Throughout our years, @Toasty and I have encountered some interesting words for describing our feelings about climbs, scrambles, etc.
In order of increasing scariness:
- ‘Sketchy’ - a route with a little bit of risk
- ‘Spicy’ - a route that puts you far outside your comfort zone
- ‘Spooky’ - a route that really makes you shit yourself
There’s also ‘airy’, for those places with so much exposure that you feel like you’re about to die the entire time; and of course the crowd favourite ‘gnarly’, which I’m not sure has any particular meaning, but definitely sounds cool.
I’d be curious to hear what other words people use.