Brian Florence and I recently did a first edition Carderock guidebook on rakkup as a labor of love. The rakkup app works on iPhones and Android. The app is free on the Google and Apple stores. Our guidebook is an add-on purchase for $5.99.
This winter, when the leaves are gone from the trees, we will be busy taking new photographs for the second edition. After that, we are debating whether we should also publish a print version.
I think rakkup has the right idea for the future. Nobody wants to throw a heavy guidebook into their crag pack, which is already full of important things. But, everyone keeps their cell phones on their body, no matter what.
And, because the rakkup app uses the phone’s GPS, it navigates to crags in a way that a print guidebook can’t.