Old Climbing Websites Were Ugly!

Remember what old climbing websites used to look like? We don’t either, but thought it’d be fun to hop in the Wayback Machine to take a trip down memory lane. A few of these made us laugh out loud, we hope you’ll enjoy them as well.

Gripped (11.3.99)

There are no words, this is beyond classic.

ClimbingBoulder.com (1.24.01)

The site that was the foundation of what would turn into MountainProject.com.

Rockclimbing.com (2.1.98)

Apparently this started as a Utah-based site, didn’t know that.

Rock and Ice (2.15.97)

You guys sure have come a long way from these humble beginnings.

Climbing (10.31.96)

You too, Climbing mag folks.

8a.nu (5.25.02)

I love the Figure 8, old school!

SuperTopo (4.22.01)

Funny, not much has changed.

Alpinist (7.30.03)

Compared to some of the others, this was cutting edge!

Gunks.com (1.19.97)

Hard to even tell what is going on here.

Neice.com (4.19.00)

This website fueled my ice climbing stoke in college, good memories!


NewEnglandBouldering.com (9.16.00)

It looks like these folks aren’t even around any more.

BigUpProductions.com (8.7.04)

How fun!


Brian, they didn’t have any good screenshots saved, any chance you have one you could share?

SplitterChoss.com (5.16.06)

And of course our own humble beginnings. Ah, the good old days…

There’s probably some other good ones out there, post up if you find any and we can add to this list.

6 Responses to Old Climbing Websites Were Ugly!

  1. Don’t forget 2001-era Bouldering.com, which has long since been defunct. That place was rockin’.

    Tristan January 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm
  2. NewEnglandBouldering.com just shut down @ the end of 2013 I believe. As a former New Englander I spent many hours on that site, met tons of great people through it, & ended up creating lots of videos & content for Joe M. back in the day. Good times…

    Some others that are gone or just look old:
    – Smackmag
    – Momentum Video Magazine
    – indoorclimbing.com

    Derek January 15, 2014 at 8:58 pm
    • Newenglandbouldering.com is actually back (as of March 2014) and going strong. I disagree though, we had a beautiful website (ha ha). The site was always about community first and great design was way down the list…

      Joe M. January 19, 2015 at 10:46 am
      • Sounds like you had your priorities right!

        BJ Sbarra January 29, 2015 at 3:37 pm
  3. I miss the old web. In the old days we worried about useful content, not the latest WordPress theme. You guys do great though – a good balance of style with useable content.

    Jack February 3, 2014 at 11:29 am
  4. Holy shit, I just saw this post for the first time. What a terrifying flashback! I wish frontrangebouldering.com woulda made the list…that was some fine interwebbing. Nice compilation!

    Dave McAllister November 13, 2014 at 7:59 pm
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