Eyal Cohen is a good buddy, musician, engineer, rock climber, and now island.io team member who recently finished reworking the "My Ascents" page. See your bouldering and route climbing as an interactive timeline. Check out Kevin Macartney's routes:
Find out how much you've been improving over the years or how much stronger you used to be. Here's Kevin's onsights from 2010 (feed filtered to 5.12b):
But that's not all! Ascent pages now have charts for visualizing grade concensus. Here's Skipper D in Rocky Mountain National Park:
Let us know if there's any features you'd like to have! Thank you to everyone who has been sending in feedback.
Sharpen your procrastination skills with the new Recent Media page.
Photos and videos posted on their own or with an ascent log will show up here. Enable Enhanced Privacy Mode in your settings to restrict your private/secret content to followers.
Share more easily with the new share button.
Click share next to the nod and comment links underneath ascents/work or use the bigger share button found at the top of some pages.
Facebook previews... videos will show up too!
We use CartoDB's Static Maps to share images of crags. You can also just copy and paste links to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.
Crag and ascent pages now have mini-Instagram feeds in addition to their main activity feeds.
Good stuff comes through for most crags. Climbers definitely love Instagram :) There's less for most ascents, but those with unique names do okay.
Lots of ascents don't show any climbing content. Instead, you may learn something about the origin of the climb's name!
Merry Christmas from Island,
Now you can see weather data for your climbing sessions.
Forecast.io is fun to work with. For any given time and location, it will give you a daily summary and a 24 hour hourly forecast beginning at the specified time. For sessions, we report daily values for temperature, dew point, humidity, cloud cover, wind speed, and the type and intensity of precipitation. For specific efforts, you'll see weighted hourly values if the time of day is provided.
We can do so much with weather! For now, we'll just report a few values. Understanding and making good use of weather in rock climbing is crucial to performance.
Last winter, I spent a few weeks bouldering around Tennessee. I met some great people and climbed some of the best boulder problems I've ever seen. For the most part, the weather was great: very cold, windy, and sunny or just slightly overcast. On January 25th, the day I managed to scrape my way up the sandstone slab called Space at LRC, it was just above freezing and breezy.
Enjoy the winter.
* On Island, you can log a completed climb, called an "ascent", or just some time spent working on a route / boulder problem, which we are calling "work". These are both more generally referred to as "efforts":
A "session" is defined by one or more "efforts" on the same day at a certain crag, as seen above.
More on Island's structure and terminology later!