/ Salbit Sudgrat
Was I having an off day or is the grading quite sporting?
There's certainly one pitch which has always (I've done it quite a few times) struck me as being harder than anything else. It may be this one: http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=126694
Certainly more than VS, Victor.
It's probably the one that's graded 5a 1pa (5c+) on my Von Kanel topo. About half way up.
That's indeed the crux - felt HVS with a very committing and quite long layback.
But some of the "easy" pitches were quite full on too. Maybe I was just tired from leading all the tough pitches.
> It's probably the one that's graded 5a 1pa (5c+) on my Von Kanel topo. About half way up.
Hmmm ... No wonder I found it a bit stiff in a pair of B3 boots in that case! The guided party behind us were all wearing big boots too.
I think grading something 5c+ (as a free grade as against 5a 1pa) is rather silly. It's like saying 5++ or hard hard VS. This means basically that it's 6a. Translate that into British grading how you will. And yes, I did it in the old days too (and maybe five times since).
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