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Topic - Grades

TwSpanner - on 21 May 2012
I thought I understood the grading system but this UKC article 'La Madone, 9a+ by Sébastien Bouin' suggests I don't understand it as well as I thought I did.
I've always believed that a grade of 8c on a route indicates that the hardest move on a route will be 8c. It doesn't matter if all the other moves on the route are 5a the route is still given 8c because thats the hardest move. The same applies to a route of 10 x 8c moves. The grade is 8c because this is the difficulty of the hardest move.
The article says that the route La Madone is basically two 8c+ routes back to back and according to the article this is 9a+.
I shall have to look for a detailed explanation of the grading system and re-educate myself.
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