Do you like to climb in the amazing red rock desert surrounding Moab in eastern Utah? If you do, then you will love the new FalconGuide Best Climbs Moab App that I've been working on since last February for FalconGuides with Kirk Olsen and Charlie Mezak with Natural Guides.
The Best Climbs Moab App, based on my book Best Climbs Moab, guides you to all the best climbs in the Moab area and in eastern Utah. The Best Climbs Moab App guidebook is divided into 12 separate areas, including Arches National Park, Fisher Towers, Castle Valley, Wall Street, Island in the Sky, and Kane Creek Canyon, and includes hundreds of routes from 5.0 to 5.13.
All of the routes have a comprehensive description, descent info, and rack suggestions as well as a color photograph. There are literally hundreds of photos on the App, with many action and historic photos by such great desert climbers as Jimmie Dunn, Ed Webster, and Eric Bjornstad. Each route and area also has GPS coordinates for the base of each route and the parking areas so if you have phone service, finding the trailhead and route is a snap using Google maps and satellite images.
You can search the Best Climbs Moab App for routes by grade and area so it's quick to narrow down which routes you want to climb. You can also log your climbs; designate your ascent style including lead, top-rope, and redpoint; and assign your own star ratings.
The beta-testers for the Best Climbs Moab App have raved about it. Some of their comments include: "Best climbing app ever!"; "I love all the photographs--it's like looking at an art book."; "Super useful. It's easy to carry and use. I like that all the info is cached on the device so I can use it even if I don't have service."; and "App is cool! Loved it! You're getting me psyched to go climbing there this fall."
Version 1.0 of Best Climbs Moab App is designed for use on iPhones, iPads, and iPods.
Version 2.0, available next spring, will be for use on other platforms like Android and will include even more routes and more areas!
You can look at screen shots of FalconGuides Best Climbs Moab App at the iTunes App Store from your Apple device or visit the iTunes Apps Store on your computer to order the App. Cost is $18.99. A free abbreviated version will be available in the next week or so.
Photograph above: The Best Climbs Moab App is now available for iPhones, iPads, and iPods at iTunes. Photograph © Stewart M. Green.