Field courses vary in weather conditions, type of terrain and in the distances that participants are required to walk. Every field course is assigned an Exertion Level that describes the physical demands normally encountered during that course. It is important for every participant to be aware of the physical nature of each field course they wish to attend so that they can prepare accordingly. Disregarding the Exertion Level may place the participant, and the field course group generally, in a position of increased risk.
- EASY Mainly short walks (less than 1.6km/1 mile) with little elevation change (up to 100m/325 ft) on well-graded terrain with no steep or difficult sections; altitude below 2000m/6000 ft; weather not excessively warm (< 32˚C/90˚F) or cool (> 5˚C/40˚F); no special skills required; suitable for occasional walkers.
- MODERATE One or more longer walks (up to 6.4km/4 miles) with modest ascent/descent (300m/1000 ft); paths are well marked but may be rocky or slippery with some steep sections; altitude below 2500m/8000 ft; weather may be hot (> 32˚C/90˚F) or cold (< 5˚C/40˚F); suitable for participants of average fitness.
- DIFFICULT As MODERATE except walks may be up to 16km/10 miles; elevation changes may exceed 300m/1000 ft and some sections may be steep, exposed or precipitous; a good level of fitness is required.
Participants are encouraged to take responsibility for assessing their suitability for the course and can contact the GeoLogica office before the course begins if they have any questions about the physical requirements. Our team will be happy to advise on any medical or additional support if needed. Please note: where the situational conditions change, field safety officers will be on hand to communicate with the group and provide assistance if required.