Cairn Leadership

Levels Of Challenge

Choose just enough adversity to create cohesion and deep learning.

Some people on your team won't want to sleep on the ground... We get that.

We tailor your experience to match your team’s abilities and goals, meeting industry standards along the way in safety, certifications, and education. 

easy challenge, level 1

Level 1

  • Easy to moderate hiking and trekking (walk 1-2 miles per hour on flat terrain)

  • Lighter packs

  • Easy terrain (i.e. not much rough footing on trails)

  • Challenge by choice climbing

  • Hikes 1-4 miles with little to no elevation gain

level 2, moderate challenge

Level 2

  • Moderate hiking and climbing (walk 2-3 miles per hour on flat terrain)

  • May require carrying moderate packs (up to 40 lbs)

  • 5-12 miles with 1,000+ feet of elevation gain

  • Some uneven footing

  • Elevations usually below 10,000′

level 3, Moderate to strenuous trekking and climbing

Level 3

  • Moderate to strenuous trekking and climbing

  • May require carrying heavy packs (up to 45-50 lbs)

  • 5-12 miles with elevation gain of 2,000+ feet

  • Elevations can be above 10,000′

  • Moderate to intermediate terrain

  • Nights are spent in tents or hut

level 4, Strenuous trekking and climbing

Level 4

  • Strenuous trekking and climbing

  • May require carrying heavy packs (up to 60+ lbs)

  • Elevations often above 10,000′

  • 5-12 miles with elevation gain of 3,000+ feet

  • Intermediate to advanced terrain

  • Nights are spent in tents

  • Glacier or technical travel can be involved

  • Can involve travel in remote areas

level 5, Strenuous climbing

Level 5

  • Strenuous climbing

  • May require carrying heavy packs (up to 50 lbs)

  • Requires intermediate technical skills

  • May require previous experience

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