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Size Matters

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At what size does a cliff, crag, buttress become a boulder?

 profitofdoom 06 Apr 2021
In reply to Stephen R Young:

At Stanage, 8 feet. In the Alps, 30 feet. In the Himalayas, 60 feet

 deacondeacon 06 Apr 2021
In reply to Stephen R Young:

If you twist your ankle when you fall off its a boulder, if you break your ankle when you fall off its a crag. 

 aln 07 Apr 2021
In reply to profitofdoom:

> At Stanage, 8 feet. In the Alps, 30 feet. In the Himalayas, 60 feet

On Ben Nevis, over 600 feet! 

 Gav_92 07 Apr 2021
In reply to aln:

Multi pitch bouldering 

 Michael Gordon 07 Apr 2021
In reply to Stephen R Young:

I don't think it's anything to do with size - they are simply two different things. A cliff (crag, buttress etc) is formed through glacial or fluvial erosion, earthquake, landslip, weathering etc and is 'attached' to the land, while a boulder usually comes from bits breaking off a cliff (though sometimes transported a long way from the cliff as an erratic) and sits 'on' the land.

 Lankyman 07 Apr 2021
In reply to Stephen R Young:

> At what size does a cliff, crag, buttress become a boulder?

Whenever a bit drops off any of the three former, it becomes one of the latter

 GrahamD 07 Apr 2021
In reply to Stephen R Young:

> At what size does a cliff, crag, buttress become a boulder?

Tradiation.  Boulders in Font are often bigger and scarier than Crags on grit.

 Sherlock 07 Apr 2021
In reply to GrahamD:

Try some of the Bishop 'boulders' for size.....😊

 wercat 07 Apr 2021
In reply to GrahamD:

Tradiation - is that a kind of 5G thing?

Or is it rays emitted by trad routes?

Post edited at 09:15
 GrahamD 07 Apr 2021
In reply to wercat:

> Tradiation - is that a kind of 5G thing?

It is a podgy fingered typo, but it's actually a great looking word, isn't it ?

 wercat 07 Apr 2021
In reply to GrahamD:

certainly would on a Tshirt

 Lankyman 07 Apr 2021
In reply to wercat:

> Tradiation - is that a kind of 5G thing?

> Or is it rays emitted by trad routes?


T'radiation?  What t'radiators pump out in t'North. Wazzocks the lot o' ye ....

In reply to Sherlock:

> Try some of the Bishop 'boulders' for size.....😊

In the States I got used to US climbers being most interested in hearing about grit as the unique feature of our climbing, and often commenting along the lines of "You Brits are so bold..." Then I visited Bishop and found myself highballing stuff that would have made two pitches at The Roaches!


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