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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 ­čÖé

South AfricaFranceUSAAustraliaUKUIAA
1345.712S
145a5.813HS
1514
165b5.915
175c16
186a5.1017HVS
5.10aE1VI+
196a+5.10b18E2VI+/VII-
206b5.10c19VII
216b+5.10d20E3VII+
226c5.11a21E4VII+/VIII-
236c+5.11b/c21VIII-
247a5.11c/d22E5VIII
257a+5.12a23VIII/VIII+
267b5.12b24VIII+
277b+5.12c25IX-
287c5.12d26E6IX
297c+5.13a27IX/IX+
308a5.13b28E7IX+
318a+5.13c29X-
31/328b5.13d30X
328b+5.14a31X+
338c5.14b32XI-
348c+5.14c33XI
359a5.14dE10XI+

 

369a+5.15aXII-
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