When you prepare for your first walk you need to be very mindful of your own abilities and it is best to start cautiously while you learn about our walks grading system. There is nothing more disheartening than to find yourself on a walk where everyone else is used to jumping from rock to rock and you cannot. The Circular always has the coordinator's phone number and as a prospective you should ring the coordinator and discuss the nature of the walk and your own abilities and equipment. Our walks are graded according to difficulty, which takes into account the height gained, the distance travelled and the terrain. Full details of our grading system are in The Circular under grading of walks.
All walks are graded according to 'equivalent distance' and terrain.
Equivalent distance is the horizontal distance, plus 1km for every 100m climbed. On weekend and extended walks this equivalent distance is likely to be walked each day.
Qualifying walks are those that can be counted in the prerequisites for Membership. All qualifying walks are given a two letter grading code.
The first letter refers to the equivalent distance.
The second letter refers to the terrain.
|E||Easy||Mainly on tracks or open ground|
|M||Medium||May include some off-track walking|
|R||Rough||Off-track and could include scrub, creek crossing, and rocks|
Non-qualifying walks or events are listed as:
|NQ||Non-qualifying||Easy; less than 8km|
|SNQ||Short non-qualifying||5km or less, no steep slopes and all ages welcome|