It's time for a competition first of its kind in the history of Problemator!
The competition is available on ALL of the gyms using Problemator. And it includes ALL the routes/problems in the Problemator. When you login to Problemator HTML App, you'll notice a button telling that there is a competition going on in this gym. Click the button and it will take you to the registration dialog.
Registration is free. So just choose your category (Men or Women) and click Join the competition. You are all set! Then use the app as you would normally.
Then you can open the competition page from the dashboard:
You can click the "Problems" from the dashboard and use the app as you normally would:
Climb problems and you will gain points in the competition!
The points are shared like this:
Initially every problem gives 1000 points. The actual points to you are calculated by dividing this 1000 with the amount of ascents the problem/route has. If 40 climbers climb the route, it will give you 1000 / 40 = 25 points.
Every problem set to the gym you are climbing in is a competition problem. No matter how easy or hard the grade is, the points are defined by the formula above. So if there is a 7a which is climbed 100 times, there might be a 6a which is climbed only 80 times and it will earn you more points than the 7a.
So you can win the competition, even if you are not the best climber around. You can also go to nearby gyms and climb more problems there earning more valuable points. Maximum routes in this competition is around 4500 routes, so by climbing a lot problems you will gain a lot of points!
And the prizes:
1. 149e gift voucher to gym of your selection
2. 99e gift voucher to gym of your selection
3. 49e gift voucher to gym of your selection
1. 151e gift voucher to gym of your selection
2. 101e gift voucher to gym of your selection
3. 51e gift voucher to gym of your selection
Total value of prizes: 600e.
Please share information about this competition to your friends. It doesn't cost a dime. Just register to The Problemator HTML App, choose your gym and join the competition!
If your gym doesn't have Problemator yet, give the routesetters or staff a hint about The Problemator :)
You can check the results from Results page
If you want to be sneaky, you can check how many points each route scores from here. Remember, there are over 4500 problems, so there will be some scrolling/searching involved :D
The story behind The Problemator
During the past 8 years I've been running my climbing gyms. I've been trying different ways to make the life of myself and the life of routesetters' easier.
When having a climbing gym, beside good customer service, the routes/problems play a pretty big role. Usually there are complaints about routes being too dirty, too hard, changing too rarely and so on.
After many trials and errors I came up with The Problemator. It started by being a tool for routesetters to keep track of the routes. Routesetters in general are pretty lazy people when it comes to updating "the new routes"-list. First thing The Problemator did was showing list of new routes.
After that it started printing out route labels, because I didn't really fancy the felt marker scribbles on a tape. I tried several different printers, medias and variations until I found a printer which prints laminated tapes with reasonable price.
When The Problemator did those things I had info display, nice route labels and most importantly information about how old routes we had. How many of them. What was the grade distribution and how many routes each routesetter made.
The results were quite astonishing. In 2014 and 2015 there were approximately 3000 routes made each year. That's over 8 new routes for each day of the year!
Being a climber myself, I also wanted to keep track of the routes I climbed. So I developed an HTML5 Mobile App (runs with every phone with a browser). First it tracked only routes I climbed. Then I added little bit of interaction between routesetters and climbers. Routesetters can inform about the routes which are soon replaced and climbers can report route likes, loves, dirtyness, grade opinions and if the route is dangerous.
Because security is a key priority, dangerous reporting is pretty valuable. Unfortunately dangerous routes get fixed only after the first or second injury. That's way too much in my opinion. With Problemator climbers can usually report a dangerous problem before accident happens. Every accident prevented with simple piece of software is a little victory :)
Some other gyms asked if it would be possible to have Problemator in their gym also. Why not, I thought - and here we are. Problemator has been launched and it has seen its first international customers outside Finland.