Severity

I = Well equipped climbing spot that is located close to highly populated areas. The approach is easy and quick (not more than 20 minutes). The climbing spot is easy to find.

For example: Lehn, St.Loup, Adlitzgraben, La Turbi, Bas Cuvier


II = Well equipped climbing spot that is located in a rather remote area. The approach takes more than 30 minutes and there is partly no path at hand. The spot is located in an altitude where changing weather, fog, and falling temperatures can be part of the trip. You should be able to move securely and have a good physical condition. A map or the guidebook are essential to find the climbing spot.

For example: Gimmelwald, Gastlosen Nord


III = Climbing spot that is very poor or even insufficiently. You should be able to work with mobile equipment (friends, stoppers, etc.). A fall can cause injuries, because of the rock structure (corners, edges, etc.). The approach and also the descent can lead through terrains where there are partly no pathes and a belaying becomes necessary.

For example: Lüerdissen-Ith, Denti della Vecchia, Les Somêtres


V = Well protected multipitch routes that can be compared with climbing spots having a number I. The approach is easy and follows a well-laid path, but can take up to an hour. Climbing spot at a high altitude! Duration of the climb can take up to 6 hours.

For example: Sanetsch, Hintisberg, Ofen, Scaladri di Avegno


VI = Multipitch routes with little security provided. Easy pitches have to be secured by oneself. You should be able to work with mobile equipment (friends, stoppers, etc.). The approach and also the walk down can lead through terrains where there are partly no pathes. But there are basically no obstacles or difficulties. Good shoes are recommended. Rappelling is often possible.
For example: Eldorado, Ueschenen, Wildhauser Schafberg


VII – Multipitch routes in a rather remote area. The security provided is not too bad, but you should be able to work with mobile equipment (friends, stoppers, etc.). The approach and also the walk down can lead through terrains where there are partly no pathes. There can even be steep grass slopes, snow fields, glaciers, or easy climbing sections. The approach can already take a quite long time. Good pysical conditions is essential.
A small daypack with food and warm clothes should be taken with you into the climb. Depending on the climbing spot, you should be prepared for a descent at night or a bivvy. The climbing alone can take four to twelve hours.

For example: Gr.Simelistock, Miroir d’Argentine, Monte Garzo


VIII = Very demanding multipitch routes with limited retreat possibilities. Very low safety provided and sometimes no belays available. No good posibilities to rappel. Big day trip that needs special training and very good physical conditions. The climbing alone can take six to twelve hours. All rope and belay technics should be mastered. At times mobile equipment (friends, stoppers, etc.) is needed and a daypack with food and warm clothes should be taken into the climb.
Depending on the climbing spot, you should be prepared for a descent at night or a bivvy.

For example: Eiger Nordwand, Gross Bielenhorn, Annuchnubel, Yosemite