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/ Meaning of bloc/rési/conti (French terms)?

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MatthewV on 07 Mar 2018

I'm off sport climbing in France in a few weeks, and have a copy of the local guidebook. The grades against routes sometimes have one of R/B/C against them, which the book glosses as meaning rési/bloc/conti respectively. Anyone know what these mean? googling hasn't turned up much of use...

Bulls Crack - on 07 Mar 2018
In reply to MatthewV:

Bloc is boulder, resi/resistance  is sustained, Conti I'm less sure about - continuous/long?. In training terms resi applies to anaerobic sub 30 move apparently and resi is aerobic/ more than 30 moves! 

Post edited at 13:39
Adrien - on 07 Mar 2018
In reply to MatthewV:

Bloc (boulder) means there's a markedly harder section with a clear crux while the rest of the climb is comparatively easier; rési (résistance) refers to short-ish routes with no rest, you can't stop and you just have to keep going while fighting off the buildup of lactic acid (would that be power endurance?); conti (continuité) refers to long endurance routes.

Post edited at 14:29
MatthewV on 07 Mar 2018
In reply to Adrien:

Thanks


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