a long time since we've climbed together, we've all grown and moved around. I have been back in Boulder 2 years but not climbing much since busting my ankle bouldering almost 2 years ago. was alot of fun for me in those early days and I'm psyched I can still see those pics and read those comments.
Take care brother!

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