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Grade Ladder – Climbing
Level Climbing skills Safety
9

(20)

All climbing & abseiling core & advanced skills performed consistently to a high standard and used effectively in competitive situations on a variety of challenging routes. All core safety skills performed successfully with no guidance in a variety of conditions.

Advanced skills are performed with no guidance.

8

(18-19)

All climbing & abseiling core skills performed consistently on challenging routes.

All advanced climbing & abseiling skills performed to a very good standard.

All core safety skills performed successfully with no guidance in a variety of conditions.

Advanced skills are performed with no guidance.

7

(16-17)

All climbing & abseiling core skills performed consistently on challenging routes.

Most advanced climbing & abseiling skills performed consistently.

All core safety skills performed successfully with no guidance in a variety of conditions.

Advanced skills are performed with no guidance.

6

(14-15)

All climbing & abseiling core skills performed consistently across a variety of different routes.

Advanced climbing & abseiling skills have varying consistency.

(Heel/toe hook, overhang, layback)

All core safety skills performed successfully with no guidance.

Advanced safety skills are attempted with varying consistency.

(Multiple belay, belaying during a fall)

5

(11-13)

All climbing & abseiling core skills performed consistently across a variety of different routes.

Advanced climbing & abseiling skills are attempted with some success on easier routes.

(Mantle, flagging, use of prussik, back stepping)

All core safety skills performed successfully with no guidance.

Advanced safety skills are attempted but require guidance.

(Multiple belay, belaying during a fall)

4

(8-10)

All climbing & abseiling core skills have moderate success using easier routes.

(3 points of contact, bridge, rockover, inside edges)

All core safety skills performed to a good standard and require no guidance.

(Figure of 8 knot, bowline and solo belaying)

3

(6-7)

climbing & abseiling have little consistency on easier routes.

(3 points of contact, bridge, rockover, inside edges)

Good knowledge & understanding of safety skills. Able to put on a harness, use climbing calls and solo belay. Able to tie figure of 8 knot under guidance.
2

(4-5)

Can demonstrate some climbing & abseiling techniques with limited success on simple routes.

(3 points of contact, bridge, rockover, inside edges)

Good knowledge & understanding of safety skills. Able to put on a harness, use climbing calls and solo belay with close guidance.
1

(1-3)

Can make very simple climbing moves on the traverse wall and main routes using large holds. Some knowledge & understanding of safety skills. Can successfully put on a harness and use basic climbing calls. Able to group belay.
W3 Can make progress on traverse wall and make some progress up the main routes. Relies very heavily on belayer and large holds. Some understanding and application of safety skills.  Requires assistance when using safety equipment (harness/belaying)
W2 Can support body weight on the traverse and make limited progress on the main routes. Relies very heavily on belayer. Limited understanding and application of safety skills.  Requires constant reminders when using safety equipment.
W1 Has knowledge of climbing techniques and able to apply some on the traverse wall. Limited understanding or application of safety skills

Advanced Skills

Climbing techniques:

Mantle, overhang, layback, heel hook, flagging, back stepping, toe hook, abseiling using prussik.

Belaying:

Multiple belay, belaying a climber during a fall.

Core skills

Safety:

Fitting harness & helmet and use of climbing calls.

Knots:

Bowline & figure of 8.

Climbing techniques:

3 points of contact, foot/hand jam, bridge, rockover, inside edges, abseiling.

Belaying:

Single & double point, use of anchors.

Tactics

  • Use of appropriate equipment.
  • Which route to take.
  • When to take risks.
  • Changing tactics due to difficulty of climb or competition.
  • Awareness of conditions.
  • Awareness of strengths & weaknesses.
  • Application of safety principles.
  • Awareness of rules & regulations in competitive situations.
All BTEC results have been emailed to student school email accounts 02.09.2020