Trip Grades

A guide to trip grades has been prepared:


 E - Easy Easy, non demanding  All ages & fitness levels 3 - 5 hours
 EM - Easy/Medium  Mostly easy, some demanding  Most ages and fitness levels  4 - 6 hours
 M - Medium  Varied, moderatlye demanding  Moderate Fitness Levels  5 - 7 hours
MF - Medium / Fit Varied, more demanding Fitness and stamina required 6 - 8 hours
F - Fit Varied & challenging Fitness and stamina required 7 - 10+ hours


  • Walking hours per day does not include breaks (rests, lunch etc.), so these need be added to get the total trip duration per day.
  • Any of our trips may include uneven terrain, muddy tracks, tree roots, un-bridged stream or river crossings and other obstacles.
  • Most of our trips are on tracks, but there may also be travel over untracked terrain, especially for Medium-Fit and Fit trips. This may include travel in rivers, through thick scrub, across scree or snow slopes and steep climbing and descents.
  • Some trips may require particular skills e.g. river crossing skills or the use of an ice axe / crampons.
  • Although trips are graded, any trip may become more difficult on the day due to conditions such as deteriorating weather, rising rivers, landslips, or fallen trees.
  • New members to the club are generally encouraged to do a few day walks (club or private) before an overnight trip. Similarly, new members are encouraged to do some easy and easy/medium overnight trips before advancing onto more demanding trips.
  • A trip leader and/or the Chief Guide may exclude a person from a trip if it is considered they are inadequately equipped or are not considered to have the necessary fitness or ability to complete the trip.

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