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Sport Climbing Route Grade Conversion Table

The following chart compares most of the available grading scales. A mistake often made is to combine the Australian & South African grades as the same, in fact they are about a grade apart and even more at the upper grades. The Old SA grading was used in many of the older traditional climbing areas but is seldom used today.

Rock climbing grade comparisons

 

The table below should be disregarded for the time being – Gustav doesn’t like it :)

South Africa France USA Australia UK UIAA
13 4 5.7 12 S
14 5a 5.8 13 HS
15 14
16 5b 5.9 15
17 5c 16
18 6a 5.10 17 HVS
5.10a E1 VI+
19 6a+ 5.10b 18 E2 VI+/VII-
20 6b 5.10c 19 VII
21 6b+ 5.10d 20 E3 VII+
22 6c 5.11a 21 E4 VII+/VIII-
23 6c+ 5.11b/c 21 VIII-
24 7a 5.11c/d 22 E5 VIII
25 7a+ 5.12a 23 VIII/VIII+
26 7b 5.12b 24 VIII+
27 7b+ 5.12c 25 IX-
28 7c 5.12d 26 E6 IX
29 7c+ 5.13a 27 IX/IX+
30 8a 5.13b 28 E7 IX+
31 8a+ 5.13c 29 X-
31/32 8b 5.13d 30 X
32 8b+ 5.14a 31 X+
33 8c 5.14b 32 XI-
34 8c+ 5.14c 33 XI
35 9a 5.14d E10 XI+

 

36 9a+ 5.15a XII-
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