Orig­i­nal Aid Rat­ing Sys­tem:A0: Occa­sion­al aid moves often done with­out aiders (etri­ers) or climbed on fixed gear; some­times called ​“French free.”A1: All place­ments are sol­id and easy.A2: Good place­ments, but some­times tricky to find.A3: Many dif­fi­cult, inse­cure place­ments, but with lit­tle risk.A4: Many place­ments in a row that hold noth­ing more than body weight.A5: Enough body-weight place­ments in a row that one fail­ure results in a fall of at least 20 meters. Thank you for this thoroughly enjoyable article. Climb and scramble gingerly. I described such a scenario here. And besides, I think this article could change some things in my head. And the answer is basically that thought with a better explanation ;-) (Note that I'm European, but read climbing.com a lot, so I basically had to get used to the YDS...). The equivocation hitch can be tied without having the ends of the rope available, so there’s no need for climbers to untie before rappelling. Never be afraid to be slow, and do what you have to do is the lesson, I guess. (The movement is very similar to belaying off a plate device in guide mode.) Enjoyable read. Nice find. It often seems to be either a tough Class 3 or an “easy” Class 5. And keep your harness on during the descent—you’ll be more likely to use the rope appropriately. Please respect the closure and DO NOT CLIMB AT MADRONE WALL BETWEEN FEB 1st AND JULY 15th. A refinement for using features too tall to place the rope over is to simply pass a bight of rope around the feature and belay using the side of the bight that goes to the following climber; there’s no need to untie, and this provides a modicum of security to the belayer as well. It is not for a novice. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Service. Maybe this summer, we'll see! With your article you are giving me some good thoughts to think about, and I'm sure I will read it more than once because a lot of truth is in your words. The kids sometimes cannot understand their lessons, By connecting students all over the world to the best instructors, Coursef.com is helping individuals Their annual nesting spot is on the Shining Wall, though they can be heard year-round. With this hitch, climbers can lower or rappel on one strand, then pull the other strand to retrieve the rope. Simul-climbing is when two or three party members climb at the same time, linked by the rope, with security provided by the leader placing gear so there is always protection between each climber. At this time I am at the point you are describing at the beginning: more and more I'm bored with the easy ground and I want to get higher and start with more difficult "ways", but at the same time I'm afraid to slip ... I thought in between all these long and controversial questions we could have a really short and simple one :) Beside I really have no clue what this classification is about and am genuinely curious, maybe the answer is not as simple as the question (all the better). Using a blend of the descrip­tions found here Moun­tain Mad­ness has put togeth­er a basic descrip­tion that defines rating/​difficulty to include the fol­low­ing; skills need­ed, ter­rain expect­ed to encounter, and often numer­i­cal rat­ings such as the Yosemite Dec­i­mal System.