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Trails for Africa Climbing grades

Very few trails we offer will require anything beyond a minor scramble. However where necessary we have used the Australian "Ewbank" numerical grading system. With this system the grade increases with climbing difficulty and scrambling ends at about 10 out of a possible 34 which is for people with suction pads instead of fingers.

The following conversion table will allow you to see what the equivalent grade is in other systems.

Australian US YDS UK France UIAA
1 1     I
2 2     I
3 3 1a   II
4 4 1b   III-
5 5.0 1c   III
6 5.0 2a   III+
7 5.1 2b   IV-
8 5.1 2c   IV
9 5.2 3a   IV+
10 5.2 3a   IV+
11 5.3 3b   V-
12 5.4/5 3b   V-
13 5.6 4a   V
14 5.7 4a   V
15 5.8 4b   V+
16 5.8 4b   V+
17 5.9 4c 6a VI-
18 5.9 5a 6a+ VI-
19 5.10a 5a 6b VI
20 5.10b 5b 6b+ VI
21 5.10c/d 5b 6c VI
22 5.11a 5c 6c+ VII
23 5.11b 6a 7a VII
24 5.11c 6a 7a+ VIII-
25 5.11d 6b 7b VIII
26 5.12b 6b 7b+ VIII+
27 5.12d 6c 7c IX-
28 5.13a 7a 7c+ IX
29 5.13b 7b 8a IX+
30 5.13c   8a+ X-
31 5.13d   8b X-
32 5.14a   8b+ X
33 5.14b   8c X+
34 5.14c   8c+  

Mountaineering prides itself on having no written rules: mountaineers, therefore, spend most of their time arguing about their interpretation of the unwritten rules. Nowhere is this more so than in the invariably subjective area of the grading of climbs. Rock is such an irregular medium and climbers come in such a range of shapes and sizes that any grade can only be, at best, a rough indicator of what is to come.

The above table was sourced from

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