|Rock Climbing Helmets|
Remember rating systems are subjective. One 5.9 might seem easy and another impossible. Use them for guidance. If a climb looks interesting, but the rating is harder or easier than you would like to attempt give it a try anyway. Climbing is about having fun and improving yourself.
I have to agree with Mike.
The grading system is alot different here in this part of the country than say, Yosemite.
Well, Yosemite is diferent from anywhere, I think. Its like opinions, everyone has a different idea on what the climb feels like to them, occording to their srength and endurance.
CLIMBING IS A LOT LIKE SEX: THERE IS NO ONE METHOD THAT IS CORRECT, THERE IS NO PERFECT METHOD, THERE IS NO PERFECT RATING FOR A CLIMB. IT IS ALL ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL VIEW AND SKILL LEVEL. A CLIMB THAT IS A 5.11 TO ONE PERSON MAYBE A 5.4 TO ANOTHER ; JUST LIKE A PERFECT 10 FOR A WOMAN TO ONE MAN, MAYBE A 7 TO ANOTHER. IF YOU SEE A CLIMB THAT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO TRY, TRY IT. YOU MAY FIND IT HARD, YOU MAY FIND IT EASY, YOU MAY JUST LEARN ALITTLE MORE ABOUT YOURSELF FROM TRYING IT. IT NEVER HURTS TO TEST YOURSELF AND RATE THE CLIMB ON YOUR OWN MERITS NOT SOME ONE ELSE....
I totally agree with u.
Therez no specific grading system that can be applied, keeping inview that a rock can be very easy for a person while it could be a difficult one for another.
So, irrespective of the Rating, just do it if u wanna have fun.
Afterall, climbing is all about fun & entertainment...
Well, I am going to disagree with some of the previous comments. Yes, grading systems are imperfect and subjective. However, comments like ''it never hurts to test yourself'' is not appropriate with climbing. Get run out on a route over your head, perhaps with dangerous bolt placement (it happens a lot), you can hurt yourself badly or die. Best advice I have is start low in grades, especially if you are in a new place or on a new type of rock. Yeah, you may be a 5.9/5c climber on pocketed limestone, but you''re a total amateur on granite cracks or sandstone faces. Take it easy, be careful, don''t let ego drive you to do it because ''I''m this level of climber and anything less is lame''.