How to Edit a Guide
- To edit a guide log in as a registered user and you should see a button on the top left of the page "Edit this Guide". Press this and the guide goes in to edit mode.
- Once in edit mode, press the Edit button on a particular climb or piece of text to edit it.
- Once you've edited the details press Save to save your changes, or Cancel to discard them.
- To insert a climb or problem, scroll down to where your new climb fits in the guide and choose "climb" or "problem" from the appropriate <select> and press Insert. Fill out the fields and press Save when done.
- If the route is a sport route, cut and paste the "Þ" symbol into the Extra field. Your route will now appear in the crag summary chart as a sport climb.
- To insert a block of text or heading, choose text in the drop down then click insert. For a heading change the style drop down to heading 2 or heading 3.
- You can also add photos and topos. First attach your image to the page first using Tools -> Attachments in the top right of screen. Then upload your image.
- Then back in the guide choose "image" from the <select> and insert. When inserting an image select an appropriate width for display on the screen. The PDF generator uses the full resolution but resizes on the page to fit a column or full page. You can optionally flag an image not to appear in the printed guide.
- For images that will be printed in the guide, we require 300 dpi. Minimum width of images is 500 pixels, maximum 1800 pixels.
- If you want to start a whole new guide, then email Jon.
- Please see the style manual for descriptions and topos below.
Don't worry if you don't get it perfect, there are plenty of people who will fix stuff up.
Guide Book Style Guide
The following points give tips on how to write consistent text and route descriptions.
- Grammar: Please use correct English grammar and punctuation in climb descriptions, including correct use of capitals and proper sentences. Avoid txt style abbreviations. Remember it will be published in a book.
- Keep sentences short and punchy. Hemingway style. If in doubt, break sentences with multiple clauses into their own sentences.
- Capitalisation: Headings and climb names should be capitalised in Title Case.
- Punctuation: always place a space after fullstop, comma, colon or semi-colon, but never before. An ellipsis has 3 dots only. There should be a space bother before and after a dash.
- Spacing: only ever a single space. No blank lines.
- No space between the number and "m" or "km" where its a length eg "123m" not "123 m"
- Try to keep line breaks to a minimum, as they chew up space. But line breaks in a multi pitch climb are OK, they make it much more readable.
- For multipitch, the format is:
1. 30m 18. Blah.
2. 25m 26. Blah blah.
- Note - no brackets at all, use a dot after the pitch number and a dot after the grade.
- Put each pitch on a new line.
- For climbs, include the first ascent in the FA box. For boulders, no FA is recorded.
- No "FA" text is needed, just the name and date of the first ascensionist. FFA is ok in that case. Full names are preferred if available, otherwise like "J. Nermut" with a space after the full stop.
- Dates: Standard format is the 3 letter abbreviated month (with no full stop) with the full year. e.g. Jun 1974 or Dec 2007. Full stop at the end of the FA info.
- Abbreviations: Abbreviations for L and R are ok but not mandatory. BR, FH & DBB are also ok.
- Arête has a circumflex on the e.
- Guides should read left to right, with very few exceptions. However, keep in mind the direction the reader will be walking along the cliff line.
- Break climbs into sections based on buttresses or crags wherever possible. Use a heading2 or heading3 style text block to start the section.
Here is an example climb in the correct style:
Stud City 100m 19
The original classic on this part of the cliff, it is highly regarded. Well protected, it takes in the enormous flake that can be seen from just before the horizontal chimney on the sea level traverse. It is much easier to approach along the higher traverse line, the route along the base of these climbs, than from sea level. The climb begins straight above the horizontal chimney by the largest gum tree on the scrubby terrace.
1. 30m 18. Up right trending crack until the large hollow flake is reached. Traverse right, along the flake and up groove to belay on ledges.
2. 40m 19. Continue up to the flake, undercling right along the flake to its end. Move 3m right across slab to belay below water runnel chimney.
3. 30m 19. Move up chimney groove to finger crack, continue up until the climbing gets desperate, at which point it is possible to move left onto the wall, which is climbed to a small ledge and crack. Take the handcrack to top (keep the rope on for the tree-filled corner above).
B. Kennedy, T. Beaman, R. Muehlin, Jan 1977. FFA: H, Rock Daddy, Noel Baby.
Climb topo style guide
New topos should use the new topo tools. Add unannotated photos to the page on the Attachements page (under the Tools menu)
TO DO - tutorial on how to create them