V-scale and YDS conversion chart
|From I am mcgrof's smirking revenge|
If you're starting to rock climb chances are you are starting at an indoor rock climbing gym. Indoor rock climbing gyms have two types of rock climbing available, bouldering and sport climbing. Bouldering is a bit different than some other forms of rock climbing and it has its own grades, the V-scale, for defining the difficulty of the climb. In the United States for sport climbing and other forms of rock climbing we use the Yosemite Decimal System. As I started to rock climb I got confused by these different rating systems and their relationships.
At one of my visits to Planet Granite in SF, the indoor gym I typically go to, I finally saw a conversion chart. I'm sharing that with you all and blogging about this given that I am unable to find anything like this online. Its very curious to me that a V2 is similar to what a 5.11b or 5.11c... At least for me in terms of difficulty, the chart seems to be spot on. V2 is my current bouldering top level and 5.11b is the highest I've been able to climb so far as well. Bouldering has a different feel to it though and for me if you do not boulder often enough -- you loose it.