Event Gradings for our Activities

Bush Walking

Grade 1

No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them.

 

Grade 2

No bushwalking experience required. The track has a hardened or compacted surface that may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps.

 

Grade 3

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Track may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps.

 

Grade 4

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited. 

 

Grade 5

Challenging long walks for experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks may be very rough, very steep and unmarked.

 

Comments by Hans: The way Tassie NP uses it is great e.g. Cradle Summit: "8hours return walk with a 600m climb; walk includes crossing large rocks".

I would prefer to mention distance rather than time, because time changes with the individual. So my idea of grading say the Wet Gully truck from Bright to Freeburgh would be: Grade 4, 11 km, 800 m climb. Anderson's Peak on Mt Buffalo would be Grade 5+, 8km 200m climb.

Stage 1 of Hume and Hovell track could be described as mainly Grade1, some Grade 2 and a short part Grade 3.

 

Canoeing

 

Grade 1

Canoeing in still waters with snags or without snags

 

Grade 2

Canoeing in mild currents with or without snags.

 

Grade 3

Canoeing in medium currents with or without snags

 

Grade 4

Canoeing in medium currents with or without snags and occasional rapids.

 

Grade 5

Canoeing in strong currents with snags and rapids

 

Grade 6

Canoeing in unknown waters or upstream canoeing.

Abseiling

Grade 1

A fairly flat rock face with a reasonably easy access to the departure point. A grade 1 to grade 3 walk from bottm to top of the descent area. Up to a 25 meter drop.

 

Grade 2

Medium size rock variations with possible overhangs to negotiate. Exposed areas. A grade 2 to grade 4 walk from the bottom to the top of the descent with possible rock scrambling.

 

Grade 3

Numerous and large rock variations to negotiate. Exposed areas. Overhangs to negotiate. A grade 2 to grade 5 walk from the bottom to the top. Up to 100 meter drop. Rock scrambling.

 

Cycling

 

  • Proposed gradings for Cycling – discussion points
  • For cycling we need to identify degree of difficulty (Grade 1 to Grade 5) and the distance
  • Mountain bike and road bike events grading to be separate – on track or off track for mountain bike events needs to be specified – might be mix of both

Grade 1

Flat road no hills eg bike tracks in Albury Wodonga

 

Grade 2

Some undulating hills –eg West Wodonga to Chiltern

 

Grade 3

Medium grade of climbing – eg Wodonga to Yack

 

Grade 4 – some steep grades ride eg Wodonga to beechworth

 

Grade 5 – prolonged steep grades eg Mt Buffalo and Falls creek

­