/ Climbing and mountaineering
For example is someone like Kenton Cool or Alan Hinkes that good at rock climbing?
Yes, I would guess they are comfortable with some E grades.
But I guess it depends what ambitions you have in mind?
I was thinking the same thing the other day actually. I went to the Kenton Cool/Neil Gresham Sherpa Adventure Gear talks the other week in Manchester and it was mentioned that Kenton wasn't very good at summer climbing. However 'isn't very good' could still be the low E grades.
Depends on your definition of successful mountaineer and which peaks you wish to tackle.
> For example is someone like Kenton Cool or Alan Hinkes that good at rock climbing?
Compared to Dave Macleod, probably not. Compared to your average climber then yes. I would suspect that the majority of top UK mountaineers are operating at E2 minimum and much higher in many cases e.g. Nick Bullock, Andy Cave etc...
You could ponder on what e grades Hillary and Tenzing could climb!
Reinhold Messner was the first person to climb UIAA VIII (=~ trad E5, probably) in the Dolomites in the late 60s. Definitely world class at the time.
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