rakkup 4+

Climbing and Ski Guidebooks

Outdoor Geeks, LLC

Designed for iPad

    • 3.1 • 7 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



rakkup allows you to access an entire bookshelf of climbing and backcountry skiing guidebooks on your iPhone, even beyond the reach of cell phone coverage. Once downloaded, guidebooks work offline with no Internet connection! It is also the first and only mobile climbing app that navigates you through the trail system to your climb, turn by turn. Produced in partnership with Outdoor Research, rakkup reinvents the guidebook for the smartphone era.

We've partnered with Beacon Guidebooks, Wolverine Publishing ,and other publishers to bring you rich guidebooks complete with color photos and topo drawings. Free sample climbs and ski descents are included.

Browse climbs and descents on a map or in the list format of your choice, filter and search in seconds, then navigate using your phone's GPS with a single tap. In climbing guidebooks, the app continuously calculates the easiest route through the trail system from your current location. Simply follow the arrow and moving map.

Note: When actively navigating to a climb, rakkup uses GPS in background. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

What’s New

Version 40.0

Improved topo maps for our climbing guidebooks, and support for updating to new editions.

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Jon Fairchild ,

Great for winter backcountry, mostly

Indispensable source of maps, backcountry ski and safety info, and GPS location (for Cameron Pass in Colorado anyway). However, a bug sometimes makes it difficult to find your way and safely return to your car. It seems to happen if you haven’t used the app for a while, then start using it when already out of internet connectivity. Base maps and, more importantly, trail lines do not appear - only the trail symbols are visible. The problem resolves itself when you have connectivity again. So if you are relying on this app for navigation, make sure to “warm it up” while you still have Internet the day you head out there.

Crypple ,

Two stars for effort, not safe to climb from tho

Update: ugh, still no beta on how much gear, quick draws, types of anchors or even the height of each route. This app should come with a free bail-biner. 😬

First up, I like the app. It has a lot of features that MP is missing and the ease of locating areas and routes is second to none. All that is awesome, however much of the beta is totally wrong, so I can't give it a good rating.

I bought the Smith Rock guide and here is what I found:
1) areas have different names to mountain project. This is old info and lacks many of the well established routes
2) many routes labeled as '1 pitch' that are actually 2 or 3. Be sure to cross reference with MP. Some climbs are totally wrong. One classic is listed as 1 pitch but It's 3 pitches (can be 2) and no way can you lower off the top with one 60m as described.
3) no length on pitches. Want to know if it's a 45', 80' or 100'+ route? Tough luck

The other HUGE issue is no mention at all of of how much gear is needed. Want to know how many bolts to the anchors? How many QD's or slings to bring? Tough luck. Gotta love the irony of an app called 'rackkup' that has zero mention of your rack 😂

Don't rely on this app for your beta, this is an alpha version at best.

Devs: I bought your content and applaud your effort but beyond route finding this app is pretty useless if not dangerous. I look forward to updates and will update my review as they roll out.

M A K B ,

A Step up in Digital Guidebooks

The app is user friendly and includes and ever-increasing amount of beloved climbing areas. It’s also a great way to find out about smaller climbing areas that don’t quite warrant a print guidebook yet.

App Privacy

The developer, Outdoor Geeks, LLC, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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