Spraycaster Climbing Logbook App For iPhone/iPod Touch

Spraycaster Climbing Logbook App For iPhone/iPod Touch

Spraycaster is a new application that was recently released for Apple’s iPhone (or iPod Touch).  It’s main purpose is to serve as another method for keeping track of the climbs you do on a given day.  If you are the kind of person that likes to meticulously log your training sessions this app could be helpful.

The way the app works is that you can log each route you climb, indicating whether it was done on lead or not as well as if you onsighted/flashed or simply redpointed.  Based on the criteria entered for each route, a score is assigned to indicate the overall effort associated with whatever it is that you did. 

Spraycaster 1 Spraycaster 2 

Spraycaster 3  Spraycaster 4

I haven’t really climbed at all since this app was released, so I haven’t had a chance to see if the points system used makes sense or not in practice.  From just playing with some dummy values the scoring system seemed logical though.

Once you save the climbs, you can go back and view the log for an individual day in your history.  The basic premise is that you should be able to easily compare your training days based on the score the app has assigned to each day.

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Spraycaster comes with a few different grading scale options that can be configured through the main iPhone Settings menu.  You can also enter your Twitter account information in the event you want to spray down your Twitter followers with the super sick training day you just had.

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Spraycaster is newly released which means it has its fair share of features that have yet to be implemented.  The most notable is the inability for users to log boulder problems.  There are also a few bugs that should be worked out in future versions.

If you have an iPhone and are looking for something else to play around with, Spraycaster isn’t a bad option.  It might not be a bad idea to wait to see what future updates have in store, but at $.99 it isn’t exactly going to break the bank.  Plus, the author of the app has promised to donate a portion of the money generated by the app to Red River Gorge route maintenance intitiatives.  You can check it out in iTunes by clicking here.

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15 Responses to Spraycaster Climbing Logbook App For iPhone/iPod Touch

  1. Ben January 28, 2009 at 9:48 am #

    Nice! I’ve been waiting for someone to write an app like this. I’m not sure if I have the devotion to enter everything I do, but I’m definitely going to check it out. FYI, it also works for the iPod Touch as well as the iPhone.

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    • Narc January 28, 2009 at 9:49 am #

      Good call. I guess as an iPhone owner I tend to forget that the touch is still out there.

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  2. Ben January 28, 2009 at 9:51 am #

    I’m a slave to Verizon… in AZ their coverage is so much better out in the boonies. I wish the iPhone was on Verizon 🙁

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  3. sock hands January 28, 2009 at 10:02 am #

    twitter link to spraycaster? as passive by comparison, 8spray.spew just got a whole lot more palatable by stalwart climbers everywhere.

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    • Mark January 28, 2009 at 11:29 am #

      You know you’d love to be able to post to twitter. I may hack it so it sends an email to the people at AP news every time I onsight a 5.9. AP almost reaches as many people as my Twitter and Facebook pages do, but, sometimes I feel like boycotting web 2.0.

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  4. sock hands January 28, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    twitter is not necessary…. it’s based on phones, right? if so, then i stand firm: anyone who is not on their computer, reading my posts in real time, is dead to me.

    speaking of controversy and telling people what’s on your mind regardless of whether they care: after watching documentaries from non-bush supporters, i am less against the war in iraq, thought the spending and messy occupation is very regrettable. in fact, i’d potentially support more such overthrows of other bastards practicing genocide and generally using military forces against unarmed citizens on massive scales. this raises questions of israel as well, though like other foreign policy, i do not know enough to make a sound judgment…. but maybe that’s the point….

    the media shows images. the american public sees innocent civilians getting slaughtered… they demand action, justice…

    the media reports on lost soldiers, distraught families, and the insane cost of war… the american public demands withdrawal…

    i’m not really sure anymore. many civilians have been injured or killed as a result of the american presence in iraq, but holy shit it has got to be fundamentally better than the total annhilation of the kurds with mustard gas and assination squads, then subsequent bulldozing of entire cities.


    what’s worse is that there are men as evil as saddam, who have been at the genocide game for far longer.

    is it ok if a dictator only kills within national borders? what is the ultimate test for when the world should intervene?

    in any event, seems like the media should have let the WMDs debat go and focus on the murdering taking place.

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    • Mark January 28, 2009 at 11:37 pm #

      Well, on the more important thing you talked about…

      Twitter, can be done as SMS texts or online, which would mean, I can still hang on your every word.

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  5. sock hands January 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm #

    narc get to the bottom of this: if mystique really is as sticky as HF, but HF wears out super quicker, why does HF even exist anymore? if i were you, i would demand answers. i’d take this to 5.10 bitches on facebook, including and not limited to the nicface, but i cannot open pandora’s box today.

    also, they seem to claim on their little chart that onyxx is also as sticky as HF and mystique, and wears longer than c4. if so, why does c4 still exist?


    finally: if they have not yet picked up a certain flannery and booted less worthy males from their team, why?

    their women’s bouldering crew is hands down the best assemblage on the planet [though sportiva’s got them on sport ladies], so why would they not add a flannery and nail that coffin closed for good?


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    • Narc January 30, 2009 at 6:14 am #

      Good question, I was kind of wondering that same thing myself. We will open Pandora’s box soon…

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  6. Rockman January 30, 2009 at 10:01 pm #

    Thanks everyone. Spraycaster started as an application for me, but soon spread to a few of my friends, then was rebuilt twice to incorporate extra features. Bouldering grades are coming, and with all iphone applications (that I know of), updates are free.

    The website is up and running, (95%), and feature requests are being collected. Of course, not all requests will be able to be implemented, but I hope to have an app that everyone can use.

    And Narc said, a portion of the proceeds are going to the RRGCC.org, for bolts, and the purchase of the PMRP. More info on the website.

    Thanks again.


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  7. Rockman February 11, 2009 at 5:08 pm #

    Just wanted to let everyone know that version 2.5 is out, which includes bouldering grades, along side routes for those full-value days.

    Also, ver 3 is almost ready which will include, French, Portuguese, and Spanish

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  8. Ryan J February 12, 2009 at 9:56 pm #

    I dont know much about iPhone/pod/tunes so this might be a dumb question…

    will spraycaster work on a vista computer, just off the desktop?? do i have to d/l (and/or keep) itunes to get it??

    pls help!

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    • Narc February 12, 2009 at 10:03 pm #

      This sort of program only works if you have an iPhone/iPod Touch. 99% sure about that.

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  9. Rami James May 12, 2012 at 3:17 am #

    Me and a few other good climbing buddies have been working on a climbing and tech based startup since last august which really has this idea at the core: getting people to climb more on a regular basis makes for better climbers..

    We’re getting ready to launch a climbing trainer app called Climbing Monster for the iphone.

    It will have a log builder and history for keeping track of your progress and a unique algorithm for automatically building training sessions on the fly. Core stuff, gym training, etc.

    It’s going to be exactly what climbers need to get to the next level! 🙂

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