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Any rock climbers out there?

2 years ago from , Member of Technical Staff @trello

Hey DN, I've been working on "fitness tracker" (think Fitbit) for rock climbers. My background is in software engineering, but we've just engaged with an industrial designer to help with the physical design of the wristband. I'm wondering if there are any climbers lurking here who would be interested in video chatting with me for 15 minutes about a couple different design directions that we are considering taking. I'm mostly curious about your perspective as a climber, but also as a designer.

If you're curious on the project there's a (slightly outdated) demo video here: http://www.climbalytics.com/update/demo-video-of-prototype-2

Edit: To make this a little bit easier to schedule if you're interested in chatting you can pick a spot next Monday or Tuesday evening on my new Calendly or just shoot me an email: aaron@climbalytics.com

Thanks so much for your help!

13 comments

  • Martijn van de ZuidwindMartijn van de Zuidwind, 2 years ago

    Hi Aaron,

    I've been bouldering for a couple of years now. I haven't ever used a fitness tracker, but I'm happy to help you out via a video call.

    2 points
  • Frédéric AudetFrédéric Audet, 2 years ago

    Been climbing for about 13 years in many different styles (bouldering, trad & sport).

    1 point
  • Rafael Rodrigues, 2 years ago

    I love climbing outside and indoors! I have climbed out in Utah, Colorado, Bermuda, New Hampshire, and out in Nevada.

    1 point
  • Yitong ZhangYitong Zhang, 2 years ago

    I've been bouldering at the gym for a little over a year now. Also been top roping for the last 6 months. Once in a while, I'll boulder outdoors.

    0 points
  • Joe AlfonsoJoe Alfonso, 2 years ago

    Been climbing for a while and a fellow designer. Would love to talk.

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  • Gideon BGideon B, 2 years ago

    I have used Strava for biking -- it's popular with DH bikers and really competitive where I live. I feel like this would have a similar appeal. Don't overlook the social aspect and the outdoor aspect. The best parts of Strava are finding new trails in a zone you thought you knew and competing for the top spot on a trail.

    On that same note -- is phone GPS accurate enough to track the climb position? If so, wouldn't it be possible to do something similar for outdoor climbing without the need for hardware?

    You have probably already thought of this but you should get in touch with the organizations that run bouldering and climbing contests. I remember doing those as a kid -- in the qualifier round you would keep track of every climb with pen and paper. Those contests would need less volunteers if the climb tracking was automated.

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  • Andrew PairmanAndrew Pairman, 2 years ago

    I climb indoors (bouldering) on a weekly basis and occasionally climb outdoors (trad). Happy to help.

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  • Taylor LapeyreTaylor Lapeyre, 2 years ago

    I go climbing at places like Yosemite every weekend. Mostly trad. Climb indoors (lead/TR/bouldering) three times or more a week and hangboard the other days. I consider climbing to be my number one hobby/passion. Would be happy to chat after the trip I'm going on this weekend (lover's leap!).

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  • Aaron Wears Many HatsAaron Wears Many Hats, 2 years ago

    I don't know if a wristband tracker is the right option in climbing - I don't know about others, but I take my watch and things off when going up (I do a bit of indoor climbing).

    Maybe something to hang off a carabiner would work better, as a suggestion? It might be something I'm just identifying through my own preference rather than a wider need.

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