So I started out believing that the trad system was logical and that the initials such as vs, hvs etc were indicative of the amount and quality of protection available. I also believed that the following numbered grade - 4c etc - was indicative of the technical climbing requirement. This all made sense to me until last week I was told - by some pretty serious dudes - that a vs4c is a 'standard' vs and so a vs4a may actually be harder!?? All my logic has now gone out the window and so I am hoping someone out there can point me in the direction of a definitive guide to the trad grading system. I'm sure this isn't the first time this topic has been heard.
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