|Joining the CTC|
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|CTC Trip Grades|
Here is a rough guide to assist new members' understanding of our trip gradings. It is important to bear in mind that the weather and ground conditions may alter the grading. Gradings in the newsletter are accompanied by a description of the route and terrain and the leader can be consulted for more information. Breaks are included in the times given.
If you can walk comfortably with a pack for 4-5 hours a day you should be fine. No experience is necessary although the pace is likely to be rather more demanding than just "stroller level". These trips take around 4-5 hours/day. The routes sometimes go off the track onto more interesting terrain, such as the Waipara gorge, but there is plenty of time to have frequent rest stops to admire the views!
These trips take 6-10 hours/day and previous tramping experience is required. Rest stops are typically taken every hour or so. The terrain gets more interesting with the occasional trip in the snow or bush bashing. You will be expected to take some responsibility for yourself and an interest in your tramping buddies' welfare.
Length and frequency of rests start to be dictated by other factors such as daylight available and inhospitable weather. Because participants are more experienced the pace can be quite quick as the need arises and trips can take from 8-12 hours/day. Proficiency with an ice axe and crampons and confidence on exposed or unstable terrain may be required.
Occasionally you will need to be confident with basic climbing techniques, such as setting up abseils and belays. At this level you should be self-reliant and be prepared to put in a long hard day if required.