Hike leaders often provide a brief oral description of the hike at the monthly club meeting. The description usually includes an assessment of the difficulty ( easy, moderate or strenuous) and might include trail length, elevation gain, and difficulty of footing or peculiarities in the terrain, together with highlights.
The leaders are volunteers: they take time to scout the trail, not only to find the way but also to judge the difficulty. They also make judgments on when to have rest stops, snack breaks and lunch (often helped by vocal advice from hikers on hike day).
The objective is to have an enjoyable day in the open, to exercise and to take in the sights. The hike is never intended to be an endurance test so there are frequent stops on steep sections or in rough terrain. We strive for fresh air, sunshine, interesting hikes, and good views. We don’t necessarily achieve all of these but we do always enjoy the good company of fellow hikers.