Five Steps of Fitness
The fitness grading we use at VUWTC is based around five 'steps' of fitness and is used to enable us to place you in a group of people with similar abilities and fitness.
What's for me?
If you are unsure of your level of fitness, either because it has been a while since you tramped or this is your first tramp, then it is better not to go for medium fit or fit grades but to place yourself in easy, medium easy or medium.
You will notice that we have specified levels of knowledge before you should go on medium fit or fit trips. This is because these groups often go into difficult areas and we would like each group member, along with the leader, to have enough knowledge to keep themselves out of trouble.
|Grading||What Is Expected||Grade Suits|
|ME - Medium Easy||
|M - Medium||
|MF - Medium Fit||
|F - Fit||
If you are still unsure about what level of fitness you are, then either discuss this with the Chief Guide or the trip organiser. In general we would advise you to go for medium easy or easy if you have never tramped or hardly ever and medium easy or medium if you have done some tramping.
Remember - The best way to improve tramping fitness is to go tramping !!!!!