6.6% Other ( E. g., “Up­grade it and sub­mit a pic­ture of my­self on the route to Climb­ing”)

*Based on 379 re­sponses

Climbing - - BASECAMP -

“Ev­ery­one has their own rea­sons for the grade they take. For me, want­ing to lead by ex­am­ple for women, I would rather grade as hon­estly as pos­si­ble! This is also why I don’t chase climbs with big num­bers that just suit my style. I ac­tu­ally seek out the ‘reachy’ and tall- peo­ple climbs even if they have a lower grade.”

—ALEX PUC­CIO

“I com­pare to other routes of the same pro­posed grade and a grade eas­ier/ harder in the same area. The most im­por­tant piece is to try to keep grades within a given area con­sis­tent. I also con­sider my per­sonal state of fit­ness and how much time and ef­fort the route re­quired.”

—JONATHAN SIEGRIST

“The most com­mon mo­ti­va­tion be­hind downrating is pro­tec­tion of the down­rater’s self- im­age. Avoid the ridicule of hav­ing one’s climb down­rated. Downrate first and be safe. This type of game causes its most ded­i­cated play­ers to fool even them­selves.”

—THE LATE JIM BRIDWELL (“THE IN­NO­CENT, THE IG­NO­RANT, AND THE IN­SE­CURE,” AS­CENT, 1973)

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