Boulder Problems

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does the star rating represent?

The star rating indicates a problem's quality. Problems are graded from 1 to 5 stars, as follows:

★ 1 star:
Poor. Forgettable choss, of little interest to most climbers.
★★ 2 stars:
Fair. Not total choss, but you wouldn't climb it again.
★★★ 3 stars:
Good. The vast majority of problems fall into this category.
★★★★ 4 stars:
Great! A must-do problem, though less than perfect.
★★★★★ 5 stars:
Excellent! A nearly perfect problem, always classic for its area.

This system is based heavily on a modified version of The Star System, written up by Jamie Emerson, and in further detail by Max Zolotukhin. For the sake of internet user-friendliness, I simplified the system further by dropping 0 and 6 stars and shifting the scale very slightly. But the general idea remains the same.

How do I export my tick list?

Unlike certain other tick list trackers, we are committed to always giving you unrestricted access to your data. If you decide that boulderproblems.com is not for you (we hope not!), you can take your

To download your ticks, go to your Tick List and click the Download .csv button at the bottom of the page. The download is a standard CSV file that can be opened in Excel or any spreadsheet application.

What do the "Try" options mean?

When you add a send to your tick list, you'll see an option to record on which "try" you sent the problem. The options are:

  • Redpoint:

    It took you more than one try to send. This is the most common option.
  • Flash:

    You sent the problem on your first try, but had beta or watched someone else climb it first.
  • Onsight:

    You sent the problem on your first try, with no beta or previous knowledge of the climb.
  • Repeat:

    You've previously sent the problem, and now are repeating it.

Why can't I add routes?

I'm primarily a boulderer and wanted to create a site focused on bouldering. There are already great web sites with extensive route databases (rockclimbing.com, mountainproject.com), but no authoritative source for bouldering information. This is my attempt to improve that situation.

What are these "RSS Feeds" and how do I use them?

Whenever you see one of these orange icons , it means that an RSS feed is available for that particular content.

RSS feeds are, simply, a way to subscribe to content on the internet. When you subscribe to an RSS feed, you are notified whenever the content changes, without having to visit a website.

It's easy to get started. If you have a Google account, this link will guide you through the simple process: http://www.google.com/support/reader/bin/answer.py?answer=113517

If you'd rather use a desktop RSS feed reader, this site explains the process: http://www.whatisrss.com/.

Boulder Problems currently offers two public feeds, with more to come soon:

Why Is {Very Important Feature} Broken/Missing?

Boulder Problems is in heavy development and a lot of new features are planned for release soon. So it's probably on the way! Feel free to send me an email or post your request on the Facebook Discussion Board.