Climbing app for Switzerland: SwissClimb

As a travel and outdoor enthusiast, I am keen on gadgets, maps and apps. Today I would like to introduce you to a brand new climbing app for Switzerland: SwissClimb.

Disclosure: my friend developed SwissClimb, a climbing app for Switzerland. I have not tried it myself, but knowing him, I have no doubt it is a quality product; he is Swiss, after all. Here is what he has to say about his app, SwissClimb.


SwissClimb is a comprehensive database of sport climbing spots in Switzerland, covering more than 600 climbing spots. SwissClimb allows you to choose a spot to your liking and at the right level for you, throughout Switzerland.

SwissClimb Screen SwissClimb

What you can do with SwissClimb

Use the integrated weather information, and find the exact spot using the integrated SwissTopo maps.
For each climbing spot, SwissClimb enables you to view:

  • the number of routes for each climbing grade (single-pitch/multi-pitch)
  • the location on Google Maps and SwissTopo
  • the weather
  • the approach time
  • the type of rock
  • the altitude
  • whether it is kids friendly
  • whether it is rain free
  • where you can obtain the full topos of the climbing spot
  • online topos (if available)

You can use SwissClimb to choose the ideal climbing spot for your level and to your liking. Use the integrated weather information to filter for sunny places only, and find the exact spot you want using the integrated SwissTopo maps. And when you find your perfect place, you can use your smartphone to get you there. SwissClimb supports multiple climbing grade systems: French, UIAA, USA.

Limitations of SwissClimb

SwissClimb does not contain information on single routes, therefore you will always need a climbing guidebook (topo) for that, except of course for such cases where the topos are available online. SwissClimb contains links to  books and/or to online resources for each crag.

So if you are interested in climbing, whenever you may be in Switzerland and are looking for a great spot to climb, you can count on SwissClimb to guide you!

SwissClimb is available on Android and iPhone.

 

Have you used SwissClimb? Would you use it for on your climbing trip in Switzerland?

Christina Hegele

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  3 comments for “Climbing app for Switzerland: SwissClimb

  1. 29 August, 2012 at 21:26

    Thanks for the great post! I really love geo-mapping apps, and especially love apps that work without the need of cell reception.

    I’ve been using MapMyRide a lot for my long road bike ride’s, and it seems to work really well.

    What are the parameters of this app, how much of the alps does it cover?

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

    • 1 September, 2012 at 19:02

      Hi Travis,
      thanks for your comment. I am the developer of the Android version of SwissClimb. Hopefully, I can provide you with some answers your questions.
      Within this app, all information regarding more than 600 climbing spots all around Switzerland is contained and available offline/without cell reception except for maps, weather data and online topos:
      * The app uses Google Maps as well as SwissTopo maps – but both kind of maps do need cell reception to work. Google Maps supports a bit of caching, but SwissTopo does not.
      * Weather data is cached on the device, but only for around two hours. Nothing worse than old weather data 😉
      * Online topos can be downloaded to the device and then used without cell reception. If you open an online topo, it will be downloaded to the device and cached. So if you open the same online topo again, it does not need any downloading.

      SwissClimb covers all the Swiss part of the alps – with a lot of climbing spots located there.

      Regards,
      Marco

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