Database Symbols

Grade Colour Codes

All the routes in this database are assigned a colour code which spans the various different grading systems. The aim of the colour code is to equate to routes which a climber of a certain ability might like to consider. This means that sport routes and boulder problems of a certain colour tend to have harder moves than their equivalent-coloured trad routes since they are, on the whole, less serious undertakings.

Grade Colour Codes
Sport Routes up to 4+ 5 to 6a+ 6b to 7a 7a+ and up
Trad Routes up to S HS to HVS E1 to E3 E4 and up
Boulder Problems up to V0 V0+ to V2 V3 to V6 V7 and up
Winter Routes up to II II/III to III IV to V VI and up
Ice Routes up to WI 3 WI 4 to WI 5 WI 6 to WI 7 WI 8 and up
Mixed Routes up to M2 M3 to M4 M5 to M6 M7 and up
Norwegian Routes up to 4+ 5- to 6- 6 to 7- 7 and up

 

 

Crag Symbols

The crag symbols give a summary of the type of climbing found at each crag. There may well be exceptions eg. boulder problems on route crags, a trad route on a predominantly sport climbing crag.

Crag Climbing Type Symbols
Trad
Sport
Bouldering
DWS
Mixed
Winter
Trad climbing requiring hand-placed protection Sport climbing with fixed bolted protection Bouldering Deep water soloing A crag with routes of different styles Winter (ice) climbing
Other Crag Symbols
Tidal
Tidal
Tidal
Tidal
Approach walk angle Time crag is in the sun Approximate angle of crag Abseil approach required
Tidal
Tidal
Tidal
Tidal
Seepage after bad weather Dry climbing in the rain A windy and exposed crag A tidal sea cliff
Tidal
A crag with access restrictions – either a banned crag or a crag where there is special access information.

 

 

Route Symbols

These refer to the type of climbing found on individual routes.

Route Symbols
1 star powerful technical scary strenuous fingery
Quality stars Powerful climbing Technical climbing Fluttery climbing with a big fall potential Sustained climbing – pumpy or lots of hard moves Fingery climbing – sharp holds!
reachy rounded sitstart death!
A long reach may be required Rounded holds A dyno move (bouldering) A sit-down start (bouldering) A graunchy route – not specifically for hand and fist jams. Banned. Do not climb this route.