Traditional grades explained

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Traditional grades explained

Post by XMod » Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:18 am

A lot of climbers have yet to graduate to the giddy heights of Table Mountain so I think a primer is in order so as to better understand the archaic (arcane) grading system that has long been the standard for describing routes up the hallowed grey. The official definition is given first followed by a rough translation in layman's terms in brackets.

A = An amble (Afternoon stroll)
B = Brisk bumble (Bundu bash)
C = Codger waddle (Careful now!)
D = Doddle (Dank death)
E = Easy peasy (Emerging emergency)
F = Fiddlesticks! (Frankly frightening)
G = Good fun (Good God!)
H = Hard-ish (Horrendous - HELP!)
I = Intense (Intensive care)
K = Kak hard! (Kataclysmic)
L = Ludicrously laborious (Lofty dreams)
M = Magnificent ascent (Mind-boggling)
N = Noble endeavor (No way!)

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Re: Traditional grades explained

Post by Old Smelly » Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:22 pm

Thank You for that accurate and intriguing explanation! :thumright
Really, its not that bad...I think it's my shoes...

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