/ So is it a bloody route, problem, line or bloc?

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yhxx 05 Nov 2019

Rather pedantic post so I apologise in advance for those who dislike this kind of thread, but I am genuinely perplexed at the (mis)use of different terms to define a climb.

Are the above terms (in title) used interchangeably or should they have specific use? What other baffling terms to define a type of climb have I missed?

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james.slater 05 Nov 2019
In reply to yhxx:

Route- any climbing traditionally requiring a rope?

Problem- A boulder problem. Could be used to desribe a specific part of a pitch?

Bloc- Used interchangebly with Problem? 

Line- Used to describe the actual position of any of the above?

Other terms:

Boulder (pretty self explanatory).

Pitch- Used to describe a specific pitch on a multi-pitch route. Or sometimes just a single pitch?!

Rig- If you are american?

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Neil Williams 05 Nov 2019
In reply to james.slater:

In walls I find you sometimes get:

Line - synonymous with "panel" - a section of the wall with a lower-off at the top for several different routes set on that line/panel.

Route - each individual set of holds on that line/panel.

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Robert Durran 05 Nov 2019
In reply to james.slater:

> Boulder (pretty self explanatory).

Well it should be self explanatory (a big lump of rock), but it now seems to be used as often to mean "boulder problem" which is something very different. I personally find this very irritating.

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Michael Gordon 06 Nov 2019
In reply to yhxx:

Another thing you seem to get is foreigners mentioning 'lines' when they presumably mean climbs or routes since in many cases the 'line' is non-existent. E.g. on grid bolted limestone!    

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Bulls Crack 09 Nov 2019
In reply to james.slater:

And 'course' of course.

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AlanLittle 09 Nov 2019
In reply to Robert Durran:

I'm increasingly seeing/hearing "route" used for boulder problems, which I personally find irritating. But usages and meanings of words change in languages over time no matter much we old farts might wish they didn't.

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henwardian 09 Nov 2019
In reply to yhxx:

Route - the way to the crag

Problem - the spare tire you are carrying around that stops you climbing hard.

Line - several words arranged horizontally across a page in a climbing guide.

Bloc - larj sqere bit ov roc yu just puld off and dropt on your partner.

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nniff 09 Nov 2019
In reply to henwardian:

> Route - the way to the crag

> Problem - the spare tire you are carrying around that stops you climbing hard.

> Line - several words arranged horizontally across a page in a climbing guide.

> Bloc - larj sqere bit ov roc yu just puld off and dropt on your partner.

Boulder - the thing you sit on while you have your lunch

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