App Update to Version 1.4 – Chamonix Pre-Publication Now Available

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Today sees the release of version 1.4 of the Rockfax app. This is a minor version which enables us to publish a pre-publication edition of the upcoming Chamonix guide within the app. The final version will be available once the book goes to print as a free upgrade to anyone who buys it now.

The Chamonix bundle contains 500 routes on 18 crags. You can buy it in smaller packages if that suits.

It is available now via the  Crags Tab > Downloads for £22.99 or as 13 separate bundles.



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New South Wales Sport Guidebook

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This autumn we will be publishing a new guidebook to South Wales Sport Climbs. The book is being written by Mark Glaister as the main author but we have also been lucky enough to work with great local route developers Roy Thomas, Goi Ashmore and Gary Gibson.

The climbing is easily split into four main areas – Valleys Sandstone, Gower, the inland and coastal limestone crags and Camarthenshire’s sea cliffs. The variation in climbing on offer is remarkable for such a compact area and access is easy.

This book will be the first book to bring together these various crags into a single edition with many never having been properly covered in print before. We are aiming to get it out in print by October this year and it will be published in book and App format at the same time.

More information on the guide here

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Chamonix Print Guidebook Delayed Until August – App Ready in July

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We have encountered a few problems in the finishing stages of the Chamonix guidebook owing to adverse weather in the Alps.

Several crucial crag photographs needed to be retaken and some taken for the first time and our plan was to do this in May or early June. We also had some work to finish on the valley crags. Unfortunately the weather has been so dreadful that there is lots of snow preventing us from getting the mountain crag photos, and we haven’t been able to properly finish off the valley crags because of persistent rain.

Most of the rest of the book is ready to go but we can’t print it until we have all the photos and crag research in place. So the plan now is to go to the printers in July for publication in August.

This is late for the season – many apologies to those who have been anxiously looking forward to this book for their trip in July or early August.

The good news for those who have iOS devices is that we will be able to release a version of the Chamonix guide on the Rockfax App in early July. It will be missing a few crags in the mountains and a few of the valley crags but essentially 95% of the information will be there. Anyone who buys the full App version, or smaller bundles, will get the updated information appropriate to their purchase by the end of August anyway via the automatic updating system.

 



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App Update to Version 1.3 – Languedoc-Roussillon Now Available

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Languedoc-Roussillon has now been added to the Rockfax App. This is the book that covers the areas from the Ardèche, through the Gorges du Tarn and de la Jonte, and on to Thaurac, Seynes, Russan and Orgon amongst others.

This now means that all four existing guidebooks to French areas are now available with Chamonix to follow when it is published this summer.

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The Languedoc-Roussillon package contains 3,100 routes on 17 crags. You can buy it in smaller packages if that suits.

It is available now via the  Crags Tab > Downloads for £19.99 or as 10 separate bundles.

Crags included

Chaulet PlageMazet PlageActinidiasLe Cirque des GensLes BranchesGorge du TarnGorge de la JonteLe BoffiCantobreThauracHortusClaretSeynesRussanMont GaussierMourièsOrgon


Version 1.3 Available

We have also released version 1.3 of the App. This should automatically update via the App Store but you may need to check if you have set your Apps to updated manually.

== New Features ==

+ Share routes from the route list (press and hold), or the share button in the route drawer when looking at a topo. This creates an image with the route marked on it you can send to your mates by text, Facebook or email to get them fired up.
+ Crags (installed or not) are searchable from spotlight.
+ Installed routes are searchable from spotlight.
+ Added a notification to inform when the connection to the app store has been made (so there’s no need to keep tapping the download buttons to find out).



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UKC Readership Survey

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In 2010 and 2013 we carried out a huge readership survey on UKClimbing.com. The first time we got an amazing 4,500 responses and the second time a staggering 6,800! We reckon this makes it the biggest survey ever of climbers and mountaineers in the UK, probably Europe and maybe the World.

The results of these surveys have been instrumental in shaping the way UKClimbing and Rockfax look today. The Rockfax App was shaped after feedback from the 2013 survey. You can see some of the 2013 Survey Results here.

It is now time for a new readership survey which this time includes a section specifically on Rockfax. The survey is split into six short sections and takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

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(You will need to log in to, or create, a UKC profile first).

The readership survey is completely anonymous - no reference to your email address or IP address will be recorded. Your UKC User Profile will be marked with an indicator showing that you have completed the survey, and we ask you to check your address details at the end (to send the prizes to if required), but there is no connection between the User Profile and any particular set of responses.

Prize Draw

Everyone who completes the survey (you must answer 80% of the questions) is given the option to be included in a draw for one of many great prizes which are being added to all the time.

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We appreciate your help and thank you for being part of the Rockfax and UKC community. We are also extremely grateful to the advertisers who have supported this survey with their magnificent prizes.

Alan James

Director Rockfax



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