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General Climbing Discussion

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% improvement required to reach next grade 2-Nov-2016 At 5:13:43 PM ldshield
I agree with rodw that you start with a 'natural' grade and that from there it's an exponential increase in effort required to reach the next grade. Personally, I really enjoy 8-11s (indoors); I can do 12-13s; and for me a 14 or 15 is a serious long-term project.

Where rodw and I diverge, however, is that higher grades are achievable with enough time and motivation. Given I'm currently 42yo and climbing 13 on a good day, soon I must regretfully accept the possibility that I will never climb a 20. Obviously, the steepness of the exponential increase isn't the same for everybody. My wife is a better climber than I am, but she's 155cm and there's some climbs she won't ever be able to do either because she just hasn't got the reach.

The upshot of this editorial is that it seems to be highly individual and personalised.

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