PDF Crag Guide

Websites and mobile devices are all very well but at the end of the day there's still a need for the good old printed guidebook. The best way to print information from thecrag.com is as a PDF Crag Guide.

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These guides can be produced for any crag in our index. A PDF Crag Guide puts all the available information from our site into a pre-formatted, personalized guidebook that is designed for easy printing as a folded booklet. Perfect for taking to a crag and on routes.

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Key features

Key features close up

  • Quality ratings: 1-3 stars based theCrag.com users' ratings.
  • Popularity ratings: Charts based on how often the route is climbed relative to the most-climbed route at the crag, based theCrag.com users' ascent logs.
  • Tags: Frequently used keywords extracted from theCrag.com users' comments.
  • Personalization: If you've logged ascents at theCrag.com, your tick icons will appear in the Crag Guide. We'll also use your ticks to recommend routes for you.
  • Grade icons: The 'must do' routes at each grade level are highlighted.

How to create a PDF Crag Guide

As you browse through the index, click on the 'Downloads' tab for the area you want to generate a guide for.*

To download, click on the 'PDF' icon and follow the process from there. When the PDF has been generated an email notification will be sent to your inbox.

You can also access your PDF Crag Guides on the site. Click on > 'My Account' > 'Action' > 'Review Crag Guide PDFs'.

* Please note, that currently you must be at a crag level or lower to generate a guide. You cannot download a guide for a whole region.

Updates

Update your Crag Guide regularly to get the most recent stats, keywords, topos, descriptions, etc.

Tips for printing

The PDF Crag Guides are designed to be printed as a folded booklet. This will save paper and make for a print-out that is easier to use when you're climbing. (If the directions below make it all sound too hard then of course it's fine to print it out any way you like.)

If you have a printer than can print double-sided:

  1. In Adobe Reader click on 'File' then select 'Print...'
  2. In the 'Page Scaling' dropdown select 'Booklet Printing'
  3. Check that 'Booklet Subset' is set to 'Both sides'
  4. Ensure that double sided printing is selected under Printer Properties
  5. Click 'OK' to print the document
  6. The pages should come off the printer ready to be folded in half into a small booklet. You can put in a couple of staples to help hold it together.

If you have a printer than can print only single-sided:

  1. In Adobe Reader click on 'File' then select 'Print...'
  2. In the 'Page Scaling' dropdown select 'Booklet Printing'
  3. Under 'Booklet Subset' select 'Front side only'
  4. Click 'OK' to print the document
  5. Now comes the tricky bit. (You may have to experiment a couple of times with your printer to work out how to orient the paper). Take the pages that you've just printed and put them back into your printer's paper tray facing the other way so the printer will now print on the other side.
  6. In Adobe Reader click on 'File' then select 'Print...'
  7. In the 'Page Scaling' dropdown check that 'Booklet Printing' is still selected
  8. Under 'Booklet Subset' select 'Back side only'
  9. Click 'OK' to print the document.
  10. The pages should now come off the printer ready to be folded in half into a small booklet. You can put in a couple of staples to help hold it together.

Troubleshooting

Paper jam at step 9

If at step 9 you find that you get paper jams as the printer tries to feed paper that it has already printed on one side, you may need to repeat steps 6-9 one page at a time (ie Select 'Sheets from 1 to 1', then 'Sheets from 2 to 2', etc).

Pages come out with double printing on the one side or pages upside down at step 10

This means that when you've put the pages in for the second lot of printing they were facing the wrong way in the paper tray. It might take a couple of tries to get this right, but is pretty easy once you've got the hang of it.