Many factors come into play when choosing the right trip level, such as physical condition and whether or not you’re arriving rested. The following are “rules of thumb” on a “sliding scale” to help you choose a trip level suited to your abilities.
Access in and out of camps varies between 3–9 hours and from 3–12 miles (5–20km), and includes elevation changes up to 3,280 feet (1,000m) over uneven terrain. Daily itineraries vary according to the trip level and group interests.
Level 1 — Beginner to intermediate with some camping experience. May not have experience on uneven terrain or partake in the activity on a regular basis. Once in camp, expect hikes of 3–4 hours covering 3–6 miles (6–10km) mostly on defined trails, and with elevation changes of less than 3,280 feet (1,000m). Intermediate and advanced hikers with no experience on uneven terrain may best be suited to Level 1.
Level 2 — Intermediate to advanced with camping experience. Good physical condition and seeks a demanding adventure. Has experience on uneven terrain, but may not partake in the activity on a regular basis. Includes challenging terrain and undefined trails. Once in camp, expect hikes of 4–6 hours that cover 4–7 miles (7–12km), and elevation changes up to 3,280 feet (1,000m).
Level 3 — Advanced with wilderness camping experience. Has experience on uneven and steep terrain and partakes in the activity on a regular basis. Good physical condition and needs to be challenged. Includes challenging and steep terrain and undefined trails. Once in camp, expect hikes of 6–9 hours covering 7–12 miles (12–20km), and elevation changes exceeding 3,280 feet (1,000m).