We evaluate the skill level required for your enjoyment on a Ruby Range Adventure by assessing a combination of different factors. We take into consideration the technical skill level of the route, the tempo of the trip in regards to the length of each day, the isolation and the expected weather conditions. By looking at all these factors we rate our adventures in the following way: 

BEGINNER

INTERMEDIATE

EXPERT

CANOE SKILL LEVEL RATING

Never even sat in a canoe before, no problem! Our open programs always start off with an instructional component designed to teach you the skills necessary for safe wilderness travel. A background in camping and paddling is an asset but not necessary. These programs are open to expert and novice paddlers alike. You will appreciate the experienced teaching skills of our patient guides.

Best suited for  those with a basic level of wilderness travel, You have been on a few camping trips before and have played around in a canoe and kayak You should know how to keep a canoe in a straight line and have the stamina to carry your personal bag and paddle for several hours.

Not for Novice paddlers. Trips rated as experienced are major expeditions. These trips are usually in remote locations where weather is unpredictable. Your paddling skills are at an intermediate level, you can handle your canoe or kayak in most weather conditions and have basic whitewater skills. Above all you have the right attitude, one of cooperation and flexibility.

HIKING SKILL LEVEL RATING

Moderate hikes with light day pack, courses and activities are suitable for beginners and include necessary equipment and safety gear.

Distance per day: 1-7 km
Hiking Time: 3 hr or less
Pace: 1-3 km/h
Terrain: Easy
(Pavement, Packed dirt, Sand)
Class of Terrain: 1-2
Elevation Gain/loss: 0 – 250 m
Altitude: Sea level to 1500 m
No altitude impact 

Best suited for those with a basic level of wilderness travel. You have been on a few camping trips before. All campgrounds during this hiking vacation are accessible by car. Backpacking is not necessary. For the daily hikes you carry only your lunch, rain gear, camera etc.

Distance per day: 5-15 km
Hiking Time: 4-8 hr
Pace: 2-5 km/h
Terrain: Easy to Difficult
(Inclines with loose rock; narrow trails; poor trails, some snow)
Class of Terrain: 1-3
Elevation Gain/loss: 0 – 1000 m
Less at higher altitudes
Altitude: Sea level to 2500 m
Sea level to high altitude 

Not for Novice hiker. Trips rated as experienced are major expeditions. These trips are usually in remote locations where weather is unpredictable. Backpacking is necessary. Gear and equipment will be split between participants. Each backpack will weigh 10-25kg. Bushwhacking, cross country boulderhopping, easy scrambling, some snow. Above all you have the right attitude, one of cooperation and flexibility.

Distance per day: 10-30 km
Hiking Time: 8 h or more
Pace: 3-5 km/h
Terrain: Easy to Extreme
(Inclines with loose rock; narrow trails; poor trails, Some rock hopping, snow, ice)
Class of Terrain: 1-4
Elevation Gain/loss: 0 – 1250 m
Altitude: Sea level to 2500 m
No altitude impact

As a side note; many of our participants on Expert Level adventures are over 50 years in age.