Ability & Difficulty Level
We have adventures for people of almost all ability levels and try hard to accommodate everyone’s individual needs. How do we do this?
First and perhaps most importantly, everything is always optional on our adventures. If you want to take an afternoon off, you are free to do so. Second, we usually have multiple routes of varying difficulties, so you can choose to skate, bike, or hike a short, medium, or long route option. Third, we don’t stay in one big group, in which you feel pressured to either keep up with the fast people or slow down to accommodate those not as quick as you. Instead, you are free to find others in the group who like to go at about your speed. Finally, you always have our guides there to pick you up in the support van if you need a lift!
Having said all this, some adventures are definitely a bit more difficult than others. We categorize our adventures based on the type of adventure. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for each tour location for a description of that adventure’s difficulty level.
Trekking, Biking, Family, Food, Beer, and Wine Adventures
Because our trekking, biking, family, and wine adventures generally do not require specific skills, these trips are graded based on the difficulty level of the actual activity. These adventures fall into the following categories:
- For All Abilities: Most of our adventures are designed to accommodate everyone. No special skills are required and even people without a fitness base will enjoy these trips.
- Moderate: Trips rated Moderate have slightly harder routes and some base fitness in the trip activity is required.
- More Difficult: Trips rated More Difficult are our most difficult adventures. Although we do not expect you to be a strong athlete or in outstanding shape, we do expect you to be physically active on a regular basis.
On our Skating Adventures (including Skate Camps), we base the difficulty on the level of skating competence you need to enjoy the trip. Skate Camps are generally for Beginners and Advanced Beginners, while most of our Skate Tours are for those who are Advanced Beginner and up. Our definition of each skating ability level:
- Beginner: Have never been on skates or have been on them but are not comfortable skating.
- Advanced Beginner: Can skate forward but need work braking and handling rough terrain.
- Intermediate: Can skate forward, stop, and turn but need help on all three.
- Advanced Intermediate: Can skate forward, stop, and turn and are comfortable on rough terrain.
- Advanced: Are working on your stride efficiency (fitness stride).