Thanks to Michael
Dallin, webmaster of the Rocky Mountain National
Park website for mentioning Yosemite
Decimal System (YDS). Classes for rating hikes/climbs:
- Class 1: The
hike is on a trail.
- Class 2: The
hike is cross-country or across easy boulder fields where
routefinding is necessary.
- Class 3: The
hike requires the use of hands, but is not hard enough to
warrant a rope (scrambling).
- Class 4: The
hike is on steep terrain and requires a roped belay.
- Class 5: The
hike involves technical moves and requires protective
hardware. This is further broken down to numbers
5.0-5.13. 5.0 means that there are ample foot/handholds.
5.12 is vertical. 5.13 is vertical with areas of
Most of the hikes I do in Rocky Mountain
National Park are Class 1 hikes, but there are plenty of other
hikes and climbs you can do, up to and including the most
difficult Class 5 hikes.
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