What is the world without numbers? Ah yes, must set the alarm for 6 am. I have a dinner date at 9pm. Your doing 75 in a 50. That plane ticket cost me 2000. I have a double date. A high five. Four on the floor. Sixty nine bottles of beer on the wall.
The sixty ninth position.
The 69 Malibu!
Or the summer of ’69. All of these Classic.
In regards to climbing, I’m pretty open to the slash grades myself, but after 10 years of climbing, I just don’t care anymore. I used to get my panties all up in a bunch when I heard Fluffboy being called 5.13b/c. It was my third climb in the “C” range and that arrogant little ‘B’ had absolutely no business being there, how else was I supposed to feel good about myself and pad my resume for a free harness? These days, you can call whatever you want, whatever you want and I don’t give a damn, nobody should, even the young guns and the noobies, but I know, it’s hard not to get all tangled up in the numbers game,
“Well fuck Joe, is it 12a or 12b for Christ’s sake? Don’t call it 12a, or I’ll never climb with you again. Dude, it’s way harder than ‘Eat Your Face’ and “they” give that solid 12b.” Ever heard this before? So, when in doubt, embrace the slash grades. 5.12a/b – 5.13b/c – 5.14a/d.
Recently I was sent this link about the (American) bouldering grades vs, the (American) route grades and this is what the diagram told me.
No offence here, these Norwegians used a great quote from Pete Croft and they’ve obviously done a tremendous job with the website, I mean the brown wallpaper-esque background alone is worth mentioning to mom and dad and they’ve done some hard work compiling it all. But I don’t see why (according to the diagram) that I can onsight 5.13c – but it takes me a week to climb V12. Or if I can climb 5.14+ I should be able to boulder V16, or better yet – V17. WooHoo!
People, do not use this. It’s crap. And I only say it’s crap because I think I’ve come up with a better comparison. Check this out and tell me “ye or nay” and please let me know what you think. Am I close? Am I Crap? Or do you just not care enough and further more, you don’t know why you’re reading this blog to begin with, instead, you have some serious work to be attending to and your Starbucks is getting cold?
So what do evolves and numbers have in common?
They both suck.
After this grade, nobody really cares that much anyway, so I’ll stop now. But upon special request, I can perform this all over again with the French Grades and roman numerals. I’ve been drinking, I gotta go!