Professional and accurate GPS mapping of climber's approach trails, walk-off trails, and locations of climbing walls. (Map excerpt: Red Rock Canyon, NV - Calico 1.)
Orientation photos, notes, and visual cues to help keep you headed in the right direction. (The colored arrows in the map correspond with the trails and and their color-coded difficult ratings.)
Quick visual reference for trail difficulty.
Trail difficulty is oriented towards climbers (who tend to have a high tolerance for adversity).
Main Trails - "Official" trails that are marked in park documents. There is no difficulty reference for these trails - most are "easy" or at least straight-forward.
Easy - Can range from a flat "cruiser" to what many lay-hikers might consider "moderate."
Moderate - Conditions become more challenging such as hilly, steep, having to route-find, some boulder-hopping.
Strenuous - These are steep and difficult trails with one or more of the additional following conditions: loose dirt, loose scree or talus, requires use of hands (may include class 3 and/or 4).
Ass Kicking - We use this in the Smith Rock, OR map to depict trails that have a bit more challenge than strenuous. They aren't really soul-crushing though...
Soul Crushing - Take a strenuous trail with multiple challenging conditions, then add distance + repeated points of significant/scary exposure + additional very difficult conditions like thick brush and time-sucking route finding. Makes you want to curl up in the fetal position and take a nap.
Quick visual reference for points and level of exposure (i.e. potential for injury if a fall occurs).
Exposure icons are included in areas where we encountered significant exposure. (Significant exposure is defined as: A fall of ~ 15 feet or greater. We also considered the fall zone - sharp rocks versus bushes.)
A lack of an exposure icon does NOT mean there is no exposure. Some form of mild exposure is common on many climbing approach and walk-off trails.
The difference between broken bones and major damage is that a "broken bones" fall may be able to self-evacuate. A "major damage" will likely need to be rescued.
Quick visual reference of the number of climbs and grade distribution at a crag or wall.
Plan your climbing day based on the type of climbing you want to do (e.g. sport or trad) and the difficulty.
At a glance you can tell if an area has a concentration of the type of climbs you want and if the approaches are close, far, easy, or difficult.
We have the most comprehensive list of route data, compiled from multiple guidebooks AND Mountain Project (MP)!