Grades have their use

Great article, and I agree with the sentiment of your comments although I do thing grades have their use. As a trad climber the grade gives me some guidance as to whether the route is within my ability. This means I limit the possibility of finding myself a ground-fall distance above my gear and faced with a move or sequence outside of my current ability. So I will be taking my guidebook to the crag, but not chasing the grades, simply ensuring I have the most fun on all routes within my abilities. :)


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