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#He'll be coming down the mountain, as he comes - John C. Kirk — LiveJournal
Feb. 10th, 2008
05:45 pm -
#He'll be coming down the mountain, as he comes
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February 11th, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)
As elvum pointed out, the "steepest point" may only be an inch long.
This is actually part of the problem on climbing walls too. If the French system (3, 4, 5, 5+, 6a, 6b, 6c, 7a etc) is used, then the grade only refers to the difficulty of the hardest move, not how sustained or exposed the route is. But you're right, it depends on who set the route too.
On outdoor routes, the grade is initially set by the first ascentionist (who also names the route), but is often modified later to reflect the opinions of subsequent ascentionists and guidebook authors.