Grading is always a matter of opinion and is based on a number of elements such as length of journey, general type of terrain, hardest feature of the route, ascent for the day, remoteness of route, ice cream van at the top etc. And then there is the weather, which on a winter trip can change the grade of a route very quickly.
An essential element of a trip is your own personal fitness and experience. It is always a good idea to have got out into the hills in the weeks leading up to a trip to get used to your new kit, shake out the cobwebs and just to free the mind.
If you have any questions or concerns then please contact NHG as we are pleased to assure you.
Trails on graded routes with small climbs and little technical challenge.
Undulating trails presenting some sections of rocks, drainage channels, fords, roots and descents requiring technical skills. Intermediate trails may be 7 hours so a good level of fitness is required.
We can come across anything and need to be prepared to hike for short distances. Rocky descents and rock strewn single trails, gaps, major fords, steep ascents, small drop offs and some exposure.
Our Wilderness Essence trips are aimed at getting us off the beaten track and to experience the very essence of wilderness places. For this reason the WE grade tells us to be prepared for routes that don’t necessarily follow well trodden/cycled trails. It’s going to be rough, boggy, wet, dry and sublime. Over nights may well include bothy or tented accommodation and as such we may require to carry additional kit.