Trip Difficulty scale – information
This Physical Challenge scale is meant to provide a gauge as to how much physical exertion you can expect on this trip or class. The designation does not provide any insight into recommended experience level, inherent risks on the trip, necessary course work for credit, or emotional challenges you may face (such as a fear of heights).
1 — Represents our lowest level of physical exertion while on a trip, such as short hikes less than a mile without a backpack or lifting up to 30 lbs.
3 – Represents a moderate level of physical exertion for a trip, such as a 4-6 mile hike with some elevation gain/loss and a small pack, or a half day of mostly continuous kayaking on flat water
5 — Represents the highest level of physical exertion for our trips, such as a steep eight-mile hike out of the Grand Canyon in one day, or paddling a kayak for up to seven hours.
This scale is meant to provide guidance as you select your course, and while we encourage you to challenge yourself, we recommend that you speak with a NAU Outdoor Adventures representative directly if you have any uncertainty about your ability to safely complete the trip. NAU Outdoor Adventures will provide reasonable accommodations to any participant who has an interest in developing themselves through one of our offerings. Please do not assume you “can’t handle” a trip without speaking with us.