Rock Climbers

Ellie Monty Blake Reese from Akron and Athens, Ohio areas. These folks climb locally at Rock Mill in Akron. Thanks for stopping by this morning. Hope the climbing is good today. Sorry about the picture quality.
Rock Climbers from Manassas, Virginia. From left to right, Hunter, Kyle and Brooke. Locally, they climb at Vertical Rock in Manasses. 
The entire Manassas crew. Good to see so many of you in April.  Sorry about the picture quality. Please visit us often. We would love to get to know you. Send some climbing pictures. Be glad to post them. Email: 
Nathan, Virginia Beach Rock Gym
Michael and Tyler from the Cincinnati, Ohio area.
Kyle, Lauren and Karl. Climbers from Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Kurt and Bennett from Charlotte, North Carolina
Good to see that spring is in the air and welcome back all our climbing friends. 
Ben and Gabrielle on January 2, 2016. These two are from the Metro DC area. They climb at Sportrock Climbing Center in Alexandria. Glad you dropped by and have a safe trip back to the city. 
Nick and Thomas. Nick on the left and Thomas on the right. Nick from Metro DC area and Thomas from Wilmington, North Carolina. I think Nick climbs at the 5.13 level but failed to ask Thomas about his climbs. My bad Thomas. Great to see you guys on such a cold day in January. Please come back. 
Nik sent this picture. Thanks Nik!!!    Bouldering Fern Creek with Ben.
Hollis and Heather live in Pittsburgh and are graduate students in Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Hollis is on the left and Heather on the right in this photo. Hollis hails from Reno, Nevada and Heather from Ft. Myers, Florida. We are counting on these two to connect us with some rock climbers and look forward to seeing them whenever they come. You girls rock!
The Rebel Milo
Amanda and Rob are just chillin. Amanda is from North Carolina and Rob from Ohio. I really didn't want to intrude on these two but they were gracious enough to tolerate me while I took their picture. They look happy to me!!!
From left to right are Josh, Tyler, Toby and Bryan from the Richmond, Virginia area. These guys are rock climbers staying at Ray's . Josh and Tyler were climbing at Beauty Mountain yesterday.
Tim and Jae are rock climbers from the Charlottesville,Virginia  area. Jae looks different. Seriously, it's cool Jae!

Ok, so I spent some time trying to understand climbing rating systems. Here is my take on the average climber who comes into the store. The most relevant systems for climbs in North America are the Yosemite Decimal System (YDS) and the National Climbing Classification System (NCCS).  Let’s use the (YDS) which categorizes terrain according to the techniques and physical difficulties encountered when rock climbing or Free Climbing.

Class 1: Hiking

Class 2: Simple scrambling, with the possible occasional use of the hands

Class 3: Scrambling; a rope might be carried

Class 4: Simple climbing, often with exposure. A rope is often used. A fall on Class 4 rock could be fatal. Typically, natural protection can be easily found

Class 5: Where rock climbing begins in earnest. Climbing involves the use of a rope, belaying, and protection (natural or artificial) to protect the leader from a long fall. Fifth class is further defined by a decimal and letter system – in increasing and difficulty. The ratings from 5.10-5.15 are subdivided in a, b, c and d levels to more precisely define the difficulty (for example: 5.10a or 5.11d)



5.0-5.7: Easy for experienced climbers; where most novices begin.

5.8-5.9: Where most weekend climbers become comfortable; employs the specific skills of rock climbing, such as jamming, liebacks, and mantels.

5.10: A dedicated weekend climber might attain this level.

5.11-5.15:  The realm of true experts; demands much training and natural ability and, often, repeated working of a route.