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New Feature: Season Charts


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

As announced here , Area pages now have Season Charts on them that let you when the best (most popular) times to climb.

Check out this cool new Factoid showing some areas with the longest and shortest seasons.

And please see the main announcement for more details.

Rob Dillon · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2002 · Points: 730

Is 'best' the same as 'most popular'? Discuss.

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

It is based on tick data, so it represents when people are climbing the most. This means are exceptions to "best" being the same as "most popular", if we could all agree what "best" means... For example, there is a huge spike in Joshua Tree in March which has more to do with spring break than it being "better" than February. But for the most part, these charts are very good indicators of the "best" time to climb, if you take best to mean moderate temps, sun exposure, and precipitation.

Of course, for many of you, "best" might mean the least crowded, no matter what the conditions, and these charts are upside for you!

We will add average high/low temperatures and precipitation to these charts at some point in the future.

Rob Dillon · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2002 · Points: 730

Ah. So 'best' really means 'best time to encounter college students enamored of the 'tick' feature.'

Y'all are well on your way to monetizing this immense trove of data. The next Facebook. Soon you will be private-jetting to all these destinations in the 'best' season for encountering vacationing Swedish flight attendants! I wish you the very best in this endeavor.

RyanJohnson · · Tucson, Arizona · Joined Jun 2007 · Points: 341
Rob Dillon wrote:Ah. So 'best' really means 'best time to encounter college students enamored of the 'tick' feature.'
Gotta get data from somewhere.
Morgan Patterson · · CT · Joined Oct 2009 · Points: 8,864

This is sweet!!! Nice work Nick!

Kyle Stapp · · Pennsylvania · Joined Dec 2012 · Points: 3,550

Morgan Patterson said: This is sweet!!! Nice work Nick!

+1. Definitly adds to the usefulness of this site.

Paul Zander · · Bern, CH · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 734

I like it. It looks like for small subareas, often the data is from a larger area higher in the hierarchy. this makes sense. I think it would be useful to have a label somewhere that states what area the data is coming from.

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