What is the opposite of “steep”?

In rock-climbing, we describe an incline as “steep” (which is anything from 90 degrees to overhanging) but we don’t have a good word to mean “not steep”. At least I’ve never heard anyone use one; instead people use convoluted phrases like “not too steep”.

I looked at the “opposite for ‘steep learning curve’” post, but none of those suggestions really seems to fit here.

Edit: I asked a rock-climbing English major and she said that “low-angle” and “slabby” were most often used for cliffs in the 50-90 degree range.


I’d say shallow or gentle are suitable…

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