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Site Landlord
Oct 14, 2009
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Andy & I have finished a new feature called "The Classics". It's a list of the classic climbs at almost all areas. If an area has no climbs that we deem classic, there are non listed.

This feature should be really fun & useful. Andy is currently in Red Rocks, and found himself browsing areas really appreciating when the poster (or admin) included links to classic climbs in the description. And it then dawned on us that we have plenty of data from user behavior to surface a selection of classic routes for every area.

Really handy when visiting a new area or formation. For instance, you can see a set of "classic" routes at just Suicide, or just Split Rocks @ Jtree, or a list covering all of Josh.

The "Classic Ranker" that chooses the climbs is our top-secret patent-pending system that we think does a pretty good job based on the areas we know.

Some examples (scroll down a bit to see The Classics):
Red Rock Nevada:
Colorado Alpine:
The Trapps (Gunks):
Nick Wilder
From The Bubble
Joined Jan 1, 2005
1,812 points
Oct 14, 2009
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This is stellar great addition! matthewWallace
From plymouth, nh
Joined Nov 20, 2008
8,570 points
Oct 14, 2009
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Thats sweet! Most of those (in my area) are already on my todo list.

From Boulder, Colorado
Joined Jun 24, 2008
110 points
Oct 14, 2009
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Awesome feature. Makes it really easy to check out an area.

Suggestion would be to sort them by type (Sport/Trad/Bouldering) and grade so that it is a lot easier to read. Or at least grade (which would automatically sort bouldering from the others).
Andy Librande
From Denver, CO
Joined Nov 7, 2005
1,949 points
Oct 14, 2009
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wicked cool Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
1,522 points
Oct 14, 2009
Nice job, I really like the addition. Joe Kreidel
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Dec 29, 2007
1,630 points
Oct 14, 2009
Great new feature.

I would add High Test to the classics of Seneca.
Chris Clarke
From La Paz, BO
Joined Apr 7, 2009
130 points
Oct 14, 2009
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great addition! AJS
From Boulder, CO
Joined Mar 4, 2008
33 points
Oct 14, 2009
Nice feature. Note: for the telluride area, Seamstress Corner should maybe be deleted from the list if the criteria includes popularity. This route may see one ascent a year if even. chosspector
From San Juans, CO
Joined Oct 19, 2008
1,331 points
Oct 14, 2009
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This is awesome! Thanks! JacobD
From Flagstaff, AZ
Joined Jun 18, 2006
836 points
Oct 14, 2009
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Seems like there is something fishy for areas that have 5.14.

If you notice in the classics in Rumney two routes are out of order

I see the following at the top instead below the 5.13's
Cold War 5.14a Sport Waimea
China Beach 5.14b Sport Waimea

Smith Rock also has this problem...

Great feature!!

- Luke
Luke Stefurak
From Seattle, WA
Joined Jan 26, 2006
2,413 points
Oct 14, 2009
I'm just happy the 'Dacks have a classics area. Have to make sure more make it onto the list. Now if the weather would cooperate. Nathan Stokes
Joined Oct 20, 2008
439 points
Oct 14, 2009
One tweak to consider might be to link the consensus rating with the rating shown, since often the initial rating (the one currently listed) is that of one user and not necessarily reflective of the general climbing community. Leo Paik
From Westminster, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
23,470 points
Oct 14, 2009
Great work Nick and Andy!

Have you considered setting up PayPal accounts to allow members to show appreciation to all the people making it happen at MP? I would contribute gladly. You guys are doing a great job.
Eric J
From 50000;74000
Joined May 18, 2005
3 points
Site Landlord
Oct 27, 2009
Rock Climbing Photo: Racked and loaded... name that splitter behind me?...
"Classics" browser.

Nick just finished this...

It allows you to easily browse classics by area. The first page is the most classic routes in the entire database, as determined by MP's algorithm.

Kind of a cool list! How many have you done????????

ps. Just noticed a bug, it caches other people's star ratings. BUT the list is accurate. *** from Nick: Fixed.
Andy Laakmann
From Bend, OR
Joined Jan 1, 2001
2,415 points
Oct 27, 2009
Awesome list.

I have done 20 of them but I have rarely climbed in CO where many of the best moderates on the list are located.
Chris Clarke
From La Paz, BO
Joined Apr 7, 2009
130 points

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