/ Boulder or route?
Where I usually boulder, there's a lot of traverse problems more than 15 moves long and feel more like short routes than boulders.
My theory is, if you can shake-out mid-problem, then it should get a route grade....
> Where I usually boulder, there's a lot of traverse problems more than 15 moves long and feel more like short routes than boulders.
> My theory is, if you can shake-out mid-problem, then it should get a route grade....
Does that mean that the Green Traverse is E1 6b?
Ha! Maybe so, but it's relatively short for a traverse. I was thinking more the really long ones. Also they'd obviously get a french grade, as no real danger. Although, GT does have some nasty boulders underneath, so E1 6b for a padless ascent?
Sorry? I don't understand. Is that an answer to my original question or are you poitning out the fact that I suggested adjectival grading is only for seriousness?
Use whatever system makes most sense. Don't overthink it.
When your approach/attitude toward falling changes. It varies form person to person and can be influenced by the equipment and team you have with you. Ultimately it makes no difference, it's all just climbing.
I suspect that most people are misinterpreting the original question - I think that Madmats is asking when a sport grade would be more appropriate than a font grade on traverses.
And I think that this is a fairly reasonable thing to do for long traverses, as long as it is clear which system is being used. It's certainly been applied at places like Raven Tor, and Font used to have different grades for traverses too (does it still?).
I think it's more what you decide and how you climb it. But at the end of the day no matter how you decide to grade a route.. it's still gonna be just as hard no matter what :)
Yes, maybe he means font traversing grades, where font 6A ish = font traverse 7A. Similar in definition, but not to be confused with sport grades.
So three systems which all use the name alphanumeric base... Come on France, sort it out.
> I suspect that most people are misinterpreting the original question - I think that Madmats is asking when a sport grade would be more appropriate than a font grade on traverses.
Yep, that's what I meant, though you phrased it better! And I know, really, who gives a toss, I just thought I'd join the band wagon and start another pointless thread :)
Is that right John? That font 6A ish = font trav. 7A? I thought both grades were a bit closer, more like font 6A = font 6B traverse.
It suggests a sport grade for traverses. Font 6A+ equalling French 7a. Is this french 7a different to a Font 7A traverse grade? Think I'd only give a sport grade for a really long traverse.
Note: I must be really bored to bother thinking about this at the start of the weekend!
> Is that right John? That font 6A ish = font trav. 7A? I thought both grades were a bit closer, more like font 6A = font 6B traverse.
Yeah, F6A / 6A+ is about FT 7A.
What I'd like to know is the relationship between Font Tr and French sport grades. People in the past have said they are about equal, which begs the question, why bother?
Weird, I have a bouldering guide (albeit a german one) which says Fb. trav. is basically Fb.bloc + a +! If you know what I mean. E.g. Fb.7a is Fb.tr.7a+, and so on.
Yeah. It seems to vary a lot.
Yeah, it seems to vary a lot. Google images throws up a few tables that contradict quite a bit, so I'm not so sure anymore.
Hey, just looked at your photos and realised who I'm talking to! How's it going mate? Greetings from Vancouver, not sure if you knew, but we moved about a year ago. Hope the wife & bairns are well.
15 moves or so is definitely pushing into route grade terrain for me. If you add up how many hand moves the hard bits of a lot of UK sport routes are, they're often less, even for routes that are classed as pe rather than bouldery.
My friend told me once that a boulder problem route is usually somewhere in the region of 3 grades higher French than Font - seems to roughly hold for Weedkiller (7A+/B = 7c+ I think it sometimes gets?) and Ousal Low which is 7A and someone told me once was 7b+/c. Apparently it holds true for boulder problem routes as well as route/boulder hybrids...
Good question......there's plenty of "routes" that are also in bouldering guides. I guess its all a question of style - rope or no rope?
All good thanks mate. Sounds like you're having a great time over there! Say hi to the missus from all of us.
What if its a well-protected route?
Or a problem above a shitty landing. Boulderers break bones more often than those doing routes.
bumbly response:- i like a boulder problem to be, you know, a boulder
I'm terrified of falling off both well protected routes and boulder problems with bad landings. And high boulder problems with good landings. And poorly protected routes...
Trad grades for you then. Apparently.
Elsewhere on the site
This survey is being conducted by the Outdoor Industries Association in order to find out more about how and why people... Read more
Pete Whittaker has flashed the 32 pitch route Freerider 5.12d on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley over three days,... Read more
Every so often you meet someone in climbing that makes you take a step back. Someone with a fire in their eye, passion in... Read more
The Grivel A&D Ascender & Descender is brand new for Autumn 2014 and incorporates a revolutionary and innovative patented... Read more
Nuts, wires, stoppers, chocks, wedges, whatever you want to call them, have been around for a long time. Initially made from... Read more