rakkup allows you to access an entire bookshelf of climbing and backcountry skiing guidebooks on your iPhone, even beyond the reach of cell phone coverage. Once downloaded, guidebooks work offline with no Internet connection! It is also the first and only mobile climbing app that navigates you through the trail system to your climb, turn by turn. Produced in partnership with Outdoor Research, rakkup reinvents the guidebook for the smartphone era.

We've partnered with Wolverine Publishing and other publishers to bring you rich guidebooks complete with color photos and topo drawings. Free sample climbs and ski descents are included.

Browse climbs and descents on a map or in the list format of your choice, filter and search in seconds, then navigate using your phone's GPS with a single tap. In climbing guidebooks, the app continuously calculates the easiest route through the trail system from your current location. Simply follow the arrow and moving map.

Note: When actively navigating to a climb, rakkup uses GPS in background. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

What’s New

Version 28.0

Version 28 is our biggest redesign in rakkup history! Whether you climb, ski the backcountry, or both, rakkup is better than ever. New layouts for larger phones, iPads, and landscape orientation let you page through an entire guidebook in just a few taps. Split-screen views let you visualize guidebook contents on a map and see what you're looking at clearly and quickly. Search is always just a tap away. Our improved store makes it a snap to find guidebooks near you.
User of iOS 12 will want to be sure to get this update for best compatibility and reliability, too.

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
18 Ratings
18 Ratings
Billfrank ,

Very good. Small bugs

Awesome app. Makes finding routes extremely easy and gives simple descriptions of approaches. Pictures of the walls with graphed lines for each climb is very organized and boosts the climbing experience so much. My only problem is a few bug fixes. The main one is a glitch that happens after I blow up the route pictures to full screen and then try and shrink it down to read the description, about half the time it flashes to a tan screen and I have to restart the app to get it functioning. It is extremely annoying. Please get this fixed. Also the GPS system is a little touch and go. Great when it works but only works about 20 percent of the time. Looking forward to new books!!

Developer Response ,

Hi, I'm pleased to say that full-screen bug was only out there for a short time and was fixed just after this review. Sorry for the inconvenience! We'd always love to hear about your experience with GPS navigation, which works very reliably for most users and in our tests. Email us at and let us know how we can make it better!

Janisikskier ,

Decision Making Tool

The snow sports side of this app is certainly fun to play with and drool over sweet lines. But where it really shines is with the tools for helping the decision making process in avalanche terrain. The filter function, hazard explanations, and intuitive navigation are good examples. What sets Rakkup apart as an app is its reliance on professional authors including mountain guides, ski guides and renowned athletes. In the high consequence world of avalanche terrain travel, reliable information is paramount. It’s nice to see an app developer take this seriously.

PdxYeager ,

Gorgeous and intuitive

The maps, interactivity between routes/photos, and the climbing log all integrated into one app are awesome. Make beta notes for yourself after a burn to review for the red-point attempt. Swipe between lines to make sure you know what your about to get on. It's intuitive, and at least for the Portland area really helpful.


Outdoor Geeks LLC
34.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
© (c) Outdoor Geeks, LLC 2011-2018
In-App Purchases
  1. Exit 38 Rock Climbs $9.99
  2. Powerlinez $11.99
  3. Backcountry Skiing California's Eastern Sierra $19.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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