Rating and Grading in Rock Climbing

Author: Mark | Subject: Rock Climbing

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Article excerpt: Like all adventure sports, rock climbing has sought for a long time to find an acceptable international agreement on the best method for measuring the level of difficulty and complexity within the sport. However, to date this move toward a consensus system that can be universally applied as is the case with other sports has failed. Therefore, this has left the rock climbing sport having to wrestle with a number of different systems, although it has to be said that the French system appears to be becoming the most popular choice in many countries. However, what adds to the measuring difficulty is that, even within the available rating systems there is a lack of agreement as to how the standards should be applied.