COVID can’t stop PEAK MONTH 2020


You’re invited…

Peakery’s annual tradition of climbing mountains, PEAK MONTH, encourages you to climb as many peaks, mountains, and hills as you can from Aug 1 to Aug 31. Last year saw a record number of peaks climbed by a record number of people — let’s build on that momentum and make this year’s PEAK MONTH an even bigger celebration of the world’s mountains.

As if you needed an excuse to go get some fresh air in the mountains (with social distancing of course).

How can you participate in PEAK MONTH?

1. Go climb as many peaks as you can anywhere in the world between Aug 1 and Aug 31, 2020.

2. Then share your photos, GPS tracks, and trip reports on peakery.com or using our Android app.

We look forward to seeing your PEAK MONTH mountain adventures on peakery.Go high, have (type-I &  type-II) fun, and be safe out there.

– the peakery team

p.s. We’re usually really lazy about giving out peakery schwag to PEAK MONTH participants but perhaps someone with a lot of experience in setting up online dropship merch stores will reach out to us (cry for help!).

peakery for Android – out now!

We’re excited to announce our Android app is now available! Have an Android? From your phone, tap this button to install:
Get it on Google Play

(An iPhone app is next, fill this out if you’d like to help us test).

 

Your (mobile) mountain basecamp

The peakery Android app seamlessly integrates with the rest of peakery. As soon as you log in, all of your existing info will be there: your mountain stats, Peak Badges, Summit Logs, Peak Challenge progress, and photos. Also easily access the 100s of thousands of trip reports, photos, and mountain routes from the global peakery community.

GPS tracker builT for mountains

Use the app to record your mountain hikes and save them directly to peakery. The GPS tracker was designed specifically for climbing mountains with special features such as an always-onscreen current elevation and hold-and-press buttons to prevent accidental pausing. For multi-day climbs, you can keep the tracking paused while sleeping and resume the next day (external battery definitely recommended for this).

Just like on the peakery website, after saving a log in the app you can earn Peak Badges, awards, and automatically see your progress in any of 100s of Peak Challenges.

Powerful peak maps

Use detailed topo maps to discover the best peaks to climb out of over 600,000 peaks. Extensive filters such as length, vertical gain, popularity, elevation, and more help you quickly hone in on suitable objectives.

The app features all 6 of the excellent map layers found on the website, including the stunning Natural Atlas in the US and our customized Terrain view for the entire world. We tried to keep the map as uncluttered as possible for the best browsing experience.

Extensive peak filters

The new List view is a great way to get a quick sense of the mountains in an area. It’s a perfect complement to the map view — whatever peaks you see on the map are shown in a sortable, filterable list. Every peak in the list shows if it’s a Classic, if it’s included in Peak Challenges, and how many times you’ve climbed it. You can sort peaks by popularity, elevation, and distance away from a location. Paired with peakery’s extensive peak and trip database, it’s a comprehensive discovery tool.

See the latest climbs


Browse the worldwide community’s latest climbs in any region in the world and interact with other members with likes and comments. You can also download GPX routes to your phone to use in other apps if you choose.

 

Request for feedback!

We hope you like the app so far. Please send any feedback to feedback@peakery.com. With your help, we plan to keep making this better.

– the peakery team

Big, Classic, & more

We’ve been quietly releasing improvements to peakery over the last few months, sshhhhh! Wait, it’s not a secret; here’s what’s new:

  1. See peakery BIG

We optimized the site for screens up to 50% wider. We noticed that over 75% of total desktop/laptop visits come from wider screens and a lot of the screen was just empty background. Now peakery uses the extra screen width more efficiently, proudly.

 

  1. See photos BIG

We increased the resolution of every photo on peakery by 4x. See them at fullscreen size in the gallery. Also notice the much sharper detail in every photo on the site. It’s like getting Lazik.

Click to see fullsize photo of Mt Torlesse in New Zealand by glennj

 

  1. Classic peaks

We introduced the concept of Classic peaks. We’re still trying to work out exactly how to define a Classic peak, but if you explore around on the map you’ll hopefully intuit what we’re aiming for. Use the new ‘Classics’ toggle on the Map to see what we’ve deemed worthy so far. Are we missing a Classic? Suggestions welcome.

 

  1. Map improvements

  • New toggles to filter peaks: Classics, Has GPX, You climbed, In Challenge
  • Current location button
  • Fullscreen map button

 

  1. Android app in beta

We’ve been testing a peakery Android app with a handful of peakery members and incorporating feedback. One major challenge has been ironing out the kinks in GPS tracking, the tentpole feature of the app. Happy to report we’ve made big progress with this (with a breakthrough this week!) but still working on it. We could definitely use more testers — if you’re interested in testing please let us know on this form (Android phone required with Android 8 or higher). Thanks for the help.

PEAK MONTH 2019 starts today!

peakery’s annual PEAK MONTH is upon us! Aug 1 to Aug 31.

Hopefully you already have some mountain adventures planned for this month. If not, now’s the time to make some plans. With over 600,000 peaks on peakery, there’s guaranteed to be a good one for you. Need some inspiration? Take a look at the 100s of Peak Challenges  waiting for you to tackle.

Here’s a recap highlighting some of the obstacles everyone encountered during last year’s PEAK MONTH.

How to participate in PEAK MONTH:

1. Go climb as many peaks as you can anywhere in the world between Aug 1 and Aug 31, 2019

2. Then share your photos, GPS tracks, and trip reports on peakery.com

We look forward to seeing your PEAK MONTH mountain adventures on peakery. Have fun and be safe out there.

– the peakery team

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 feedback@peakery.com if you have any feedback.

Stunning new topo maps

We just went live with 2 new topo maps: Natural Atlas for the US, and OpenTopoMap for the entire world. Combined, these new maps provide a whole new level of detail for your outdoor adventures.

Stop what you’re doing and GO CHECK OUT THESE MAPS. They’re that good.

Natural Atlas (US)

When we first saw a snapshot of Natural Atlas, we assumed it was a custom-made map for just a small area. The design quality was so high, styled like a US National Park map but with contours and tons of additional outdoor details and points of interest.

Then we discovered… this amazing map covers the entire US! Indeed, Natural Atlas has been on a mission to make the best outdoor map ever, working hard on a million details for the past few years. It’s loaded with relevant info for mountain hiking: trails with mileages, campsites, waterfalls, glaciers, lookout towers, vegetation, and tons more. Just check out these screenshots; click any of them to see the full detail:

Glacier National Park, Montana
Acadia National Park, Maine
Indian Peaks, Colorado
Glacier National Park, Montana


OpenTopoMap (WorldWIDE)

For peaks outside the US, we’ve been searching for a comprehensive topo map with a high level of outdoor-related detail. OpenTopoMap delivers. An effort by a team of map enthusiasts to make OpenStreetMap look more like the celebrated TK25 German topo maps, it shows vegetation and terrain detail (forest, meadows, scree, etc.) and a long list of outdoor points of interest such as mountain huts, shelters, viewpoints, campsites, and more. Here are some screenshots:

Scottish Highalnds
Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
Triglav, Slovenia
Zermatt, Switzerland

 

CHECK ‘EM OUT!

You can see these maps on peakery’s main Map page (choose the map type in the upper right) or on any peak page. Also, when you add a GPX track, it’s now featured on these great new maps. An example log:

An example log featuring Natural Atlas map