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By John Knight
Dec 1, 2008
A note on grades. First & foremost, grades are subjective. If you disagree w/the grade then feel free to take some white-out & a pen and change it. Some of the Cracked Wall grades in the topo have been updated to "modern standards". There's really no reason to keep the grades artificially low just because they've always been that way. After all, if the ratings don't accurately reflect the grade of the climb, then what's the point of having a rating system? When you climb something for the first time, that's the best time to rate it. If you've climbed it 50 times and wired all the moves, you might not be able to give it an accurate rating. A good way to double check yourself on the rating is to ask people who've recently climbed a climb for the first time, preferably someone that has led it. Ratings often feel harder on lead than on TR. Ratings are consensus based. If everyone thinks the 5.8 climb is really 5.7, then maybe it should be changed. If this doesn't satisfy you, then feel free to change the ratings as you see fit.
Keep in mind, it's just rock climbing. In the words of Ken Klisss, "less talkin' and more chalkin'." Don't get too caught up in the grades. Just be sure to have fun out there.
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