After climbing many false-summits, the new peakery is finally ready to go!
THIS IS BIG. A complete ground-up redesign. We’ve re-thought every feature and added many, many more. Internally we’ve called this effort Project Shasta, named after the massive volcano in northern California. Because just like Shasta, the new peakery is massive in scope… we’ve packed in so much new stuff.
All with the goal: get more people to climb more mountains.
Top 10 new things in peakery:
If you’re a long-time peakery member, we hope your first reaction upon seeing the new peakery is “Whoa!” (a good whoa). The first thing you’ll notice is that it looks a lot different. But far from just a fresh coat of paint, we’ve taken extra time to reimagine every single feature to better organize and showcase the growing number of incredible mountain experiences shared by our members. 100% of your existing data is in here but now it’s presented in hugely improved ways with bigger photos and useful filters and sorts throughout the site. And all the parts underneath that “just make it work” have been overhauled with modern technologies to set peakery up for constant improvements in the future.
Use on your phone & tablet too. Hello 2017!
The old peakery was nearly impossible to use on your phone or tablet. Despite this, 47% of people tried. Ouch. The new peakery addresses this with 3 separate designs: 1 for desktops/laptops, 1 for tablets, and 1 for phones. In addition to scaling to the appropriate screen size, we’ve added phone-only features like adding photos from your phone’s photo library, seeing your current location on the map, and getting turn-by-turn directions to trailheads.
Add your GPS tracks
One of the most requested features: now you can add your GPS tracks to your summit logs. Adding your track will auto-populate stats in your summit log for distance, time, and vertical gain.
A central goal of the new peakery is to be a great resource for anyone to find the info they need to go out and climb mountains. To that end, members may now contribute detailed route info for any mountain in the world. Routes may include key info such as GPS tracks, stats, difficulty, popularity, maps, step-by-step descriptions & photos, directions to the start, and more. All of this route info enables new features such as filtering summits by difficulty, seeing only summits logged on a particular route, and capturing personal stats like your total vertical gain and difficulty breakdown.
With ongoing contributions from our community, we hope to grow peakery into a comprehensive resource for route info for peaks around the world.
See the latest in your region
On the old peakery it was hard to discover the latest summits in regions you care about. To address this, we changed the homepage to feature the latest activity in your home region (or any region in the world). It’s a quick overview of what’s been happening in the mountains, something to check before you head out… or to browse when you’re stuck inside.
Summit logs 2.0
One of the central activities on peakery is logging your climbs. So we spent a lot of time working on improving it in 2 main ways: 1) making logging easier, and 2) letting you log new types of info. New features include:
- Faster with easy 1-page logging (works on your phone too).
- Add photos directly from your phone.
- Add your GPS track.
- Add distance, elevation, and time stats (auto-populated if you add your GPS track).
- Add details on activities, key gear, challenges (using quick toggles).
- Add videos and related links.
- Add your summit attempts — the ones that got away.
- Easier sharing with a dedicated URL for each summit log.
- Earn new awards after you log a summit.
- Totally new views of your log with big photos, map, and other stats.
- Easier liking and commenting on everyone’s logs.
Earn new King of the Mountain & Summit Steward Awards
In the spirit of friendly competition, we’re introducing 2 new types of peakery awards for peaks you climb frequently:
King of the Mountain Award:
Summit a peak more times than any other member. Only 1 available per peak. Beware: this award can be lost!
Summit Steward Award:
Summit a peak at least 5 times to become one of its Summit Stewards. As Steward of a peak, you’re encouraged to keep that peak’s info up-to-date on peakery and spread goodwill on your future climbs up the peak.
Shiny new peak pages
The over 330,000 peak pages are the crux of peakery… so we made them better with a complete overhaul:
- Bigger photos.
- Expandable maps right in the page.
- New editable highlights section.
- New 3D Map view (no browser plug-ins required!).
- New page for summit logs with powerful filters.
- New Routes page featuring summit routes for that peak.
Peak Challenges take the age-old concept of peak lists and make them far more accessible, achievable, and progressive. This translates into many new challenges close to cities with a smaller number of peaks — anywhere from 5 to 20 peaks usually of low difficulty. These challenges serve as stepping-stones to progressively more involved challenges that’ll keep even the truly obsessed busy.
For each of the over 280 featured Peak Challenges, we’ve added pages for detailed info and stats, maps, member progress, and related summits. Near many cities, Peak Challenges start with smaller collections of peaks — anywhere from 5 to 20 peaks of low difficulty.
And introducing “Rounds”: now peakery automatically tracks your progress toward completing a challenge multiple times.
More insights about you
Your peakery profile just got a huge upgrade — we added so much new stuff that we decided to organize everything into 6 sub-pages. Some of the changes you’ll find:
- Huge collection of stats breaking down your mountain activity:
- Cooler Peak Badges showing awards directly on them:
- Filters and charts for all of your Summit Logs:
- Fullscreen map featuring all of your climbs:
- Your detailed progress on Challenges — with new Season Grid and Month Grid views:
- New Photos page to prominently feature all of your photos:
Other great new stuff:
- Expanded info for 2,600 regions with separate pages for related stats & highlights, maps, recent summits, and challenges.
- New Members page with rankings by different metrics and a member search.
- Easier ways to contribute such as by adding route tracks, route info, new data fields, new edit screens, and an easier form to add missing peaks.
- New contributors page shows top 100 contributors in several different categories.
- Map enhancements such as a bigger map area with full-width view, new sliders for Summits and Difficulty, and a way to jump to your current location when using your phone or tablet.
Thanks to those who’ve contributed to improving peakery so far. Your steady stream of data improvements make peakery a more valuable guide to the world’s mountains. And a special thanks to those who gave feedback on early concepts of this new peakery; we incorporated many of your ideas.
Our goal with peakery is to get more people to climb more mountains. While this new peakery is a summit of sorts, there are many more summits ahead as we work with the peakery community to continue to advance this goal.
In 2017 we’re planning to release batches of new stuff every few weeks. Some of the first batches will focus on peak data, maps, and photos.
We could really use your feedback as we work to iron out kinks and round out features. And let us know what else you’d like to see, as long as it doesn’t involve adding dancing meerkats to your summit photos or anything like that.
See you in the mountains,