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Module 1: Grading and guidebooks

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Outdoor Education - Grading systems

Grading systems

There are many different grading systems used in adventure activities,
both adjectival and numerical. For example, the British rock climbing
grading system uses both systems.

- this gives an overall impression of both the seriousness and
difficulty of the climb.

Easy
E

Moderate
Mod

Difficult
D

Very Difficult
VDiff

Severe
S

Very Severe
VS

Hard Very Severe
HVS

Extremely Severe
XS

- this applies to the actual technical difficulty of the climb and the
strenuousness of a pitch.

1a, b or c

2a, b or c

3a, b or c, etc.

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