Grading of trips

The trips offered on this site range between straightforward hill walking on low level terrain to multi-day backpacking routes in remote wilderness areas. Some of the hills and mountains require a degree of hands on scrambling. We grade all our trips to help you choose those that suit your level of experience and fitness.

Hill walks, Munro bagging and backpacking trips are defined from level 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being suitable for very fit people capable of a level of self-reliance in mountainous terrain and typical Scottish weather conditions.

Level 1 - A short walk on easy terrain, usually well defined paths. Example would be a hill walk of about 10k taking no more than 5 hours.

Level 2 - Slightly harder, paths may be indistinct, a degree of fitness and stamina is required. A hill walk of 10 - 15k between 5 - 7 hours.

Level 3 - Longer, with some steep and or technical ground. You will need to be fit and comfortable walking for long periods. 13 - 18k between 6 - 8 hours.

Level 4 - Long walk in, steep ground, minor scrambling. Good fitness and hill experience required. Hill walks of about 20k between 8 - 10 hours.

Level 5 - Exposure on technical ground, minor scrambling. Can be arduous days, fit and experienced. 25k+ 8 - 12 hours.

All scrambling on hill walks and Munros are graded from 1 to 3 as defined by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

Grade 1 - Occasional use of hands, light exposure. Routes such as Ring of Steall, Carn Mor Dearg Arete.

Grade 2 - Hands required often, significant exposure. Routes such as Aonach Eagach in Glencoe or the Liathach pinnacles.

Grade 3 - Very exposed on steep routes. Protection may be required. Routes such as sections of the Skye Cuillin or Curved ridge on Buachaille Etive Mor.

If you're unsure if you have the fitness or ability for a particular route, please contact me to discuss before booking.