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Winter Climbing Grades

Winter Climbing Grades

IMG_3394Winter Climbing has its own grading system.  The Scottish System is different to the system used in continental Europe.  Rather than expanding on this here, I refer you to the Mountaindays website, which has a good clear explanation of Scottish Winter Climbing Grades and Alpine Grading.


It is worth noting that in the UK Grade boundaries can be blurred.  Many routes have Grade I approach slopes, Grade II Gullies on the immediate approach, a Grade IV route up a buttress, with a 20m ice pitch to finish!

If you have any questions about grades, let us know.  If we don’t know the answer, we will probably know someone who does…

Emily and The Team

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