Get prepared for your next Hiking adventure
Everything you need to know about the Hiking Classification Swtizerland.
Hiking is a fun and enjoyable sport so let’s get you started. Being outdoors gives you a sense of freedom from your everyday life. Anything that helps you de-stress and rejuvenate is to be applauded. Be aware, though, that you cannot go straight from the home or office environment and hit the trail without preparation. This include to know the hiking classification Switzerland uses.
Let’s get into it.
The SAC (Swiss Alpine Club – Website: https://www.sac-cas.ch) is one of the organisation responsible to scale the difficulties of the Trekking Routes. The SAC Trekkingscale goes from T1 (the easiest) to T6 (most difficult),”T” standing for Trekking. Let’s see the meaning of each of them.
T1 = Hiking
The T1 hiking routes are marked in yellow, there are no special requirements in terms of equipment, the trail is well cleared and the area is mostly flat or slightly sloped with no hazard of falling.
T2 = Mountain Hiking
The T2 hiking routes are marked in red and white, hiking shoes are recommended as well as some sure footedness. The trail is a continuous path generally marked, the terrain in some sections is steep and the danger of falling is not excluded.
T3 = Demanding Mountain Hiking
The T3 hiking routes are marked in red and white, good hiking shoes are recommended, well sure-footed as well as some basic alpine experience. The trail in exposed sites may be secured with ropes or chains, you may need to use hands for balance. The terrain may be partly exposed with fall hazard, scree, pathless jagged rocks.
T4 = Alpine Hiking
The T4 hiking routes are marked in blue and white, solid trekking boots are recommended, familiarity with exposed terrain as well as some ability for terrain assessment and alpine experience. The trail requires the use of the hands and climbing up to level one grade. The terrain is quite exposed with fall hazard, jagged rocks, facile snow-free glaciers.
T5 = Demanding Alpine Hiking
The T5 hiking routes are marked in blue and white, mountaineering boots are recommended as well as a reliable ability for terrain assessment and good alpine experience. Elementary knowledge of handling with ice axe and rope is also required. The trail requires the use of the hands and climbing up to level two grade only in some sections. The terrain is exposed and demanding, jagged rocks and few dangerous glacier sections.
T6 = Difficult Alpine Hiking
The T6 hiking routes are marked in blue and white, you need a mature alpine experience for these type of hiking routes and familiarity with the handling of technical alpine equipment. The trail requires the use of the hands and climbing up to level two grade. The terrain is often very exposed, precarious jagged rocks and dangerous glacier sections with danger to slip and fall.
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