A swift kick in the MAP!

The Map is the most popular feature of peakery. Its truly global coverage of the world’s peaks on detailed outdoor map layers is a great resource for those looking to explore the mountains. Now we’ve made it even better with a bunch of big new features.

1. Peak showcase (on the right)

As you browse the Map, see photos and info about the most popular and highest peaks currently in view. Profoundly improves the exploration experience. Oh, and easily hide the column whenever you want to see more map.

2. 3D map

3D maps make a triumphant return to peakery, this time much bigger and better than ever. It goes without saying that a 3D view is ideally suited for visualizing mountainous terrain (sorry, guess we just said it).

Titcomb Basin, Wind River Range, Wyoming

Grindelwald, Switzerland

Na Pali Coast, Kauai

Western slopes of Mount Rainier, Washington

Great Range, Adirondacks, New York

Snowdon Horseshoe, Wales

Select the 3D Map option from this updated Map Layers control in the top center of the map:

Bonus: we also added a Streets layer, bringing the total # of map layers to 8

3. Additional peak sliders (on the left)

In addition to the new peak toggles previously announced (Classics, In Challenge, You climbed, Has GPS track), we added 3 new peak sliders:

Length
Filter to peaks with routes of desired distance

Vertical gain
Filter to peaks with routes of desired vertical gain

Last climbed
See where peakery members have been climbing recently. Can be useful for trip planning and a great way to get a sense of what’s going on in a region.

4. Tons of new stuff on the map

We enriched the Map with several new pieces of info. Hit the new Eye button which is a map legend but also lets you toggle the visibility of many new items on the peakery map:

The Eye button is both a map legend and a way to turn info on/off

Your awards on the map

Your King of the Mountains, Summit Stewards, and First Ascents now appear right on the map. Strategize which peaks to tackle to amass clusters of awards, if that’s your cup of tea.

Classic peaks on the map

With new icons you can easily see the Classics at a glance while looking at all peaks in a region. Know of a Classic that’s missing? Let us know at [email protected])

Peak Challenges on the map

Icons for Challenges are shown in the approximate center of all the peaks included in the challenge. A great new way to discover Challenges.

Photos on the map

Zoom in to see 1000s of geotagged photos from peakery members. Tap a photo icon to see it fullscreen in a gallery view and quickly swipe through all nearby photos.

5. New design + 3D maps for mobile web map

We redesigned the map on peakery.com’s mobile website to show more map and less nav clutter. We also made the buttons bigger and easier to tap.

And we’re excited to unveil 3D maps on your phone and tablet. On most newer phones, they actually run smoother than most laptops!

iPhone users: we recommend adding peakery to your homescreen to see the fullscreen version. Just tap the share icon at the bottom of the Safari browser and then tap ‘Add to Home Screen’

Android users: be sure to head to the Google Play store to get the official peakery Android app

What’s next for the Map

We plan to keep improving and extending these new map features. Also in-the-works are new tools to make it easier — and more fun — to help improve peakery’s mountain info.

So what do you think?

We hope you like the changes. If you do, please let us know. If not, also please let us know. Please share your feedback with us at [email protected] or on Twitter @peakery . Bug reports, feature requests, questions — please get in touch. We’ll try to be responsive.

— the peakery team

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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected] 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

 

Better logging, notifications, and navigation

We just launched a batch of improvements focused on making the peakery website easier to use across desktop, tablet, and mobile.


Better Logging

We cut out several steps to make logging your climbs easier.

  • Sitewide ‘Log a climb’ button: at the top of every page on the site

  • Log directly from your GPX tracks: peakery will automatically match the peaks.

  • Multi-peak logging: when you climb multiple peaks in a day, now you can choose to log them together:

 


Better Notifications

The old News page is no more. But its contents live on in 2 places:

  • a new Notifications area for just the news involving you: 

  • a new ‘Members you follow’ filter on the Latest page for news just about those you follow:

 

 


BEtter Navigation

We rethought the site’s navigation to make it more intuitive, better organize features, and surface important parts of the site that were buried.

Some of the changes:

  • icons next to links
  • homepage is now called Latest
  • new Peaks dropdown with options to view peaks by Map, List, and Regions:

  • moved all of the hard-to-access links from the old footer into a More dropdown (and added a Contact us link):

  • access all of your pages from your profile photo:

  • search is now more prominent
  • completely new mobile nav; now includes all of the same links as on desktop:

 

How do you like these new features? Find any bugs? Please let us know by emailing us from the Contact us link or messaging us via our Facebook page.

 

PEAK MONTH 2018 recap

And PEAK MONTH 2018 is a wrap. Here’s a quick recap…

It began on Aug 1 in the wooded hills of New Jersey with the summit of 750 ft Campgaw Mountain by wacbravo.

1422 summits later, on Aug 31 Culater stood atop Mount Belcher in the islands of British Columbia, capping 4 weeks of mountain adventures by peakery members around the globe.

Some PEAK MONTH stats

PEAK MONTH 2018 Stats

Along the way, peakery members overcame many obstacles, such as:

Impolite weather

In Canada, even the mountains are polite. I have never been kicked out from the mountains in such a way: two hail and thunderstorms within just 2 or 3 hours[…] the wind gusts were somewhat up to 80-100km/h. In some places had to really hold onto the rock in order not to be blown away[…] Had to hide in a hole between camp site’s stonewall and a boulder for quite some time.”  — Longs Peak, Colorado by alexp

Crevasses

“We teamed up with another party of 2, using all 4 of the pickets and belayed each other up the steep snow. After passing the crux it was easy going and super gorgeous. We got to the summit around 10. I can’t imagine having better views. Sean and I had the top to ourselves for 15 minutes then made pretty good time heading down.” — Mount Baker, Washington by MatthewWinterberg

Emergency caving

“Six of us were stuck in a cave for three hours on 8/4/18 about an hour below the Lunch Counter. Severe hail storm with lightning. No warning. We were instantly wet and cold.” — Mount Adams, Washington by blindskov

 

Ornery wildlife

“The hike/slog up was mostly uneventful, except for an ornery bighorn ram. We gave it a very wide berth, walking well around the three rams hanging out, but it kept approaching us. Mike and I took out our bear spray (safety too!) and we all stood together behind a tree clacking our poles together and against the wood. We yelled. Nothing!” — Mount Nestor, Alberta by leigh-annewebster

 

Bad ideas

“After stopping at the archway for a photo, the hiker we picked up was climbing down from the arch and decided to toss his bag for extra mobility. The bag ended up rolling through the archway and all of the way down the sheer north face of Tyrwhitt never to be seen again[…] had to give the guy a lift back to calgary as he had no keys or wallet in order to get home.” — Mount Tyrwhitt, Alberta by MarkJPerkins

 

Chupracabra & agro running dudes

…darkness fell and I had to descend the rough Harris ridge in the dark from memory as my beam of light barely helped me. I was followed by a group of glowing eyes to add to the drama. Probably squirrels but my imagination thinks chupracabra. Very special day owning the mountain. I have very strange experiences when I pass some men on the trail. 2 times today guys tried to chase me down (with no success) and left their group to do it! Crazy!” — Harris Mountain, Nevada by paula.raimondi 

 

Flimsy footwear

“Started walking with boots I found in the garage and tested while cutting the lawn. After half an hour the rubber sole of the left boot came loose… on the way back the right sole fell off. Not possible to rent boots at hut. We’re here now, put on sandals, more grip than other shoes.” — Bovški Gamsovec, Slovenia by Pieter 

 

Exhaustion

“Third peak of the Castle Peak 100K. After summiting Crow’s Nest, we navigated the craziest, most insane part of any race I’ve ever done[…] a series of fixed ropes would aid our ascent to the summit. The 1.5 mile section would take nearly 45 minutes, and by the time we reached the summit I was spent. I had to sit for a few minutes sipping ginger ale and energy gels before I could continue.” — Lincoln Mountain, California by rsnipes 

 

Tedious footing

“Loose rock galore, but firm enough to give you hope. I didn’t really enjoy this one, neither did my cousin, more of a chore than a fun day on a mountain. Alas, the views were good despite the smoke. Frozen lake is absolutely beautiful…. I won’t be back!” — Mount Fox, Alberta by jakefinnan

 

Bees, snakes, & sharp plants

“Several people were getting stung (I got it twice) at around the 3.0 mile mark. Then on the way back down, yep, got stung twice more. Also had a rattlesnake kindly “warn” me of his presence! The sharp yucca plants and sharp thorny-plants also can be a pain (literally!) so long pants wouldn’t be a terrible idea. But then with the bees and snakes, stormtrooper armor might be better…” — Strawberry Peak, California by Marc 

 

Type 2 Fun

Those are just a few of the many tribulations experienced by peakery members during PEAK MONTH. Some people (most?) may read these stories and think “no way, that’s not fun.” It seems like a natural response.

But there are those of us who not only endure these challenges but keep coming back for more. Call it Type 2 fun. A desire to embrace gentle sufferings and in spite of it all stand on a high spot and see the world from a different perspective.

Next time you look at any of the thousands of summit photos on peakery be sure to notice a certain gleam in the eyes, a sense of elation beaming through. “I made it!” those faces joyfully proclaim. But then take a closer look and you’ll also find things a little rough around the edges — the sunblock not totally rubbed in, the sweaty hair, the deep fatigue set around the eyes. It takes a lot to make it to a summit, both physically and mentally. And to many, even the rewards of views, adventure, challenge, and natural beauty aren’t worth it. But to those that feel the pull of the mountains, successfully journeying to a mountain summit and back is one of the best feelings in the world.

Have fun, and be safe, in the mountains,

– the peakery team

 

August is “PEAK MONTH”

Join for peakery’s first ever PEAK MONTH!

Based on popular demand we’ve extended the annual PEAK WEEK into 4 weeks of mountain adventures.

To join in on PEAK MONTH:

1. Go summit peaks during the month.

2. Then log your climbs on peakery to share with everyone.

In the past we’ve given out peakery stickers to all participants, we might do that again but no promises…

Why PEAK MONTH? Because we hope it’ll give you a little extra push to make some mountain plans before summer’s end.*

We look forward to seeing your photos & following along with your adventures in the mountains.

-peakery team

 

* OK, for southern hemisphere peakery members, let us know if you’d also like to take part in a PEAK MONTH SOUTH in, ahh, let me think… February??