Rethinking routes

We just pushed a complete overhaul of routes that brings peakery closer to providing you the necessary info to go out and climb a mountain. 

It rethinks how routes are created, grouped, and featured. It simplifies the underlying route data model. It sets up an organized structure for GPX track contributions going forward. It also groups and features the 1000s of GPX tracks already contributed by peakery members.

Routes card

Every peak now shows a Routes card that features all of the routes with GPX tracks for that peak. As members contribute more GPX tracks, the Routes cards will fill in with additional routes. An algorithm automatically figures out which GPX tracks are the same and uses all matching GPX tracks to calculate average times. Note that by default, routes are now all round-trip; one-way routes are now designated like “Disappointment Cleaver (1-way)”. Except in rare cases where it makes sense, we aim to feature round-trip GPX tracks for routes going forward since these give you the best estimate for how long an outing will be.

Expanded route stats

We’ve revised route stats to give you a better understanding of each route. Now every route shows:

  • distance to summit
  • distance, total
  • elevation, start
  • elevation, max
  • vertical, gain
  • vertical, loss
  • time to summit (based on average of all GPXes for that route)
  • time, total (based on average of all GPXes for that route)

Download GPX files

As before, on any route page you can click the ‘GPX’ button on the map to download the GPX for personal use. Note this is currently unavailable on mobile and tablet devices.

Ongoing project

We’re still working on some tools to help clean up and normalize the existing route data — things like associating the best GPX files with specific routes, hiding duplicate routes, etc. If you find any bugs with anything route-related, please let us know.

Please contribute your GPX files!

peakery needs your GPX tracks to make it a better resource for everyone. Most routes are missing a GPX track, and even if a route already has a GPX track, an additional GPX for that route is valuable as it helps refine hiking time estimates. If you’d like to contribute your GPX files to climbs you’ve already logged, you can go back to one of your logs and click ‘edit’ to then add your GPX and associate it with a route. So please, dig up those old GPX files you have stored away somewhere and add them to your past climbs —it’d be a huge help.

Next steps

The routes revisions set things up for some great features to come, such as better map features and filters based on distance and vertical gain. That and a lot of bug fixes are coming next.

Thanks for reading! And please hit us up at if you have any feedback.

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