Reclassify Snowshoe Routes and Trips Using New S/T Rating System ~WebsiteOnly
This posting is the result of 1) a few years of cross-branch discussions among the Snowshoe Programs of the various branches, and 2) email discussions with the Program Center about how to go about changing the rating system used to classify Snowshoe trips. The feedback we received from the Program Center was that the correct way to document our request for changing the website was to post the changed to feedback.mountaineers.org.
The Snowshoe Programs of the various branches would like to change the way that Snowshoe Routes and Trips are rated so that each route/trip has a separate Strenuous and Technical rating - this is of course the same technique used by scrambles and climbs. A final version of the new rating scheme was presented at the Snowshoe Summit held on October 9 and approved unanimously by all branches. The proposal document includes the rationale for the change, and can be viewed here:
The website project needed to implement the new snowshoe S/T trip ratings is scheduled for work this spring/summer with the intent to be ready for the next season.
We will need to provide new inputs for the revised snowshoe trip ratings, and your recommendations based on recently led or traveled trips is appreciated! We have created a Google spreadsheet to collect input. Please take a moment to share your recent insights on snowshoe trip routes.
Jimmy Klansnic commented
Excellent plan. This will be a boon to clarifying Routes, and for trip leaders to post trips so that participant can better make selections for their skill and conditioning level.