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Climbing Grades

Our Expeditions and Northwest climbs are graded 1-5 based on the climbs difficulty, time commitment and experience requirements.

1   Climbing Grade: Beginner

No prior climbing experience is required. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are required.

   Climbing Grade: Advanced Beginner   2

Prior climbing experience is beneficial. Basic snow and ice climbing skills are introduced during the program. Above average physical conditioning is requisite for this climb. No high altitude experience is required.

   Climbing Grade: Intermediate   3

This climb requires alpine snow and ice climbing skills with proficiency on steep and icy terrain. Strong backpacking and excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Prior climbing experience is required. High altitude experience is beneficial.

   Climbing Grade: Advanced Intermediate   4

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain at high altitude. Class 4 ice or 5.8 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

   Climbing Grade: Advanced   5

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain above 8000 meters. Class 5.6 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Trekking Grades

Our treks and tours are graded 1-3 based on the adventures difficulty, time commitment and experience requirements.

   Trekking Grade: Easy   1

No experience required.

   Trekking Grade: Moderate   2

This trek requires 4-6 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 1000-2000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

   Trekking Grade: Strenuous   3

This trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 2000-3000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and great physical conditioning are required.

If you have further questions about our climbing or trekking grades; or about your qualifications for a particular expedition, trek, climb or course, please contact us.