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Pinklebear
I tell people I'm in the third grade. That way the first and second graders know I can beat them up, but the fourth and fifth graders will think twice about pushing me down and taking my lunch money since they know I'm almost as old as they are. Pinklebear
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Looking down the first crux pitch, Ellingwood Ledg...
Grades are so subjective ... just call yourself Lord of Rock & walk away.... docsavage
From Albuquerque, NM
Joined Dec 21, 2011
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Shelf Rd
Really? A multi-page thread on how to tell people what grade you climb? Kenan
Joined Apr 15, 2010
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Dec 7, 2012
Epic free solo with a pack on
I tell people your mom is so easy she's 4th class, but that's what I usually climb! Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Joined May 4, 2011
700 points
Dec 7, 2012
You stay away from mah pig!
Guy Keesee wrote:
5.15C is my standard answer. I don't wish to brag.


You probably say, "five fifteen CEE." And then you dance!
DANCE!!!
camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
Joined Jun 27, 2006
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Dec 7, 2012
if you can climb 3 climbs of a certain grade that is what you climb Kegan Minock
From colorado springs
Joined Apr 26, 2010
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Dec 7, 2012
V3, Castle Hill, NZ
docsavage wrote:
Grades are so subjective ... just call yourself Lord of Rock & walk away....



How about climbing a no-hands slab and calling yourself Luke Slabwalker... thats one way I impress new partners (with bad humor rather than skill).
A.Javi.Gecko
From San Diego, CA
Joined Mar 15, 2012
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Dec 7, 2012
Chillin' at City of Rocks
I prefer to climb 5-star routes Princess Mia
From Vail
Joined May 22, 2006
422 points
Dec 7, 2012
Nic Lazzareschi wrote:
I am wondering what people say the grade they can climb when asked by a climber they dont know.


Does that even happen?
Asking someone you don't know what grade they climb is a major-league dork-move.
saint_john
Joined Nov 5, 2012
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Dec 7, 2012
Colonel Mustard
camhead wrote:
You probably say, "five fifteen CEE." And then you dance! DANCE!!!


No, not watching Adam f'ing Ondra make an ass of himself again.
Colonel Mustard
Joined Sep 13, 2005
1,379 points
Dec 7, 2012
Nic Lazzareschi wrote:
I am wondering what people say the grade they can climb when asked by a climber they dont know.


Whatever has the most stars.
todd w
Joined May 5, 2008
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Dec 7, 2012
Guy Keesee wrote:
5.15C is my standard answer. I don't wish to brag.


There are only three grades in trad: 5.6, 5.9+, and 5.2

It's all 5.6 if you do it right
5.9+ is harder than 5.6
and 5 2 hard is everything above that
Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
1,499 points
Dec 7, 2012
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV
I generally just tell people what i've been working on lately. try to be honest with myself and my partners. Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Joined Aug 15, 2008
357 points
Dec 7, 2012
Me eating a cliff bar walking back from Frankenste...
Asking a guy what grade he climbs is like asking how big his d*ck is.

All yous are full of sh*t!! I don't know, It doesn't matter.. Yea, OK.
Bill Kirby
From Baltimore Maryland
Joined Jul 21, 2012
127 points
Dec 7, 2012
the frozen topout during a winter ascent
I just say I climb gunks 5.6 Nick Zmyewski
From Newark, Delaware
Joined Jun 2, 2011
132 points
Dec 7, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
You tell people what grade you can consistently, day in and day out onsight. That's if you want to look like you know what you're doing. If you intend to hang dog, pull on gear, make a complete mess of everything you just say, "I can get up ______" whatever grade you are comfortable aiding.

But really, the best reply is "Fuck you! What grade do you climb, duuuuuuuuude?!!!!!"
Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,496 points
Dec 7, 2012
Got Milk? How about forearm pump? Tony leads "...
Jake Jones wrote:
I don't. Honestly it never comes up. If asked, I say I climb easy stuff- which I do. I can't ever recall being asked specifically what grade I climb.


Jake Jones is in the Partner Finder and is open to climbing with new people.
Personal: Lives in The Eastern Flatlands, 37 years old, Male
Likes to climb: Trad, Sport, TR, Gym climbs
Trad: Leads 5.8 Follows 5.9

???
Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Joined Jan 1, 2001
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Dec 7, 2012
Got Milk? How about forearm pump? Tony leads "...
camhead wrote:
It's simple. You take the easiest climb that you've fallen on in the last six months, and subtract a number from it. That's the grade that you climb. Next question, please?


camhead
Likes to climb: Trad, Sport, TR, Gym climbs
Trad: Leads 5.12a Follows 3rd
Sport: Leads 5.12a Follows 5.9

(???)
Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Joined Jan 1, 2001
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Dec 7, 2012
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Once again...

I ice climb because it improves my gym climbing.
Cale Hoopes
From Sammamish, WA
Joined Nov 23, 2012
10 points
Dec 7, 2012
Red Rock, Cannibal crag
before I climb with anyone it's imperative that they answer the following questions:

- Do you know how to catch a lead fall?
- Do you have any beer with you?

Grade isn't very important folks.
OldManRiver
From Cottonwood Heights, UT
Joined Jul 18, 2012
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Dec 7, 2012
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Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
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Dec 7, 2012
Easy Lieback
It's simple. You take the easiest climb that you've fallen on in the last six months, and subtract a number from it. That's the grade that you climb. quote>

Kegan Minock wrote:
if you can climb 3 climbs of a certain grade that is what you climb


If I went by these two methods, my answer would vary by FOUR number grades...

I do get asked this question a lot, because I teach nOOBs for a living, and they don't know any better. I usually try to say something about how grades aren't important, it's about enjoying the experience, blah blah. If they press the issue, I bust out the firehose and just spray all over them ;-)
Baumer
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jul 14, 2009
193 points
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Dec 7, 2012
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after...
Tony B wrote:
Jake Jones is in the Partner Finder and is open to climbing with new people. Personal: Lives in The Eastern Flatlands, 37 years old, Male Likes to climb: Trad, Sport, TR, Gym climbs Trad: Leads 5.8 Follows 5.9 ???


Hahaha! Touche Tony. Valid point I suppose, but still, I've never been specifically asked.
Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Joined Jul 30, 2011
1,009 points
Dec 7, 2012
You stay away from mah pig!
Tony B wrote:
camhead Likes to climb: Trad, Sport, TR, Gym climbs Trad: Leads 5.12a Follows 3rd Sport: Leads 5.12a Follows 5.9 (???)


Last climb I fell off of was an 11c. So, I'm a 10c climber.
camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
Joined Jun 27, 2006
1,369 points
Dec 7, 2012
Chillin' at City of Rocks
Grades only count if you include how hard you crank on off-widths....... Princess Mia
From Vail
Joined May 22, 2006
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