/ UIAA grades vs French grades - reasons why each used

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Chris Sansum - on 10 Jan 2013
I have just bought a guidebook for Tre Cime di Laverdo in the Dolomites. I notice that there isn't any consistency between whether UIAA or French grades are stated on each route. For example the Comici route on Cima Grande states UIAA grades whereas the Brandler-Hasse route specifies French grades. Both are trad routes.

Is there a reason why some European guidebooks inconsistently use either system? Does this suggest different style of route?

Thanks,

Chris
James Rushforth - on 10 Jan 2013
In reply to Chris Sansum: Hi Chris,

The reason is the Brandler-Hasse is semi-botled (it is still a trad route) but it has bolts.

The Comici does not have any bolts (though lots of pegs and pitons granted).

I hope that helps,

James
Chris Sansum - on 11 Jan 2013
In reply to James Rushforth:

Thanks. Figured there might be a more complicated reason, but that works. Not really that familiar with UIAA grades, so will have to consult the grade table!

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