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General Climbing Discussion

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Northwest and Southwest Guidebook updates 28-Jan-2005 At 10:19:32 PM Robin
I guess I was just stirring the pot with the Mt Beckworth star thing. But I the point I was making is that it is a very similar crag to Blackhill yet the star rating system is totally different. Scansorial (22) was one example with one star say compared to Bon Voyage (23) no stars. Bon voyage is a much better climb, longer, better moves. Also look at New Kid in Town, 2 star 20. Nice climb but only has about 2 moves, albeit commiting. Similar but IMHO better climbs at Blackhill would be Squeal Like a Pig (21) and Work the Meat (20) both only one star. Also Quarze Route 3 stars. Nice route, consistent slab 18m (minus a few) but is it really 3 stars? Compared to say Milawa, one star, it's probably worth 2, or maybe Milawa is worth 2.

I agree with the point that to an extent star ratings are crag specific. No point comparing Blackhill to Buffalo, or Weribee to Araps, but these are two similar crags. Not worth getting hung up on though, a guide book is only a guide, but it is still worth aiming to get some consistency with grades and stars.

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