How to understanding hiking-scale described in English.

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There is a Trekking scale defined Swiss Alpine Club in the Swiss Alps.
A safety measure (eg. Guides, markers, etc) keep it.
And, hikers need following and keeping it.
Then, they can enjoy more safety hiking.

 

Here, we present our understand of The SAC Trekking scale in this article.

Caution

We discuss the trekking scale in non-snow condition only.
Hiking course with snow is more and  more danger for its hikers.
Also bad weather may has snow on hiking trails in the Switzerland.
It’s usual.
We hope you consider adequately it, and enjoy safety hiking in the Swiss Alps.

The SAC Trekking scale

See It’s detail in the next site.

http://www.alpenwanderleiter.ch/wa_files/Structure_20oft_20the_20SAC_20Trekkingscale.pdf

We understand it as the next issues.

T1 (hiking)

It’s marked with yellow color.
Its trail is good kept up, and terrain is flat or gentle slope.
Also there’s no tumble risk.

T2 (mountain hiking)

It’s marked with red and white color.
It has continuants of clear trails with no losing the balance in climbing.
Its terrain is espesially hard with tumble risk.

T3 (demanding mountain hiking)

It’s marked with red and white color.
At dangerous points on the trail, there are ropes and/or chains.
You may need both hands for the balance.
There are some risks (eg.. tumble , falling rocks,or loose rocks) on the partially dangerous points.

T4 (alpine hiking)

It’s marked with blue and white color.
You may need both hands for getting forward on the trail.
There are always risks (eg.. climbing patch of plants or shrubs on a steep rocky surface, loose rocks, easy glaciers without snow )

T5 (demanding alpine hiking)

It’s marked with blue and white color.
You need rock climbing on the trail.
There are always risks (eg.. loose rocks, some dangerous glaciers and grain of frozen perceptual snow )

T6 (difficult alpine hiking)

It’s marked with blue and white color.
You always rock climbing on the trail.
There are very hard risks sometimes (eg.. loose rocks, dangerous glaciers with slip and tumble )

Trekking scale walked by us

Thus, most easy hiking course ; that’s scale is T1 (unity marked yellow).
T2 and T3 corresponds walking along mountain ridges in Japan Alps.
It’s unity marked (unity red and white).
But more difficult grades from T4 to T6 are unity marked blue and white.
A hiker without expert  climber don’t enter this marked route (blue and white).
Also red and white marked route include T3 grade.
There are hard points on the route.
Get good ground work, and don’t enter such course.

We got the next listings on our experiences.

T1

Grindelwald

Unterer Grindelwald Gletscher (Phinstegg to Bäregghütte)
Gr.Scheidegg to First, Bachsee (Panoramaweg)
Männlichen – Kleine Scheidegg
Mannlichen – Wengen

Zermatt

Blauherd to Riffelalp
Gornergrat to Riffelberg
Gletschergarten

Kandersteg

Across Gemmipass between Sunnbüel and Gemmipass

T2

Grindelwald

Eigergletscher to Kleine Scheidegg
Faulhornweg
Gr.Scheidegg to Bachsee Faulhorn (Höhenweg)
Mountain-view trail (Mürren)

Zermatt

Hohenweg Hohbalmen
Schönbielhütte
Sunnegga to Riffelalp
Sunnega to Stellisee
Riffelberg to Gornergrat
Unterrothorn to Sunnega via Tufteralp
Täsch – Täschhütte (zigzag climb)
Europaweg

Kandersteg

Oeschinensee via Heuberg

Bettmeralp

Panoramaweg (from Lake Bettmersee to Riederfurka)

T3

Zermatt

Oberrothorn
Hornlihutte
Täsch – Täschhütte (direct climb)

Bettmeralp

Eggishorn to Tälligrat and Tällisee

We hope you put a plan through carefully and safely.
Also we feel course time (SAC-std) is for good walkers.
If you get bad weather in mountains of the Swiss Alps, you may get falling snow in summer.
It’s usual.
We wish you get enjoying safety hiking.

References

We succeeded understanding it with helping the next information.
Thank you so much.

Key:sac_scale , openstreetmap.org,
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:sac_scale

The Swiss (SAC) Hiking Scale , summitpost.org,
https://www.summitpost.org/grading-hiking-routes-sac-hiking-scale/187254

SAC-CAS difficulties scale , Le origini – mithrandir85.altervista.org , http://www.montagneticinesi.ch/scala_cas/?lang=en

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