Redpoint

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Leading a bolted route with prior knowlegde. This maybe from inspecting it, getting beta, watching the moves of other climbers or after practising moves on a top-rope, or a repeated attempt.

Originally, if the quickdraws were preplaced, this would be called a pinkpoint; for a redpoint, the leader would have to place the quickdraws as they went. However, preplaced quickdraws have now become the norm and now would be known as a redpoint.

Derived from German Rotpunkt. The word came in to common usage in the Frankenjura in the 1970s: it originated from the practice of painting a small red circle at the bottom of a climb that had been climbed without aid. Kurt Albert and others started the trend.

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