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2019 Year in Review

posted Dec 31, 2019, 11:43 AM by Site Admin   [ updated Dec 31, 2019, 12:23 PM ]
Climbing continues to explode in popularity in Halifax, fuelled by the massive popularity of SBB, a trend we can expect to continue in 2020 with 2 new gyms. The community growth was reflected in Mobeta users up 28.6% and sessions up 56.46% over 2018. More climbers getting outside more often!

+28.6% Unique Users
+56.46% Sessions

Our friends from across Canada come overwhelmingly from Montreal (10.84% of site traffic), with Toronto and Calgary a distant 2nd and 3rd. I'm pretty sure Calgary is all Zig pressing F5.

1. Montreal
2. Toronto
3. Calgary

The most popular climbing areas this year were Dover, Polly's Cove and Area 51. Dover has been number 1 for several consecutive years. Polly's Cove is a sign of a vibrant growing community since it's very popular with new climbers. The big surprise here was a +383.77% increase in the popularity of Area 51, fuelled by the first female ascent of Kleos V9. Corn and bung was pushed out of the top 3 for the first time in Mobeta history!

1. Dover
2. Polly's Cove
3. Area 51

In terms of content, 2019 was the biggest year in the history of Mobeta. Staying true to our mantra that "low grades matter", 178 new beta videos ≤V6 were added to the site. Hard lines got their share of love with 44 new videos V7 and above.

178 videos under V6
44 videos V7 and above
= 222 new videos!

Besides climbing and filming >200 boulder problems in high quality and overhauling the majority of topos with much better images, my personal project for 2019 has been rescuing climbs from obscurity. I did at least 10 second ascents V7 and too many 3rd ascents to bother counting. Many of these obscure problems have been unrepeated for nearly 2 decades! On the ultra obscure front, I scrubbed and sent the Big 4 in Grover demystified those elusive beauties. Grover is the 56th most popular topo, so everything is obscure by default. Scary, dirty, unrepeated highballs especially so. The community added 5 new boulder problems ≥ V7, a number I expect will only increase moving forward.

5 First Ascents (≥ V7)
>13 Second Ascents (≥ V7)

2019 was a fantastic year, but the best is yet to come. Happy new years! Onwards and upwards!

Site Admin,
Dec 31, 2019, 11:46 AM