I have recently been involved in unearthing some of Graham Balcombe`s routes on the Mendips and have been surprised how hard they are.The grades concerned are from Difficult to Severe but everybody that has climbed them agrees they are(in todays terms)much harder.Now I know that physically the routes might have changed due to rockfall etc but does anybody have any knowledge of the grading system in that era,was it similar to the Scottish VS that had to encompass anything above that grade?
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