46° self guided hiking tours in Italy
HIKING (italian system)
Italian Alpine Club classifies hiking trails as follows:
T - tourist
Walks have flat or easy gradients and a wide, smooth, solid trail tread. They are often well maintained and near to civilization. Paths are not so long and in good weather conditions there are not orienteering difficulties.
E - hikers
Hikes have moderate slopes and generally solid trail tread. They are often well maintained: walkers find cairns (a cairn is an artificial pile of stones erected as landmarks) or signs painted on rocks or trees to indicate the right way. Sometimes "E" trails can be hiked also if covered with snow, but only for moderate slopes. Specific hiking gear, orienteering abilities and long walk training are required.
EE - skilled hikers
Trails are often marked but orienteering skills are actually required: routes usually encounter slippery grassy slopes, short sections of scree (small loose rocks on average angle slopes). Rock outcrops can usually be negotiated without the use of hands, but sometimes hikers could have to climb short rock bands requiring use of hands.
Scrambling does not usually require specialized climbing equipment or skills, but hikers can meet with short and easy equipped stretches of trail. Alpine experience, firm and steady step are required. Hikers may also be exposed to heights and have to be trained for a whole day walk.
EEA - skilled and equipped hikers
Mountain routes which are equipped with fixed cables, stemples, ladders, and bridges. The use of these aids allows otherwise isolated routes to be joined to create longer routes which are accessible to people with a wide range of climbing abilities. Walkers and climbers can follow via ferratas with no need to use their own ropes and belays, and without the risks associated with unprotected scrambling and climbing (via ferrata).