In reply to UKC News: Wait a minute. O.K, I understand that one problem after another makes the second harder but think about it. If you do 2 font 6a's one on top of the other, that would be font 6a+. Then stack another on top and it would be font 6b etc etc. So by that reasoning, if you stack 18 6a's on top of each other it would be font 8c+. Surely that can't be right.
In reply to Ackbar:
You are correct, it wouldn't.
This prospective Font8c+ boulderer would be able to shake out fully on every single hold and would find it all easy. The 8c+ would probably be more accurately rated as F9a (or harder I'm unsure on how to convert) and you couldn't really have the hardest move on a F9a being font6a.
There's generally a unwritten rule to only combining 2 problems I think. I've heard quite a few sport climbing extensions described as a font7/8 on top of a F7/8/9 sport climb. Giving an obviously higher F grade for the whole line.
His achievements are even more remarkable when you see the size of the bloke. I climbed with him for a few days in Hueco many years ago and I just recall him being an absolute giant. Luckily for me he was recovering from injury so didn't try anything hard enough to require me to spot him.
> (In reply to Ackbar)
> There's generally a unwritten rule to only combining 2 problems I think.
No there isn't. If you combine several problems of similar grade, the result is usually a problem of a harder grade. The grade isn't arrived at by maths, but by how hard the problem feels, thus no matter how many 6A's you linked up, you'd never make an 8C, simply because an 8C climber is never going to find 6A's difficult, no matter how many there are.
There is of course a grey area in grading when problems become so long they feel like routes. In these cases, many climbers feel unhappy with applying a bouldering grade normally used to indicate the required level of strength or power. So for route-problems where the main difficulty is a test of stamina, climbers often use sport grades to describe the difficulty in more familiar terms.
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