• Walking Trails in Sao Jorge - Azores

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difficulty levels

The degree of difficulty varies from person to person depending on their physical condition. Therefore, this classification is very subjective. However, factors such as the length, the type of terrain, the slope and the weather (cold or excessive heat turn the walking difficult) should be considered when establishing the degree of difficulty of a route. There are no difficult hikes: just go slow and steady. It is people who can turn a walk or activity in a difficult thing.
How? Trying to do it in the shortest time possible. Or (of course) trying something without the necessary physical condition.

All who wish to participate in our activities must be aware of their condition and health status to accomplish them.

 

there are four levels of difficulty to classify our activities:


difficulty easy

The "Easy" classification is the degree of difficulty that characterizes the activities as simple and uncomplicated. The activities with this difficulty are designed so that the participant do not make physical effort, not more than two hours, smooth paths, low elevation and easy accessibility. It is recommended for people with moderate physical condition gained in their normal day-to-day life.

difficulty medium

The "Medium" classification is the degree of difficulty of an activity where physical effort is of about 4 hours, with some gaps, intended for people who use to walk.

difficulty hard

The "Hard" classification is the degree of difficulty of an activity with more than four hours of physical effort, with a long and/or difficult route, with steep slopes and some delicate passages. It is recommended for people who practice regular sports and are in good shape.

difficulty extrem

The “Extreme” classification is the degree of difficulty of an activity with more than 6 hours of physical effort, with a very long and/or too difficult route, with many steep slopes and very delicate passages. It is recommended for people who practice sports of competition and in an excellent physical shape.

caution

"This classification was prepared by Aventour for exclusive use in the classification of the degree of difficulty of our activities. It has no basis in any official classification."

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motivation

Our programs involve adventure activities. This means that they take place in remote areas where we are deprived of the comfort of our homes. You should also be prepared for the uncontrolled unexpected caused by Nature: the weather conditions changing, the sea conditions, the increase of the flow in rivers…. Although we make sure we do our best to accomplish what we have programmed for you, we can’t guarantee that it will happen exactly as the original program. It is possible that, sometimes, in these activities, you have the discomfort of wet clothes and boots, of the cold, of the rain and wind… but certainly you will be rewarded at the end and simply say, "it was worth it."

clothes

 Use resistant and pliable pants or shorts and preferably polyamide or other quick-drying fabric;

Do not use jeans, because that fabric retains the movements and the perspiration;

Avoid colors or camouflage patterns to facilitate where you are in case of emergencies;

Coat or other warm clothing for when you arrive to the end of the activity or to wear every time it is cold or raining;

A cap if there is a lot of sun, the head is our biggest temperature radiator;

Boots for trekking or, if you don´t have ones, a pair of quite sturdy and comfortable tennis, preferably with ankles protection;

Appropriate socks are essential, such as a spare pair to change if you get wet;

Sunscreen and sunglasses, even if it is cloudy.

individual equipment

Hiking stick;

Comfortable backpack;

Garbage bags;

Sacos para lixo;

Photographic camera (recharge the battery / batteries, memory cards).

physical condition

You should read the program activity carefully once this gives you details about the physical effort: the number of hours of effort, the overnight locations and degree of difficulty of the courses.

You should evaluate your health and ask for your doctor’s advice if you have doubts. You must inform us of your health condition if it interferes with the normal course of the program or your skills to accomplish it.