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Routes

Routes

Routes is a concept for a gym-centric climb tracking app. Climbing is a very social, and inwardly competitive activity. Routes, especially in gyms, are clearly labeled according to their difficulty and as a result climbers are always dicussing with each other whether or not they “sent” (completed) the “blue v6 in the cave” and how many attempts it took.

Routes is for the climb tracking nerd (like me) who really wants to know how many attempts it took, and also be exposed to the visualization of trends. Are they spending all their time “flashing” routes (completing on the first try)?

Route Mapping

Indoor climbing gyms tend to be organized into sections with colorful names, so that climbers can reference specific routes more easily.

“Did you send that v4 in the Fox Room?”

This map view allows climbers to organize their climb history spatially, overlaid on a photo of the physical maps typically posted at gym entrances.

Route Setup

Routes are constantly changing in gyms, and so climbers will need to be able to quickly add new ones and setup common identifiers. Gyms typically use colored duct tape to label their routes, which provides easy separation of routes in the same space as well as a removable surface on which to write the route difficulty.

Route Tracking

The signature interaction of the app is it’s “attempt tracking” interaction. This is going to be where climbers spend the most time, it is designed to a very fast interaction with snappy and concrete feedback that allows the climber to get back to the route.

Analytics

The focus of the analytics view is to tell the climber where they're spending their time and how successful they are at various difficulty levels. If they are consistently finishing routes in the first try (flashing), then it's time for them to spend more time more difficult routes.

When the climber first starts a new session, they are assumed to be in “warm-up” mode, which means that they are expected to flash every climb. Once they record their first unsuccessful attempt then “warm-up” mode ends. Warm-up climbs are tracked differently so that they don’t distort a climbers statistics.