The Ultimate Calculating Climbing Grade Quiz
by Staff
Climbing grades are systems of letters or numbers (or in some cases letters and numbers) that let climbers know what to expect from the routes they are going to take. Without these ratings systems, it would be difficult to know from place to place what a climb is going to be like. Take this quiz to learn more about calculating climbing grades.

What is the technical term for an overall assessment of a climb route called?

  • climbing grade
  • passing grade
  • running grade

What doesn't factor into calculating a climbing grade?

  • The number of sheltered or exposed areas on the route.
  • The age of the climber.
  • The degree of danger involved in the climb.

What do we call a type of climbing that uses nothing but a person's body to maneuver from one point to the next?

  • ice climbing
  • sport climbing
  • free climbing

How many parts is the British system of climbing grades made up of?

  • two
  • three
  • four

How many types of adjectival (descriptive) grades are there in the British system?

  • ten
  • eleven
  • twelve

Which among these is not a technical grade in the British system?

  • 2c
  • 7b
  • 10a

What is the American grading system popularly as?

  • Yosemite Decimal System
  • Yellowstone Decimal System
  • Tennessee Decimal System

How many classes are there in the American system of climbing grades?

  • seven
  • five
  • three

What is the correct acronym for the system used to grade mountain climbing in the United States?

  • NSS
  • NIS
  • NCCS

What series of numerals does the National Climbing Classification System (NCCS) use for grading?

  • I - VI
  • I - X
  • I - XX

What is the other important mountaineering grade system commonly used around the world?

  • International German Grade System
  • International French Adjectival System
  • International Italian Climbing System

What makes the International French Adjectival System (IFAS) flexible?

  • The IFAS grades can be modified anytime.
  • The IFAS grades can be used alongside the American system.
  • The IFAS grades can be broken down even further by adding plus or minus signs to them.

What nature of ice makes assigning ice climbing grades difficult?

  • Ice changes every year.
  • Ice is clearer than rock.
  • Ice makes visibility poor.

How many grading systems are used in the United States to measure climbing on different types of ice?

  • five
  • three
  • two

What type of ice is seasonal?

  • alpine ice
  • mixed ice
  • water ice

What type of ice is permanent?

  • alpine ice
  • mixed ice
  • water ice

What do we call ice climbing routes that partly contain rock?

  • alpine ice
  • mixed ice
  • water ice

What type of climbing uses the V grade system?

  • rock climbing
  • ice climbing
  • bouldering

What type of climbing grade for bouldering is more flexible?

  • B grade system
  • V grade system
  • International French Adjectival System

Which place is called the bouldering capital of the world?

  • Benghazi
  • Fontainebleau
  • Tahiti