Friday, August 26, 2016
Classes of Rock Climbing Difficulty
With considerable experience, including at Foot Locker, Webber Real Estate, and AT&T, Dr. Jeffery Scott Fraser functioned for several years as the CEO of NIC Inc. in Olathe, Kansas. He now splits his time between Wyoming and Alaska, where he owns and operates the Tsaina Lodge. An outdoorsman, Dr. Jeffery S. Fraser spends his spare time on activities that include paragliding and rock climbing.
Rock climbing can be categorized as a sport or hobby in which athletes scale indoor or outdoor rock formations. Outdoor events typically take place on natural rock formations while indoor events feature artificial walls. Rock climbing includes a variety of styles, such as bouldering and top roping, and utilizes the Yosemite Decimal System (YDS) to assess the difficulty of climbs.
The YDS consists of five classes, with the fifth class being applicable to rock climbing. The other classes measure other outdoor formations such as trails or bike paths. The fifth class of the system ranges from a 5.0 to 5.13, with the lower number indicating an easier climb. A 5.13 rating represents an extreme level of difficulty, as it reflects a smooth-as-glass rock wall with overhanging rock formations. Alternatively, rock formations at the lower ends of the scale generally include a large number of footholds for both hands and feet.