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Hiking Class Ratings - Jargon 27

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Aaron Zagrodnick

Backpacking and hiking routes can be described using the Yosemite Decimal System (YDS), which allows for accurate descriptions regarding the effort, gear, and experience needed for the anticipated terrain. The scale is comprised of 5 levels...

In Issue 27, we take a look at this rating system designed to rate the difficulty of terrain on an easily comparable scale. Read below:

Jargon: Class Rating

Class 2 Hike - Rating of the YDS

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This is a useful system. Thanks for posting.  

The classification of rivers by class has been around a long time and works very well.  It helps people plan trips that are within the capabilities of their weaker members.

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