We use icons to communicate different route properties and functionalities. The idea is to make the user experience as nice as possible by providing a lot of information in an easily digestible format.
Route properties give information about the route in the format of pictures. The main point of the properties is to describe the most dominant qualities of the route, not to describe every single hold.
This means that even if a route has crimpers, tufas, slopers and jugs, we suggest using a maximum of 2 hold types which represent the route the best overall.
Also, a route can have a slabby start and then change to vertical. In these cases, we recommend using only one steepness icon which represents the route best (if this is possible).
Overall, we suggest you use a maximum of 5 route properties per route.
Here's the complete list of icons used to describe routes:
Sport climbing route
Deep water solo route
Route has crimps
Route has slopers
Route has jugs
Route has cracks
Route has tufas
Route has pockets
Route is fingery
Route is powerful
Route has dyno(s)
Route requires endurance
Route is technical
Route is mental (e.g. scary, needs focus)
Route is mainly roof
Route is mainly overhanging
Route is mainly vertical
Route is mainly slab
Route has/is a traverse
Route has a sit start
Tops out in the last hold
Route requires trad gear
Route is dangerous
There's a beta video available
Accommodation recommended for climbers
Shop recommended for climbers
Route suggestions and topo making
The icons listed here are only relevant when making topos or adding information to an existing topo.
When you add a new route/info, you might encounter these icons:
Clicking the pen icon takes you to the editing area of the page you're browsing. You will only see the pen if you have the right to edit the info (if you are part of the team who has the maintainership).
The cloud shows that the info hasn't been backed up. When the topo info is backed up (by cellular or wifi), the icon will disappear and the info is safely stored.
The lightbulb identifies info that is still just a suggestion and is waiting for the topo authors approval. When the lightbulb is visible, the information is only shown to you and the team who maintains the topo.
When you see an exclamation mark over a topo line/picture, it means that this topo includes content that was added by people outside of the maintenance team. This content will be hidden when you publish the topo as Premium. You can either re-make the content or invite the person to your team in order to complete the topo.
The exclamation mark shows up also when you've added too much content to a free topo. The content with the exclamation mark won't show to anyone else until the topo is published as Premium.
The distance icon which you see in the crag list view of the app, tells you an estimation of how far away you are from the crag.
This filter icon is visible in the map view. Through it, you can choose filters that will affect which crags show on the map. For example, you choose to view only crags with a specific style of climbing (bouldering, sport, trad or dws).