Finding Climbing Walls with BaseMap
by BaseMap Staff
GPS Apps Are a Game Changer
On my bookshelf sits a worn, dog-eared copy of “Oklahoma Select: a Climber’s Guide,” by Tony Mayse – a world-class climber himself. The margins are dotted with handwritten notes I’ve added over the years. Some notes detail what gear is needed for a particular climb or anchor, but most of the notes are detailed instructions on how to find the climb or wall. As a newbie, I spent about as much time finding climbing walls as I did actually climbing them.
Though I will always treasure that note-filled book and the many others that line my bookshelves, I’m happy to say I’ve found a much more convenient, organized way to keep track of that kind of information. Using the BaseMap App on my desktop and phone has been a game changer. The offline mapping and tracking has all but eliminated the need to bring a guidebook to find the climbing wall. While researching before heading out, I can mark points of interest on my map, such as a turning point in a trail. I can even upload pictures of the wall to be placed on my map at the exact location of the climbing area. This helps me identify the correct area I am looking to find, especially when I am going to a new area.