The Penticton Adventurers' Club keeps a record for many of our hikes for which a degree of difficulty (DoD) has been calculated based on data from a GPS. The degree of difficulty is measured using a range of 2 and above. DoD values of 2 indicate a walk on a mostly flat surface. Hikes with a DoD value of below 6 are considered easy; 6 through 9 values indicate a moderate hike and values above 10 and above indicate a strenuous hike. The DoD value rises with increased length, total ascent, the sum of elevation changes, steeper slopes and/or irregular footing.
Grading of hikes is always subjective: a hike of moderate difficulty for one person may be easy for a second and difficult for a third person. New hikers find their individual comfort levels by joining us on different hikes.
Please remember that the (DoD) rating is only a guide, based on a GPS track.
A planned hike is not a race; we enjoy the scenery, take photos, stop for water breaks, etc. Our objective is to enjoy the outdoors on any of the many wonderful trails in our area and to get everyone home safely.