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2016 - A Year in Numbers

Total logged ascents: 549,588 (1,506 ascents/day)

Thanks to our meticulously designed logbooks, photo galleries and forums, we are privy to plenty of numerical data on people's climbing, photography and forum habits. You can keep track of your own peaks and troughs, but what were the annual trends in 2016? Paul Phillips delved deep into the UKC and UKH data mines to see what he could find and produced these interactive graphs...

Stats Collage


Where did you climb?

Which disciplines were most popular?

Which months were busiest for a particular discipline?

Which were the most popular crags?

Here are the top 150 logged crags. Stanage 'Popular' lives up to its name once again...

Stanage PopularStanage PlantationBurbage NorthBirchen EdgeFroggatt EdgeStanage NorthAlmscliffWindgather RocksCurbar EdgeBurbage South Valley BouldersRoaches Lower TierAustraliaCraig Bwlch y Moch TremadogRoaches Upper TierBamford EdgeBrimham RocksMillstone EdgeWyndcliffe QuarryThe CuttingsCheyne Wears AreaScugdale Scot CragsHorseshoe QuarryCheddar Gorge NorthWintours LeapShepherds CragSierra de ToixCratcliffe TorSymonds YatFairy Cave QuarryCastle Inn QuarryBen NevisChulillaBowden DoorsLawrencefieldBosigranCaley CragsBus Stop QuarryMargalefWinspitCastle NazeSennenHarborough RocksRivelin EdgeGiggleswick SouthRaven Crag LangdaleGogarth North Stack and Main CAlbarracinSellaWharncliffe CragsSlipstonesShorn CliffCoire an tSneachdaBattleship Back CliffRoaches SkylineTrevor QuarryRobin Hoods StrideCraig Pant Ifan TremadogStoney MiddletonSubluminalSiurana ValleyHarrisons RocksIdwal Slabs aka Cwm IdwalAvon Gorge Sea WallsShipley GlenThe DewerstoneBaslow EdgeHolyhead MountainHarpur Hill QuarryGardoms EdgeMasson Lees QuarrySt Govans HeadBanygorLa Roche aux SabotsChee Dale UpperMalham CoveGuadalestBlacknor SouthGogarth South StackKirrie HillHobson Moor QuarryFair HeadHound TorCheddar Gorge SouthPolldubh Crags Glen NevisBramcrag QuarryTroy QuarryVall de Guadar Echo ValleySiurana VillageTryfan Fach Little TryfanSaddle HeadAlcalaliFranchard IsatisSan Vito lo Capo SalinellaBonehill Rocks Bone HillHaytor aka Hay Tor and Low ManBlacknor NorthEscalera ArabeKyloe Crag Kyloe OutTelendos North FaceBas CuvierTrowbarrowShaftoe CragsBrean DownGimmer CragTirpentwysBowles RocksDinas CromlechPen TrwynStennis HeadKilnseyReiff Roinn aMhillWatercumJollyDalkey quarryLundyBlacknor CentralDumbarton RockSpartacus AreaCromlech bouldersLimekilnsRAC bouldersGandiaLlanymynech QuarryArginontaHiggar TorBuckstones Edge Nont SarahsOdysseySerengetiClogwyn y GrochanChudleigh RocksAuchinstarry QuarryHawkcraigPenmaen HeadThe Cuttings BoulderfieldApremontAvon Gorge Main AreaRobin Proctors ScarAverstal AKA Magic WoodArhiDunkeld Craig a BarnsLes GaillandsRhoscolynFrontalas BajasFrontales MediasLElephantCummingstonSt Bees HeadBenny BegWimberry Rocks952

Which were the most popular routes?

Who were the busiest climbers?

  1. Robin Nichols - 1716 ascents
  2. MrFantastic - 1448 ascents
  3. Mike Roger - 1304 ascents
  4. gr - 1258 ascents
  5. FlavioL1989 - 1137 ascents
  6. petegunn - 1086 ascents
  7. peter_robins - 967 ascents
  8. Paul Clarke - 952 ascents
  9. Michael Bortoluzzi - 885 ascents
  10. EJWest - 842 ascents
  11. Andy Moles - 802 ascents
  12. Antony Mariani - 780 ascents
  13. Nigel Bond - 775 ascents
  14. JenShelley - 749 ascents
  15. tobydunford - 736 ascents
  16. Eric Winfield - 724 ascents
  17. freemanTom - 696 ascents
  18. John Hunt - 668 ascents
  19. mrphilipoldham - 660 ascents
  20. remus - 651 ascents
  21. Droyd - 638 ascents
  22. James Oakes - 636 ascents
  23. fuzzysheep01 - 630 ascents
  24. Rob Davies - 629 ascents
  25. Allanfairfechan - 624 ascents
  26. bpmclimb - 613 ascents
  27. cem - 579 ascents
  28. charlescooper - 561 ascents
  29. tp45597 - 547 ascents
  30. MarkCunnington - 539 ascents

Which rock types were most popular?

Limestone managed to beat gritstone this year...

This one splits the top rock types by discipline.

The Forums

Threads per Forum

Messages per Forum

Photo Galleries

Total: 9671

Total: 69178

More stats? Keep an eye on our Graphs for all Users.

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4 Jan, 2017
The graph for ascents and time of year is interesting. An amazingly high peak for trad in May (surprising considering the weather wasn't markedly better than the other months) and slight drop across all disciplines in June (again surprising considering how good it was early June).
4 Jan, 2017
May has the best window for lower grade trad (long days, fewer midges) and two bank holidays. What surprised me is that Limestone beat Grit.
4 Jan, 2017
Looks like I missed 30th place in number of routes done by 4 - must try harder! Chris
4 Jan, 2017
Could be a good sign...UKC expanding it's horizons beyond the borders of sheffield and yorkshire.
There is a lot more Limestone in the world to play on I guess.
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