Trip Grading – Treks
Our trips are graded from Challenging (1) to Extreme or exploratory (5). Take into account your current fitness level and how much training you will be able to commit to before trip. For tougher trips in mountainous terrain we expect training on rougher, more rocky mountain terrain, preferably taking into consideration a similar amount of height gain that is expected on the hardest day of your trek. We supply a training guide when you register on the trip.
CHALLENGING – Trip Grade 1
This is our entry-level grade. Trips are designed to be challenging for those of good health and fitness, but achievable for most people with a commitment to training and a can-do attitude. Please note this is called Challenging for a reason. It may be the lowest grade on our scale, but it is still not easy!
Expect to be trekking for an average of 6-7 hours per day, in a range of terrain, some of which could be exposed. It could be hot, humid, cold, windy, or rainy. Examples: Peak district 9 edges challenge
DEMANDING – Trip Grade 2
Some long days over tough terrain which require good stamina, fitness and a determined attitude. They are usually hillier than Challenging trips, have some longer days, or present other challenging aspects.
Examples: Coastal Freedom Trail
TOUGH – Trip Grade 3
Tough trips involve tough terrain. Weather, altitude, and/or basic living conditions are expected. They demand good fitness and a determined attitude. Trips with a significant time spent above altitudes of 3000m are usually graded Tough or higher.
Example: Annapurna sanctuary
INTENSE – Trip Grade 4
Intense trips involve exposed terrain and tough conditions, usually at altitude. As well as good fitness and stamina, they demand a determined approach and total commitment.
Examples: Pyrenees Freedom Trail, Wadi Rum & Petra
EXTREME OR EXPLORATORY – Trip Grade 5
Extreme trips involve highly taxing terrain and conditions for the majority of the trip, often with extremes of temperature, at altitude. They may be exploratory to a new area or mountain range.
Examples: Kilimanjaro Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Basecamp trek
Trip Grading – Climbing courses & holidays
Intro rock climbing weekends and days
This is the perfect way for indoor climbers to learn all the essential basics of climbing on rock in a fun and exciting way.
Peak district climbing weekends
This is a great way for established climbers who can already lead to learn efficiency and how to improve performance in a fun and exciting way.
Climbing holidays outside the UK – Kalymnos, Ariege and Siurana
We specify level on all these trips but usually we would group climbers in the 5+-7a Fr grade range and 7a-8a Fr grade range. In addition we strive to make sure that you are with the best coach for your needs.