Grades – The Shack Method
We don’t believe in coloured hold circuits dictating the grade, where is the variation? It limits setters to use the same holds for the same grades repeatedly, something that can get quite difficult to mix up styles etc. For us, colour of hold is simply the path we set; grade is dictated by our starting tags.
There are two levels of information denoted by the start tags (other than where to start with your hands); difficulty and style.
‘Difficulty’ is shown by the shape on the tag! The more sides the shape has, the harder the climb. We decided in the Autumn of 2022 to go gradeless in regard to not telling you the VGrade of each climb. This is due to a multitude of factors, but simply a large disparity between centres; and the style of the boulder makes a significant difference. You may well find you climb harder in one style than the other…
‘Style’ is shown by the colour of the tag: Blue – Powerful (A simple sequence that requires an amount of grunt (relative to the grade)), White – Committing (These boulders require focus, poise and precision (often referred to as ‘wobbly’)) & Yellow – Puzzling (These boulders have a sequence, that if you get right makes the climb flow and feel OK for the grade; miss the sequence and they may feel tough for the grade).