Walk Grading System
The North West Walking Club use a walk grading/rating system devised by the Club All walks are given a grading by the walk leader. This allows visitors and club members to gauge the suitability of the walk to their abilities. It is the prerogative of the walk leader to accept or reject any potential walker for a particular walk based on the leaders assessment of their suitability of the walk.
Walks are graded from 1 to 6, Grade 1 being the easiest. There are many factors to be considered in walk grading and are a combination of time, distance and terrain. As a very general rule the following apply.
||Relatively easy terrain with mainly on track or beach walking.
Relatively easy terrain with mainly on track walking at mid level altitude.
Mid level altitude and may involve some time spent through trackless open bushland. Reasonable level of fitness required.
Mountain track and may include scrub, steep uphill walking and /or rockhopping. Good level of fitness required.
Mountain off track, similar to Grade 4 with longer distances, or steeper uphill walking, or other conditions adding to walking difficulty. Suitable for fit people with extensive walking experience.
Strenuous walking covering longer distances and /or very difficult terrain. Suitable only for very fit walkers with extensive experience.