TWO ROCK OUTDOOR

Grading System For Our Hikes

How do we grade our hikes?

We have taken a number of characteristics into consideration when we build our hiking grade level; the type of path, terrain, gradient & exposure and hiking requirements.

We understand everyone is different, what one person may think is difficult another may not, we hope that the table describes enough that the individual can find the hike for them.

As well as the grading table, each hike has a detailed description on the website including distance (km), height gain and duration estimate.

Remember weather conditions can change the difficulty of a route i.e wind, rain, wet underfoot.

LEVEL

Path

Terrain

Requirements

1 Fair

Curiosity hikes (3-4hrs)

Mix of well developed and established walking paths and trails Limited exposure*.

Uneven and varied terrain e.g. rocks, bog/mud, tree roots, heather
Uphill Incline at times 

Boots with good grip & ankle support, base level fitness (can walk happily for 90mins)

2 Moderate

E.g. Tonelagee Mullacor & Derrybawn, Carlingford (4-6)hrs

Mix of well developed paths and trails and open mountain side**
Slight exposure 

Uneven and varied terrain e.g. rocks, bog/mud, mixed woodland, heather Steep in parts

Boots with good grip & ankle support, good level fitness (can walk happily for 3-4hours)

3 Strenuous

E.g. Lugnaquilla & Connemara (5-6+hrs)

Mix of well developed paths and trails and open mountain side Additional exposure at times

Uneven and varied terrain e.g. rocks, bog/mud, tree roots, heather Steep uphill Incline & declines Use of hands and three points of contact needed at times

Boots with good grip & ankle support, good level fitness (can walk happily for 4+hours with previous hiking experience)

4 Difficult Strenuous

(6+hrs) 

Mix of well developed paths and trails and open mountain side, ridges and rock steps Very exposed at times

Uneven and varied terrain e.g. rocks, bog/mud, tree roots, heather. More and often steep uphill incline & declines. Use of hands and three points of contact needed at times.

Boots with good grip & ankle support, very good level fitness (can walk happily for 6+ hours, with extensive previous hiking experience)

* We define exposure as the hiking route being ‘exposed’ some sections may be exposed to steeper terrain on either one or both sides of the hiking route or sections may be more exposed during certain weather conditions i.e a particularly windy summit.

**We define open mountainside as open wilderness, the potential absence of a clear path away from defined trails & uneven varied terrain.

If you are unsure, feel free to shoot us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or why not join us on one of our Curiosity Hikes?

What to bring on a hike, click over to Preparing for a Hike.