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Hike Rating System

 

The GVTA and Hike Ontario’s Rating System. A system to help hikers decide what hike is suitable for them to participate in,

the GVTA hike leaders will use the hike rating system when planning their hikes.

 

Terrain Difficulty Levels

  Level 1:

Well-defined trails, gentle inclines. Hiking boots not required, but trails may be wet. Is suitable for beginners. This level is recommended for newcomers to club activities.

 

  Level 2:

Generally on trail. May be hilly, light bushwhacking, some rough spots or obstacles. Boots are recommended.

 

  Level 3:

Rough terrain with one or more of the following: extensive bushwhacking, steep sections, long climbs and descents, beaver dams, rock scrambling or other obstacles. Boots, Level 2 experience, and a high level of fitness essential. Long pants and sleeves recommended.

 

Speed / pace

 

        Leisurely: > less than 2 km/h

 

        Slow:  > 2-3 km/h

 

        Moderate:  > 3-4 km/h

 

        Fast: > 5 km/h or greater

 

Family Hikes

  • Level 1, Leisurely pace
  • Loop hikes with no car shuffle or car-pooling
  • Should be between ½ hour to 2 hours in length, depending n the age of the children
  • Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who supervise the children at all times
  • Require that each child’s name be written separately on the Waiver of Liability and Assumption of Risk/Sign-In Sheet. Emergency contact name and phone number must be included
  •  Indicate in the hike description whether the trail is stroller friendly or not.

 

 
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