Skill Levels

Each trip is assigned a "Skill Level" from 1 to 4 to assist you in identifying ones that are suited to your abilities. Briefly, they are:

Level 1: no experience required
Level 2: some experience and basic skills are expected
Level 3: some intermediate to advanced skills and abilities are expected - not for novices 

Level 4 - some intermediate to advanced skills and relevant experience are required - not for novices


How We Assess a Trip:

Many independent factors are assessed before we assign a "Skill Level". We consider the degree of technical skill required for the trip, how physically demanding the itinerary is, elevation changes, the elements of risk involved, the range of weather, the isolation, the length of the expedition, and many other factors. You can get a good idea about whether or not a trip is right for you from the trip information package and by contacting our office.


Your Self-Evaluation:

Your skill development, physical ability and condition, experience, attitude, and ability to adapt to new situations are the main components of your personal evaluation. Most of our participants tend to underestimate their abilities. Try to compare elements of your self-assessment with the requirements listed in the trip descriptions in the detailed information package. If you feel unsure, just give our office a call. We want you to have a great time, too.


For More Information:

  •    A general information package called "Take The First Step" has answers to many FAQ's including an outline of the skill levels for each activity type
  •    A detailed information package is available for each trip with pictures and a description of the location, weather, itinerary and a more trip specific description of the skills required
  •    Contact our office. We’re happy to discuss what to expect on any trip. In certain circumstances we can provide an email address or phone number for a previous participant or guide on the trip that interests you.