Access news: BMC launches new RAD app

Posted by Rob Dyer on 03/04/2018

Just launched: a shiny new RAD app that's much more functional than previous versions and works across iOS and Android devices. New features like navigation to parking, massively improved searches and weather/tidal information should make it your new best friend. Oh and did we mention it's free to download? Here's the full story...

The information on RAD (Regional Access Database) is ever evolving as land ownership changes, birds decide to nest where they hadn't previously, or one of many other variables. It's more important than ever to check RAD regularly in case new access arrangements have been made since the last time you visited a crag. By doing this and following the advice given you'll be doing your bit to help maintain access and fortunately it's never been easier to find this information than with the new RAD app.

Many of you will hopefully have seen the new website version of RAD which launched last year, but since then we’ve been busy developing a new and much-improved RAD app which is now available for iOS and Android. Beyond a modern look and much improved functionality, there are loads of new features which make it more useable than previous versions:

  • Over 2,800 crags featured covering all but the most esoteric of venues in England and Wales
  • ‘Navigate to’ buttons for parking and the crag
  • Three different search options, by: name, area and map
  • Weather info for each crag
  • Tidal info for all coastal crags
  • Easily save crags as favourites
  • Add comments about your crag experience
  • Links to relevant files and downloads available when a data connection is available
  • As with the previous versions, this app will work offline based on cached info from the last time it had a data connection, so if you're away from mobile data signal, you can still see information from the last time you had a connection.

WATCH: What is RAD on BMC TV?

DOWNLOAD: The RAD app for Android

DOWNLOAD: The RAD app for iOS

Regional Access Database (RAD)

The definitive source for all crag access information and nesting restrictions: www.thebmc.co.uk/rad

Install the RAD app on your Android and iOS devices:

Available for AndroidAvailable for iOS

 

RAD is community led and your comments help keep it up to date so don’t be afraid to add any relevant information after a crag visit which might be useful for other visitors – anything from conditions on the crag, favourite routes or reports of rockfall/other recent changes to the crag are all useful for other climbers visiting.

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The Access and Conservation Trust

The BMC's charity  the BMC Access & Conservation Trust  promotes sustainable access to cliffs, mountains and open countryside by facilitating education and conservation projects across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

By educating climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers to enjoy outdoor recreation while minimising their impact on the landscape, conserving the UK’s upland resources, and campaigning for improved access rights, ACT enables future generations to continue to enjoy outdoor activities and the physical, mental and social benefits they bring to individual lives and society in general.

READ: More about the recent work of ACT

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20/04/2018
How long does it normally take to moderate comments on here? Put a comment up a few days ago and still waiting moderation!
24/04/2018
Well done to the BMC for managing to roll out a useful app for both major smartphone platforms.
I just wish that the commercial companies developing apps for climbers could manage to do the same. I've been waiting a couple of years for a promised guidebook app for android & I get the feeling it will never get here.
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23/07/2018
How can a crag be added to the RAD? There's a new and important crag that is missing.

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