I think I understand the grading system in therms of I,II,III etc, however unsure what the star things are (not correct term for punctuation clearly)
what are these used for ?
It's like the little asterisks you used to get on the fronts of fridge freezers - they tell you how cold the route will be. More asterisks means a colder route. It's all on average of course though, obviously some days are warmer/colder than others.
It's how frosty the route needs to be in order to be in acceptable winter condition.
I thought it was how many hours you could expect to queue up before you can start.
> I thought it was how many hours you could expect to queue up before you can start.
Ah, so that's why the downfall is a 10 star route.
As much as I'm enjoying these responses, I think someone should actually answer the question:
The stars (and it's the same in most guidebooks, be it rock climbing or scrambling or winter) reflect the quality of the route, subjective though it is. The more stars, the more worthwhile it is.
Oh that makes sense now thank you!
I thought it was more about how much snow there will be on the route. They are snowflakes, not stars.
The stars are the number you'll see when an axe bounces off a rock slightly below the surface of what looks like a sinker placement and it swings back and the hammer hits you in the face.
Beware the Lake District winter grades!
They are graded
for optimum conditions, which rarely happen these days.
We did a very thin Innaccessible gully allegedly grade 4 which felt more like 5/6
This Winter Conditions page gives a summary of what is being climbed at the moment, what is 'in' nick and what the prospects are...
Fred Rouhling's visionary route Akira at Les Eaux Claires, France, has finally had a repeat after 25 years and not only one, but two! Seb Bouin and Lucien Martinez made the 2nd and 3rd ascents of the route.