Posted on 02. Jul, 2012 by in News

The Island website is up! I can’t talk about The Island without talking about David Graham. This was his idea from long ago, and it has now finally come to fruition. It is evident immediately that this collection of media comes from some of the best and most creative climbers from around the world. The Island is an idea I can relate to, and I am happy to be part of such a special group of interesting people, climbers, and friends, including Nalle Hukkataival, Jon Cardwell, Ian Dory, Daniel Woods, Jimmy Webb, Paul Robinson, Matty Hong, Chris Webb-Parsons, Alex Puccio, Shauna Coxsey, Cameron Maier, Gabriele Moroni, Felipe Camargo, Diego Montull, Chad Greedy, Simon Moore, Fred Moix, and many more. You can log-in now, via Facebook, Twitter or email, to comment and look. I am honored to be working with Dave as part of such an elite group! It is a new outlet for me to post climbing and non-climbing media. I will be posting photos and perhaps additional blog posts there, as well as continuing with B3.

Here is what Dave has to say about The Island:

“The chance to directly connect with like minded individuals gives us an enormous outlet, a chance to create opportunities, to bridge greater gaps. We are doing this for our community, which includes ourselves. We hope to connect and relate lives, individually and communally, to become a movement, a force of energy, an embodiment of all the passion on our planet, in one place. Welcome to the Island.”

-David Graham

14 Responses to “Island”

  1. Dan

    02. Jul, 2012

    As far as I can tell, all this lets me do is follow a bunch of different climbers blogs and twitterizations all at the same time. Which is actually pretty sweet.

  2. […] Edit: More on the Island from Jamie Emerson / here. […]

  3. Charles Lee Payne

    03. Jul, 2012

    So, why can’t I post my own shiz to the island? They should allow new users to post content to be more inclusive. The best will float to the top. I have this great picture of myself ironing money last weekend and want to share it.

  4. B3

    03. Jul, 2012

    Ask Sander or Dave if you want to join, I think eventually the plan is to open it to everyone.

  5. Charles Lee Payne

    04. Jul, 2012

    Cool. Yeah, I am hopeful it opens up to everyone. Will def share my thoughts on this. Thanks Jamie.

  6. Sander

    04. Jul, 2012

    Hey Lee, the issue is mostly expense – processing and serving images and videos isn’t cheap and comes direct from Dave’s and my wallet :( It makes sense to maintain a core Island team of professionals… But yeah… eventually anyone will be able to add content, make their own teams… generate reputation currency… maybe even crowd-fund campaigns / acquire sponsorship for adventure / exploration… a tall order… but a possible alternative to adverts. It’s all just talk at the moment :)

  7. Jabroni

    05. Jul, 2012

    Something I don’t get from the above or from Dave’s statement or from the website itself – what *exactly* is the actual idea? What’s the benefit of this app/project? Why should people sign up? I’m not going to sign up to any app on Facebook unless I know what it does and why!

    (suspect I’m not alone in that either)

    I get that Dave’s way of expressing himself is in generally mystical-sounding broad and encompassing statements, I just think sometimes there’s a call for facts and proper explanations 😉

  8. Sander

    05. Jul, 2012

    As to why… I tried to outline the grand problem awhile ago… A lot of people are working on ideas (directly or indirectly) to address these issues around climbing and other underground-ish sports.

    As to what… We figured step 1 is build a small community based social network that’s simple to click around on and nice to look at. That’s all. Right now it’s basically just a group media blog. Only the core Island team can contribute media (for reasons given above). It will hopefully evolve over time into more of a utility that helps address the “why” (I touched on this in my last comment above)… but we’re still in step 1…

    You don’t need to use Facebook or Twitter… you can sign up with just an email address. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be a real address (you won’t be able to comment but you can see everything).

    The content is top notch… you might enjoy…

  9. B3

    05. Jul, 2012

    Sander, thanks for providing this explanation! I’m so psyched to be involved and I look forward to the progression of site and The Island.

  10. Pat

    06. Jul, 2012

    Yeah, I think that was basically the explanation I was looking for as well, and am curious to see how The Island develops…

  11. Slabdyno

    06. Jul, 2012

    They already have free apps providing the islands functionality. I wish u guys consulted with me, could have saved you some money.

  12. Sander

    07. Jul, 2012

    I don’t even know where to begin a response to that.

  13. Sander

    07. Jul, 2012

    Hell yes, Jamie!

  14. slabdyno

    11. Jul, 2012

    a thank you for telling me about facebook and twitter will suffice.

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