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  hiking > difficulty levels
 
Climbing a hill in 35C heat with 90% humidity is not just difficult, it's dangerous. Don't go on a hike you know you can't manage. The hikes offered on this site are divided into six, easy to understand categories. Hiker ratings also use the same performance categories:
   
 
Snail
Snails slide slowly and methodically along their path. They don't like climbing hills and they don't like walking more than 12km.
Tortoise
Tortoises don't like walking more than 15km, although they can plod up and down a few hills - slowly and carefully, of course.
Snake
Social snakes are capable of slithering up to 20km. They don't like too many hard ups and downs, but don't mind the occasional technical path.
Lion
Lions are brave and have no fear of difficult, technical hikes. They can keep going for up to 25km of tricky, physically challenging terrain.
Kangaroo
Kangaroos can bounce along a hike for anything up to 30km, enjoying the challenge of finding paths or cascading up or down near vertical hills.
Flying Bottle
Reserved for hikes which are abnormally difficult technically speaking. Distance has no real bearing. Expect to have a difficult, exciting day.
   
 
The following extra skills may also be required on some of the hikes:
   
 
Mountain Goat
Mountain goats love steep, precarious, gravelly, rocky hills and never suffer from vertigo. Up or down, it makes no difference.
Pathfinder
Pathfinders never get lost. No matter if the path is overgrown, difficult to find or even non existent. They will either find a path, or make one.
Eel
Eels are slippery and slidey and have no worries about crossing slippery, wet river beds strewn with algae covered rocks and boulders.