How to Know How Hard a Hike Will Be

“How hard will that hike be?” That’s a question all dayhikers and backpackers, from beginners to experts, think about all the time—and it’s not always easy to answer. But there are ways of evaluating any hike’s difficulty, using available information, that can help you understand what to expect before you leave home.

No matter how relatively easy or arduous the hike or where you fall on the spectrum of hiking experience or personal fitness, this e-book will tell you exactly how to answer that question—and what information to seek to reach that answer. It covers the many “hard,” or concrete metrics, including a five-level rating system, plus “soft” measures including indicators of difficulty, calculating hiking time, and decision-making—knowledge that can help ensure that you and your companions or your family don’t get in over your heads.

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