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How to use the Route reports

Giving a report of a ride, and above all coding it to be classified is, by nature, extremely subjective. In addition to the experience and capacity of the rider, it is highly influenced by: 

The Handicap Level: strength, balance, reflex of the rider are all dependent on their handicap.  Crossing an incline may pose no problem for a paraplegic with abdominal muscle use but a quadriplegic without the use of chest muscles will fall in the direction of the slope and so will need assistance to cross. 

The Model of ORWC: each model (Dahu, CTT or Cobra) has its own specific qualities making its use easier on certain types of terrain or handicap.  The same routes on a Dahu will handle differently than on a CTT. 

The Conditions on The Day: a route at the beginning of the season crossing icy snow or a steep slope made muddy by storm will greatly alter the perceived level of difficulty.

One should then be extremely cautious when using the information provided in the reports published on this web. Just keep in mind each of them is nothing else than a one man opinion and should by no means be considered as a riding guide. 

To put this in perspective, the first 160 reports were written by a C6-C7 quadriplegic, riding a Cobra, and who has used for the last 11 years the following reports conventions. We suggest that you take them for your own routes reports and let us know if you found them appropriate to your situation. 


Route : Starting and ending points
Author :       Source of informations, e-mail Route #:
Area: i.e. Alpes N, S, Pyrennées, … Mountain range:    i.e. Bauges

Reference IGN 1/25000

Location:    Map scanned

Low risk, not remote (easy to reach in case of problem)
Low risk, partly remote (more difficult to reach in case of problem)
Some risks, or mostly remote (difficult to reach in case of problem)
Route risky, or scary, or external assistance difficult to be provided
Long portions at risk, or external assistance impossible to be provided
Comments on exposure: Details on the parts of the route which are at risk, or remote. Information on the psychological aspect of the route (steep slopes, cliffs, narrow paths etc…). Also when a rope is needed. 
Difficulty: F :  Easy
PD : Not Difficult
AD : Average Difficulty
D : Difficult
TD : Very Difficult
ED : Extremely Dl
Smooth rides (i.e. paved roads)
Smooth and slightly technical (i.e. dirt roads)
Some technical or steep portions
Many technical parts and steep slopes
Mostly technical and steep
The limit of the best riders
Comments on Difficulty: Summary of the kind of difficulty found on the route. What sort of technicality (side slopes, rocks, major steps…) Incline and length of the slope 
Assistance: 1
A few occasional obstacles
More obstacles but still infrequent
Some limited climbs or frequent but short obstacles
Important climbs or long carrying or need to use a rope
Very sustained (i.e.: very long climbs or carrying portions, mandatory rope)
Comments on the assistance needed: Summary of kind of problems which request some assistance (obstacles, climbs, carrying)
Estimate of how many people might be needed for assistance
Technical skills required to provide the assistance (rope handling, risk management)
View : **** Outstanding
*** Wonderfull
** Very nice
* Nice
Exceptional view.
Great high altitude view (i.e. Mont Blanc)
Nice view in a pleasant landscape
Nice landscape
Maximumelevation : The highest point of the route (generally the starting point)
Total drop:

in meters

Climb:                      in meters

in km

Average length:          in  hours
Itinerary: Brief description of the route done and of its key points. This needs to be used with the help of the location map.. 
Comments on accessing the starting point:
V  (car)
RM  (Mechanical lifts)
4 x 4
Driving recommendations
Wheelchair accessibility, cost
Length, driving difficulty, where to rent one
By men or animals. Length and difficulty. Where to rent animals..
ORWC: Dahu, CTT or Cobra. (affects the level of perceived route's difficulty)
Guide:       Name and address of the professional guide who lead the route

Free comments: Such as your overall feeling on the route, what should'nt be missed in the area (tourism, view, animals etc…), the best period to do it. 

Date: (Important to estimate the weather conditions)

Last update : 04/08/2003 12:20

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