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Trip Grading

It is always hard to grade a trip. The capacities of one person to the next are very different and grading systems are very different. Our system is based on the Swiss Alpine Club grading system which is the most widely used in the mountains all over the world.

mountains sessions @mtnsessions pyrenees mountain holidays, climbing, hiking, mountain bike, adventure walking.

Trail: Flat or gentle slope, no risk of falling.

Requirements: None in particular, suitable for trainers.

Max per Day

Up: 300m Down: 400m Distance: 10km
mountains sessions @mtnsessions pyrenees mountain holidays, climbing, hiking, mountain bike, adventure walking.

Trail: Uninterrupted route, sometimes steep, fall hazards are not excluded.

Requirements: Having confidence in your foot placement. Trekking shoes are recommended.

Max per Day

UP: 600m Down: 800m Distance: 10km
mountains sessions @mtnsessions pyrenees mountain holidays, climbing, hiking, mountain bike, adventure walking.

Trail: Not always visible. Some passages are exposed to fall hazards, scree, rocky slopes without trail.

Requirements: Be very sure-footed. Good trekking shoes. Elementary experience of the mountains is desirable.

Max per Day

Up: 1500m Down: 2000m Distance: 15km
mountains sessions @mtnsessions pyrenees mountain holidays, climbing, hiking, mountain bike, adventure walking.

Trail: Sometimes missing, use of hands sometimes necessary for balance, quite exposed, tricky grass slopes, mixed slopes of rocks and snowfields. The exposed parts can be equipped with handrails or chains.

Requirements: Be familiar with exposed terrain. Trekking boots are required.

Max per Day

UP: 2000m Down: 2500m Distance: 20km

If you are interested in going more in-depth into mountain activity grading systems? Want to know the different systems used? Ever wondered what the difference between French, UK and US climbing grades were? If so read my article on the subject.

“Mountain Grading Systems” by Dan Beattie