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MP Mobile App: Partnered with Black Diamond and now Free


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Nick Wilder · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jan 2005 · Points: 3,879

Today we've released a new version of the mobile app (both iOS and Android) and we're announcing a major new partnership with Black Diamond. We at Mountain Project have been users and admirers of BD gear for many years and are pretty damn psyched to be working together. BD is committed to the climbing community, and their support of MP will further our mission to be the definitive resource for climbers.

What does this mean?

  • Thanks to BD's support, the mobile app is now FREE.
  • This app release includes several improvements, and more are in development.
  • Lists of routes show the type of climb (trad, sport, boulder, etc.).
  • Your personal star ratings of climbs are shown instead of averages.
  • You can get directions to the crag.
  • The Leading News (formerly called The Spray) can be read inside the app.

Over the next year, the BD partnership will help us focus more attention on the mobile app in general. You'll see more frequent updates, added features, and improved usability.

What if you already paid for the app? The new version of the app is an update to all older versions, including those that were paid for in the past. While we can't refund folks that supported us with their app purchase (hopefully you have found $5-8 a fair price), we want thank you for your financial contribution. MP is a labor of love by small handful of people, and your support has helped keep us going. If you don't feel like this is fair, and you bought the app in the last six weeks (after April 1, 2014), find your iOS/Android receipt, email it to admin at mountainproject dot com, and we'll get you a refund (via Paypal).

With many past versions of the app out there, we couldn’t test every possible upgrade path. It’s possible you will need to delete your current version before installing the new version. For Apple products, we now require iOS 6.1.
Mark NH · · 03053 · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 0

Great job Nick. Looks nice. The only problem I encountered was after updating the app it wouldn't download specific area updates. I deleted and re-installed the app - which required downloading all my areas again however there were no problems encountered doing this including the areas that originally needed updates.

iPhone 5 and latest iOS as reference.

teece303 · · Highlands Ranch, CO · Joined Dec 2012 · Points: 596

I like it. I upgraded without any hiccups from whatever version I had without any hiccups.

Jonathan Dull · · Boone, NC · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 405

Sick!!! I'm going to download it now!!!!

Josh Kornish · · tufaclimbing.com · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 840

+1 to Black Diamond! You guys kick ass!

Xam · · Boulder, Co · Joined Dec 2011 · Points: 71

New app killed my ipod touch. Updated MP app, which did not work. Erased MP app and reinstalled app, which did not work. Restarted ipod touch, which now stalls on apple logo on startup. I will get back with more info if I can get it to work again.

Xam · · Boulder, Co · Joined Dec 2011 · Points: 71

Ipod now starts after reboot sequence but new MP app does not work...MP screen flashes on but does not enter app. Note this is on an older 8gb 4th gen ipod touch so cool kids with newer toys will likely have better results.

jdejace · · New England · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 5

Good update.

Can those of us who paid get it ad free? This is pretty typical in the app world.

Nothing against BD, but I give them plenty of my money anyway without them taking up my screen real estate.

Rich Bergstrom · · Boulder, CO · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 10

Not to be a jerk, but is it possible to go back to the old paid version? App doesn't work on my LG phone. The old app was great.

Josh Janes · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2001 · Points: 9,015

Great new update: I've been asking for my star ratings to show for years now - thank you!

The new format is easier to read and the app is much faster.

All in all a great update, though the BD ads are much more intrusive than the old OR ones.

I too would pay for an ad-free version.

Alexander Blum · · Charlotte, NC · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 132

Another vote for the ad free version. I will GLADLY pay for no ads. I will consider deleting it without this option, as much as I love it.

hemp22 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2008 · Points: 50

New version also doesn't work on my phone - crashes immediately when trying to start up.
I tried uninstalling and reinstalling multiple times.
This is on a samsung galaxy S3 w/ android 4.1.2

I'd also prefer to go back to the paid version to be ad-free.

Nick Wilder · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jan 2005 · Points: 3,879

We are looking into a bug that seems to affect Galaxy S3 & S4 phones, as well as LG G2 phones. Hopefully this will only take a day or so to figure out. Thanks for your patience!

For the record, the prior version was not ad-free. But thanks for all the feedback, both positive and negative!

Alexander Blum · · Charlotte, NC · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 132

^He's right, I stand corrected. Sorry Nick. I'd still pay a fairly hefty sum for the ads to disappear.

Mark NH · · 03053 · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 0

Unfortunately there's essentially nothing in our life that's not littered with ads - somewhere. I don't find the BD ads obtrusive and think Nick should be commended for working out the deal with BD and making the app free.

And from my memory there have always been ads on MP web and the app.

For the folks that want ad free and don't want to use the app - don't use it. Good luck finding something as useful as MP that's ad free.

Chris B. · · San Francisco · Joined Oct 2013 · Points: 10

Updated the app from the paid version on my LG G2 running Android 4.4.2 and now I get a black screen on start up.

Nick - happy to help you debug this - PM me if you want some more info.

Thanks,

Chris

Burghschred Aliberti · · Bend, OR · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 105

You guys might want to put a warning that tells s4, s3 etc. Users not to update until you fix it. I was going to use the app to go climbing this afternoon but now I can't.

Nick Wilder · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jan 2005 · Points: 3,879

Android Update: We've identified the issue and should have a fixed version by late tonight. Thanks for your patience.

Chris B. · · San Francisco · Joined Oct 2013 · Points: 10

Updated to 2.8 and looking good now. Great work on the quick turn around.

Jamie K. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2013 · Points: 238

Updated app crashing on iPhone at launch. iPhone 3S, OS 6.1.6
Hopefully this will help track down the issue

saxfiend · · Decatur, GA · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 4,225

Thanks for the upgrade, Nick! Unfortunately, post-install, my iPhone flashes the app screen and then it disappears. Tried rebooting the phone, it still wouldn't launch; deleted and re-installed, still the same. Mine is an iPhone 5, OS level 6.1.4.

JL

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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