Exposure

Defined by the consequences of a fall

The most exposed section of a route determines the exposure rating of the whole route.

Normal injury risk
  • Trail is not exposed in a way that a fall would have more severe consequences as it anyway has.
  • There are also no sections that are exposed but secured by safety nets to mitigate the consequences of a fall, so you will not feel vertigo.
High risk of serious injury
  • A fall in such terrain carries a high risk of serious injury
  • Examples: steep forest or meadow terrain below the trail, where one can stop a fall; or a 2 m high vertical drop directly next to the trail.
  • There can be sections that are more exposed but secured by safety nets, so you may feel vertigo.
Life threatening consequences
  • A fall in such terrain is life threatening
  • Examples: steep terrain below the trail passing into a vertical drop further down, but you have a chance to stop yourself falling; or a 4 m high vertical drop directly next to the trail.
Fatal consequences
  • A fall in such terrain is fatal
  • Vertical drop right next to the trail without any possibility to stop your fall.