WHAT ARE CLIMB-ON MAPS?
Climb-On Maps are a new resource to help climbers plan where to climb and how to get there - Climb-On Maps pick up where guidebooks and Mountain Project leave off. We summarize route types, grades and count per crag, and provide clear, detailed, accurate maps of approaches and (non-rappel) walk-offs.
We have printed the Climb-On Maps for Smith Rock, OR and Red Rock Canyon, NV and now join us for this Kickstarter, help us print the Joshua Tree Climber's Map, and get our awesome Climb-On Maps to help you "Get Climbing Faster!"
OUR SPECIAL DEAL FOR KICKSTARTER BACKERS: Your early support to help publish the Joshua Tree Climber's map is greatly appreciated! So we’re taking care of our Kickstarter backers by offering tremendous value at our lowest prices ever [up to 40% off]. The earlier your support, the more savings! Super Early savings of 40% turn off on February 2, Early Bird savings (~30%) turn off on February 8. If you join us later, no worries, you can still save ~20% off retail prices!
Our motto is "we go to climb, not waste time!" Here's how!
- Ever tried to find the best wall to go to in a big climbing area, especially if you have a range of climbers in your group?
It's not easy to scour the guidebooks or Mountain Project to find the best walls with the grades you want AND know exactly where the crags are located relative to each other. Climb-On Maps makes planning easy!
- Ever gotten lost trying to locate a climb or get off one?
When you go on vacation (or even take a weekend) to a fabulous location to climb, your time is precious. You want to be climbing, not wandering around in frustration. Climb-On Maps makes finding your way around easy!
- Ever had to wait in line to climb?
No more! Beat everyone else to That Popular Classic, or even get off the beaten-crags and go find someplace low key.
HOW ARE CLIMB-ON MAPS DIFFERENT FROM A GUIDEBOOK?
Guidebooks and Mountain Project are awesome and show you the important details of the climbs themselves, but they often provide vague or difficult-to-follow directions on how to get to a crag. Climb-On Maps are the perfect complement to guidebooks and Mountain Project.
WHAT ARE THE FEATURES OF CLIMB-ON MAPS?
You have not seen maps like these! They are completely unique and have details like no other!
1. Incredible Detail
- TIERED MAP RESOLUTIONS - Climb-On Maps have multiple tiered resolutions so you can easily orient yourself and find the crag. The maps help you identify which road to go on as well as which trail.
- HIGH RESOLUTION - Depending on the map, the highest resolution of a Climb-On Map is between a 1:1500 to 1:3000 scale. That is 100 times more detailed than your average trail map (which are generally at scales of 1:24,000 or greater).
- TERRAIN FEATURES - Climb-On Maps include accurate terrain features, including vegetation, rock features, and contour lines to help you orient yourself.
2. Unique Planning Tools
- CRAG SUMMARIES - Get climbing faster by quickly seeing which walls suit your needs. Stop scouring the guidebook for hours tallying route counts, types, and grades to figure out where to go, now quickly find the crag summary with your colors!
- Each crag summary includes total number of climbs and distribution of climb types and grades.
- Want easy trad multipitch? Look for the crag summary with mostly green (climbs 5.9 and below) and orange (trad) circles and a purple table beneath it.
- Want difficult sport? Look for red (5.12 and above) and blue (bolted sport) circles.
- COMPREHENSIVE - The crag summaries are comprehensive! For Joshua Tree we have used 5 different guidebooks (including Mountain Project) to assemble the data.
- SPECIAL JTREE CRAG SUMMARIES! - Joshua Tree is old school and it's known for it's sandbagging. This is because the older climbs use the original YDS ratings, so a JTree 5.8 is different from a 5.8 in many other climbing areas. And there are lots of climbs at 5.7 and below. In our other maps we have 3 climbing grade categories, but for JTree, we subdivided the green category into light green (5.7 and below) and dark green (5.8-5.9).
3. Labeled Orientation Photos
Orient yourself with labeled photos from ANGLES YOU WILL SEE!
Guidebooks take photos to be able to show the wall and the climbs on the wall, but that wall may not be recognizable from the trail or angle of approach. Here's where Climb-On Maps will help - we have photos of the formation from the trail! Our arrows show you the way. LABELED TO SHOW YOU WHERE TO GO!
These images are from the Red Rock Canyon, NV Climber's Map. The Joshua Tree map will have the same awesome detail!
HOW ELSE WILL A CLIMB-ON MAP HELP ME? (OTHER INCREDIBLE MAP FEATURES)
- WATERPROOF/TEAR-PROOF PAPER - These maps are indestructible! Toss into your pocket or pack and go!
Video: Rick tries to rip a map page!
- SMALL & LIGHTWEIGHT - The layout of the Joshua Tree Climb-On Map is similar to our Red Rock Canyon, NV map - multiple loose leaf pages. You can lay pages side-by-side to see trail connections and you can just grab the 1-2 pages you need for the day. Shove it in your pocket or pack and go.
VIDEO 1: Overview: How to use a Climb-On Map (2 min 38 sec)
VIDEO 2: Map Details (2 min 41 sec)
It's not just about how to get there but how difficult it is to get there! Ever been side-swiped by a really difficult, highly exposed approach or walk-off? Now you can know what you are in for and plan accordingly!
- TRAIL DIFFICULTY RATINGS - Is it easy, moderate, strenuous, or ass kicking to get to a climb? Or worse, is it soul crushing? (Soul crushers are trails we would never, ever want to do again).
- EXPOSURE LOCATIONS - These are areas where falls are possible (either slick, sloping, or narrow terrain) and, if the fall occurs, it is greater than 15' (or, if less, there are sharp rocks/bad landing). Exposure is divided into 3 categories to give you an idea of the severity should a fall occur: broken bones (self-rescue possible), major damage (assisted-rescue probable), or Rest in Peace (RIP - body recovery probable).
By using a Climb-On Map you are also helping take care of our climbing areas. Here's how:
- Staying off damaged areas and closed or useless trails. Climb-On Maps indicate these by a red hashed grid mark and Xs on the trails. This also usually helps save you time because the right way is usually the best way!
- Using primary trails instead of secondary trails. Climb-On Maps show you which is the preferred trail (dark grey). The secondary trail is included for reference and orientation.
- Leave No Trace ethics - Climb-On Maps describe special leave no trace ethics for each area (in the front matter) and include things like restroom and wag-bag locations.
BUT ISN'T GETTING LOST PART OF THE CLIMBING ADVENTURE?
We actually think that is part of the climbing lore because there wasn't a choice before - haha!
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HOW DID WE DO THIS?
We have been working, non-stop, on these climbing maps for nearly 2 years. We have hiked about 1800+ miles in all weather conditions and in some pretty challenging, and sometimes pretty terrifying, terrain. Every trail on every map has been walked by us (that's why we can tell you so much about it!)
We collect the data on super high quality, professional GPS/GNSS units that have accuracy down to about 40 cm. We also take thousands of photos.
We work closely with the state, federal, and local organizations in the areas we map to identify trail closures, preferred paths, and special messages to include on the maps. The more we all take care of these areas, the more we can enjoy them.
Then we bring it all back and do the computer work to make the maps. For more details on our methodology, check out our website.
Rick is a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) expert and he makes the maps using professional software (more detail about this on our website).
Stefani labels the photos and makes the crag summaries using the most up-to-date and multiple guidebooks and Mountain Project. We used 5 different guidebooks/resources to make the crag summaries for Joshua Tree! Here is a video of how Stef makes the crag summaries
(1 min 47 sec).
Here are a few photos of us working.
- SEPTEMBER 2016 - Began mapping areas full time (hiked over 1800+ miles!)
- SEPTEMBER 2017 - Released Smith Rock, OR Climber's Map
- NOVEMBER 2017 - Released Red Rock Canyon, NV Climber's Map
- JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2018 - Completing Joshua Tree, CA Climber's Map
- MID-FEBRUARY - Joshua Tree map to the printer
- MID-MARCH 2018 - Ship rewards
STRETCH GOAL (If the Kickstarter reaches $10,000, we will add the City of Rocks, ID Climber's Map. City of Rocks (COR) has been physically mapped. We still need to build and print the map. Reaching this stretch goal will help us print the map for an earlier release. (By the way, if you haven't climbed at City of Rocks yet, it's a MUST! It has some of the BEST granite n the U.S.!)
- MARCH - MAY 2018 - If the stretch goal is reached, finalize and print the City of Rocks, ID map JUNE 2018 - Ship the City of Rocks map - in time for the COR climbing season!
THANK YOU! We sincerely appreciate your support and look forward to sharing these awesome maps with you and helping you have a great time at the crag!
Risks and challenges
We have already completed the data collection (i.e. walked the trails) for the first 4 climbing areas we have mapped. Red Rock Canyon, NV and Smith Rock, OR are already printed and orders for those maps will be fulfilled no matter what.
We are currently finalizing the data processing and map-making for Joshua Tree, CA. The funds from this Kickstarter will help off-set the printing costs for the Joshua Tree map.
The fourth area we mapped is City of Rocks, ID. The printing of this map is included as part of a stretch goal. Although all of the data have been collected for City of Rocks, the map still needs to be built. Stretch Goal funding will help off-set printing costs for this map.
We anticipate sending the Joshua Tree map to the printer in mid-February 2018 and getting it into your hands by mid-March 2018. If the City of Rock stretch goal is met, then we anticipate sending that out in a secondary shipping in June 2018.
The printer we used is located here in the U.S. and has printed our previous two maps. They have proven themselves to be professional and timely.
If a serious injury or death occurs to one or both of the Climb-On Maps founders (Rick or Stefani), it is unlikely the Joshua Tree and City of Rocks maps would be completed. If a heal-able injury occurs, then map production could be delayed.
We are committed to completing this process. However, should a severe, disrupting event occur that prevents the printing of a map you have ordered, Climb-On Maps will return funding.
Climb-On Maps is an established business. We have committed an extensive amount of time, energy, and funds towards its success. We have demonstrated the ability to deliver a high quality product to the rock climbing community, and we are absolutely committed to providing outstanding products to you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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