That being said, it must be noted that bouldering grades differ from other types of rock climbing grades. Continue this thread level 1. When it comes down to it, there is no universal system that dictates bouldering grades. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. You are probably sponsored and in incredibly good shape. Check out the table below! In the sport of bouldering, problems are assigned technical grades according to several established systems, which are often distinct from those used in roped climbing. Since the publication of Sherman’s bouldering guide, the V Scale has spread across the United States and is now the standard bouldering grading scale in North America, South America, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. There is no official channel to communicate which problem has which grade, and you will often have to rely on local guides or word of mouth. From all my years of climbing and all the research I put into this article, my greatest takeaway is this: Some people will progress faster than others, some problems suit one person’s style better than others, some problems aren’t graded well, and so on. V Scale & Font Scale: The 2 Most Common Bouldering Grading Scales in Use Today, Bouldering Grades Conversion Chart: V Scale to Font Scale, B Scale: A Brief Bouldering History Lesson, Bouldering Grades vs. At the lower end of the scale, this is to show newbies which routes they should expect to complete. I’d love to sit here and tell you that when you climb a V3 for the first time you now climb V3, but the truth of the matter is that you may hit V3 on day one and then struggle to hit V3 again for another year. Bouldering Grades – The V Scale Look at a bouldering climb (commonly referred to as a “problem”) in a gym or a guidebook and you will likely see a figure such as V1 or V6. Established by John Vermin Sherman in the bouldering mecca of Hueco Tanks, the V-Scale ranges in difficulty from V0 (easiest) to V16.. For the sport routes, I can do most 5.11s and most of the time struggled with 5.12. John Sherman’s V-scale grading system is used for both indoor and outdoor bouldering. In bouldering, the most widely used systems are the V Scale and the Font scale. The paths got steeper and the mountains became rockier, scrambling instead of walking necessitated the use of a safety rope and climbing was born. Once you set up grade systems you want to compare, all you need to do is trivial swiping or tap! Therefore, knowing the routes and grades will be easy to find. Climbing Grade Converter is a simple tool used to help rock climbers understand the different grading systems used around the world. Deciding how problems are graded is fairly subjective. I’ll talk more about each of these in a little bit. They are most likely professionals and have sponsorships. For many of us, watching a Reel Rock film is the closest we’ll come to climbing this. Can anyone help me with the list below? The grade of a rock route is usually based on the crux, the most difficult move. For example, a 7A+ is harder than a 7A, but not as difficult as a 7B. The B Scale was the first scale ever used exclusively for bouldering problems in the United States. Starting to hit the upper graded problems in the gym. Having fun outdoors trying a “V-Weird” boulder problem. Many of you will dream of being an expert. Any bouldering grade can be a good climbing grade, depending on the person climbing it. However, if they’re not exactly sure what the grade should be, or aren’t sure how someone with a different body type (e.g. 99Boulders LLC further disclaims any responsibility for injuries or death incurred by any person engaging in these activities. Further down the line, a guidebook to the area might be published or updated. This occurs because, to continue the example, though a certain V7 might be harder than most other V7s, it might not be so much harder that it calls for a V8 rating. Of course, grading gives you the chance to see improvements and compare with others. Every friend I’ve ever taken climbing for the first time can top-rope lots of beginner climbing routes. Bouldering grades are numbers or number-letter combinations used to convey the difficulty of boulder problems. … People film you bouldering stuff. La cotation en escalade est une évaluation d'une voie en fonction de son type, de son engagement mais surtout de sa difficulté. Bouldering and sport climbing are two related but different disciplines and therefore different grading scales have been created for each.