Archive for June, 2009

Welcome Japan

June 29, 2009

Welcome Japan! The first japanese crag (Futagoyama) it’s here

japanese crag

Futagoyama crag

New release – build 3456

June 19, 2009

Highlights of this release:

  • You can order pitches that you have contributed.

    order pitches

    order pitches

  • Added the total number of crags and pitches currently inserted in ClimberVoice.

    total number of crags

    total number of crags

  • Cosmetics improvements to the sidebar.

    nicer sidebar

    nicer sidebar

  • Bug fixes and other minor improvements.

Enjoy

It’s born!!! ClimberVoice goes live!

June 18, 2009

After a private beta period ClimberVoice has gone finally live on climbervoice.com.

The great idea 😉

The idea behind it is really simple, let climbers add and update the crags they know better in ClimberVoice. Make all those information discoverable through a powerful search and put them on a Google Maps map for an easily browsing.

Sounds nice but… what are the benefits?

  • A newly bolted pitch could be added immediately to let the world know about the new beatiful line. Guidebooks could become old very quickly, especially in active areas.
  • Coverage for remote areas and smaller crags that you won’t find inside any guidebooks. Currently you’re stuck on gathering some infos by dishomogeneous and sometimes outdated sources (if you’re lucky enough to find them). A lot of efforts for low quality results.
  • Thanks to Google Maps you can more easily plan your next climbing trip. Take a look to the crags you plan to visit.
  • During travels you can check ClimberVoice and see which crags are placed near you.
  • No middle man. If you’ve bolted a new pitch and want to share with the world, go add it.
  • I’m sure you’ll find a lot more…

It’s free, it doesn’t require registration for browsing and it’s open to anyone who wants to contribute  (adding crags & pitches that are missing).

ClimberVoice is pretty much in its early stage and I’d like it being entirely community driven. Tell me what you think and suggest features you think it absolutely need. Check out some of the great ideas already suggested and if you like some, go vote it.

If you want to know more check out about and faq.

Credits 🙂

None of this would have been possible without help. Here’s a bunch of people who have helped me through:

  • Andrea Gallo for his enthusiasm, efforts and ideas to make ClimberVoice a better site.
  • Pietro Polsinelli for push me on the right track every time we meet 😉 and help with my (cough.. cough..) barely understandable english.
  • Matteo Bicocchi who has helped me with the initial graphic design (I know there’s still a lot to do…) and his precious advises on jquery 😉
  • Roberto Bicchierai for his advices.
  • Massimo Montagni for his help with math & statistics.
  • Caterina Feroci who has helped me along the journey through a continuos streaming of useful advises.
  • All beta testers for their efforts and help.

Enjoy

ClimberVoice v1.0 build 3442

June 4, 2009

Lots of new features this time, most of them “under the cover” but there are some gems to share with you:

  • Google maps: show an “aggregate” icon when viewing with low zoom instead of a messy multitude of icons.

    crags cluster icon

    crags cluster icon

  • Google maps: show markers in different size depending on the number of crag’s pitches.

    proportional markers size

    proportional markers size

  • Google maps: markers at the same latitude, longitude must be moved with a small offset so they’ll be all visibles.

    markers with same lat/lng

    markers with same lat/lng

  • Google maps: When geocoding a location retrieve its city/region with english and locale language so we can search using both.

Enjoy