The Rockfax App

RF-App-Icon-ShadedThe latest version of the Rockfax app gives you access to all the Rockfax information direct from your smartphone.

What is even better is that you can use it all for FREE until the end of June 2019.

All you need to do is download the app onto your iOS or Android phone and then log into the app using your UKClimbing log in.

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 How does subscription work?

Until June 30 2019, the app will be free to use. After that  you will need a subscription to have access to most of the information. This costs £4 for a single month, or £3/month for a full year when bought in advance (£36).

The subscription is linked to your UKClimbing User Profile. Just log in with this and you will have access to everything until June 30 2019. After that you will be sent a reminder email asking you if you want to continue your subscription.

 More about the app?

The heart of the app is the Rockfax crag and route information which is downloaded by a single tap for individual crags, or bundles of crags, in ‘areas’ which correspond roughly to printed guidebooks. This means you can pick and choose which crags to keep on your phone if you have limited space – just download them when you need them.

There is a free sample-crag for each area which is available even if you don’t have an active subscription. Some of these are quite extensive, enabling you to get a really good impression of what the app is like, without shelling out any money.



The Rockfax App itself is a free download and incredibly useful in its own right. You can link it to your UKClimbing Logbook to display and edit this direct from your phone and keep a detailed record of every route you climb, even adding them as you climb them at the crag.

In addition to the detailed Rockfax information, the app contains a crag map with basic information for around 20,000 crags worldwide. The map also displays all the 4,000+ listings from the UKClimbing Directory of climbing walls, outdoor shops, climbing clubs, outdoor-specific accommodation and instructors and guides amongst others.


The guidebook data for Rockfax crags is downloaded to your phone so there is no need for network coverage to read it when at the crag. You can pre-load crags and remove them when you want to create space.

Many of the maps are geo-located (currently iOS only – Android is coming) which means that you show up as a blue dot on the detailed crag maps making finding your buttress, crag or boulder even easier.


Current Areas Covered

Download now from the App Store and gain access to 44,250 routes on 800+ crags from your mobile device.

Area App Version App Only Extra in App Geo-located maps
Costa Blanca  
Clwyd Limestone
Côte d’Azur  
Dorset (Sport and Trad)
Dorset Bouldering  
Eastern Grit  
El Chorro  
Haute Provence
Lakes Bouldering No plans
Languedoc Roussillon
North Face of the Eiger
Northern England
Northern Limestone
North Wales Climbs (including all NW Slate)    
North Wales Winter  
Peak Bouldering  
Peak Limestone  
South Wales Sport Climbs  
Southern Sandstone Climbs  
West Country Climbs
Western Grit  


System Requirements

  • Apple iOS device - iPhone 4s or newer, running iOS 9 or newer. iPad 2 or newer, running iOS 8 or newer.
  • Android device - Android version 5.1 (it will currently run on version 4.4 but this is likely to not be supported in the near future).
  • Data storage – Between 250MB and 2GB per area. As a rough guide, around 1GB is required for 20-25 crags. This is larger for the more recent packages as we are increasing the quality of the photos used.

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Third Party Guidebook Publishers

If you are a publisher and you are interested in getting your climbing guide onto the Rockfax app then contact us. We are happy work with third party publishers to convert information into the app format and distribute it. This could be from an existing print publication or an unpublished guide. There are no set-up costs and we share revenue on all sales. We are also happy to consider free guides for publication if people want.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What happens to my purchases from the previous iOS version of the app?
If you bought packages on the older iOS version of the app, these will still be available in the new version on iOS with out a subscription. Until the end of June 2019 everything is free. After that date the previous purchases will show up in Settings > My Account > Manage Legacy Crags. These legacy packages will not be updated and new versions of the app information for the same area will require a subscription although the old one will stay accessible. We will be implementing a system to ‘trade in’ legacy packages for subscription time.

Q2: I don’t have a UKClimbing User Profile?
You can use some of the free functions of the app without a UKClimbing User Profile but you will need one if you want a subscription or want to use it for your UKClimbing logbook. Go to and create a new profile. Once you have that set up go to Settings > My Account in the app and sign in.

Q3: I bought packages with an iOS phone but now have an Android phone?
If you have changed your phone from iOS to Android then the older packages will not be available to you, however you will be able to trade in the value of your previous purchases for subscription time.

Q4: I have the Rockfax book, can I get the same data on the app for free or a discount?
No, the app subscription and books are separate purchases. There are two main reasons for this.
1) We have no idea who has bought a book so would be unable to offer this for historic purchases.
2) We regard these as separate products which are used in different ways. Rather like the Rockfax print books North Wales Climbs and North Wales Classics are separate products with similar content but different appeals.

Q5: Does the app work when I haven’t got a phone signal?
Yes. The main crag information is downloaded onto your device when you buy it so that you can access it at any time no matter what the network is like. There are some functions of the app – like the Directory map and the connection to UKC logbooks and UKC photos – that require a network connection, but this doesn’t prevent the main climbing information from functioning at all.

Q6: What do I get for my money?
When you activate your subscription you get access to all the information on the app to download as you need it onto your device. This remains active for the period of your subscription. Once your subscription lapses then the data will no longer be accessible.

Q7: Can I run the app on 2 devices?
You can run your app content on up to two devices where you’ve logged in using your UKClimbing User Profile. The devices can be iOS or Android.

Q8: My phone only has limited memory and the Rockfax crags are big downloads. How do I fit them all on?
If you have a device with limited storage, then you may struggle to fit a lot of separate crags on it. You can get round this by temporarily removing crags from your device to free up space. You can download them again whenever you like.

Q9: I have set up a subscription by mistake, how do I get a refund?
You can cancel your subscription at any time. If you have a 1 month subscription it will continue until the end of the 1 month period. If you have a 12 month subscription then it will run until the end of the 12 month period. If you buy a 12 month subscription by mistake then contact us.

Q10: Do you support operating systems other than iOS and Android?
No, we have no plans to produce a version for any other operating system.

App History

“Ten years from now, the climbers of Britain will be using hand-held mobiles to dial into web sites with their subscription, and viewing the crag in front of them. There may well be books still but for day to day, updated usage, the predominant method will be via a web site.” – Alan James, Guidebook Conference, Rheged, September 2002

The app that was first released in 2015 was the end product of almost 13 years of work on the Rockfax and UKClimbing web sites starting way back in 2002 when the first Rockfax Route Database was created, which led in turn to the UKC Logbook system in 2005. The intention even way back then was to deliver information to devices, although at the time we didn’t know what shape those devices would take. Thanks to Apple and other tech companies we now have the mobile devices that we are all familiar with and the app infrastructure to create and deliver sophisticated apps and data to users.

The initial technical development in the Rockfax App has been done by Stephen Horne who set about creating a product that would do justice to all the magnificent work of the Rockfax authors. Martin McKenna has completed the work on the Android version. The web site development for Rockfax and UKClimbing has been done by Nick Smith, Paul Phillips and Andy Ovens over the years.