Grading System

At Beyond Bouldering, we use colored tags to indicate the difficulty of a boulder problem. The hold color is not an indication of the difficulty. The benefit of this system is that our route-setters can use any hold color to set a problem of any grade, so there is a much wider range of holds that can be used for each grade range, resulting in a wider variety of movement styles at each difficulty grade.

The tag colors used are:

  • Orange – Beginner
  • Blue – Easy
  • Green – Moderate (V0-V2)
  • Purple – Hard (V1-V4)
  • Red – Very Hard (V4-V6)
  • White – Extremely Hard (V5-V7)
  • Black – Ludicrous (V8+)

There is also a mystery tag (the tag with all the “?”) where the grade is revealed the next week.