SummitPost is a collaborative content community focused on climbing, mountaineering, hiking and other outdoor activities. All of the site's content is created and maintained by its members. Register Now!
Many Ways to Contribute!
Contributing to SummitPost (SP) can be as simple or as involved as you want. As you become familiar with the way SummitPost works, we recommend that you increase the sophistication of your postings. The following is a guide for users of every level.
Recommended New-Member Activities
Create Lists: Find pages and images on SP that you really like and want to make sure you can come back to them? Click on the "SAVE" button on the primary page or, when looking at search results or the front page, click the "heart" ❤ icon. Then share those lists with your friends and family!
Post Photos: Upload your photos to SP pages. People will post comments to your photos and vote on them. You'll keep full copyright, and you can delete them at any time. Some of the best photos even make the front page. It's a great way to show off your photographic talent!
Post Trip Reports: Do you have an interesting story to tell? Then post a Trip Report (TR). People will post comments to your TR and vote on how engaging it is. If it's good enough, it might just make the front page!
Sign Logs: Don't have an elaborate story to tell? Don't feel like writing a full Trip Report? Then just sign a Climber's Log. The Logs you sign will appear on your profile page.
Post to the Forums: SP has a very active set of forums. Participate in existing threads or start your own. Stay informed on the latest mountaineering news and related topics. Discuss and learn about technique, training and gear. Learn about being an SP member, a better contributor, a better photographer, a better climber! Communicate with fellow members around the world. If you're brave, you can even venture into Off Route, but be warned, it is not for the faint of heart!
Private Message (PM) Other Members: Communicate privately with members using SP's private messaging system.
Comment on Other People's Stuff: Everybody loves to get comments. If you see a great photo, post kudos. If you read an interesting TR, tell the author. Feedback is a critical part of SP.
Contribute to the Content of Informational Pages:
Do you see a route, mountain, canyon, or other page that is lacking some important information? Then post a comment to the page outlining the info that is lacking. Think you could be a helpful contributor to the page? Ask the owner for edit privileges on the page and work collaboratively with them to make the page better. Working under the tutelage of others is a great way to become familiar with the details of creating good informational pages. If the owner of the page isn't active or doesn't respond to your request, send Send a PM to the elves
) or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
to request ownership transfer of the page to you!
Vote! Shape the content of the site by voting on other people's work.
Watch your Power Level Grow: Your vote weight is dependent upon how much quality stuff you've posted to SP. On your profile page, you can keep track of power points and your vote weight. It's fun to see it increase as you post quality stuff!
Post an Informational Page: Share your knowledge and expertise by contributing informational pages to SP. SP has thousands of route, mountain, area, and canyon pages already, but there are PLENTY still unposted.
Post Articles: Are you an expert on a topic? Are you able to write an informative, how-to article? Go for it! Articles on technical topics related to climbing, hiking, training and the like are encouraged. News-related articles are welcome as well. If your article is good enough, it might make the front page.
Organize sets of photos into albums. Think it would be cool to build a "Crevasse Jumping" album composed of other people's photos? Go for it! Invite the public to post. Creative or humorous albums are always enjoyable. Scour the FAQ
The SP FAQ
is a constantly evolving treasure trove of information. You should read it!
Assist in Taxonomy Planning:
SP is organized in a "bottom up" fashion by its members. We have a whole forum for Taxonomy Planning
. This is where members talk about how Areas, Ranges, Mountains, Routes, Traverses, etc. should be linked together.
Replace Inadequate Pages:
When a geographically-oriented page is of low quality, the first and best solution is to offer to help the page's owner improve it. After a good faith attempt at this, if the page owner is unresponsive, you can Send a PM to the elves
) to request the page. An Elf can then transfer the page to you for ownership, but you must update the page and be proactive in keeping the page up to date or risk losing it to someone else.
Post Suggestions to the Site Feedback Forum:
The management listens to your suggestions and comments! We are always looking to make the site better, and we value your feedback. If you need to contact us, please Send a PM to the elves
) or shoot us an email at email@example.com