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Module 1: Grading and guidebooks

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Outdoor Education - Grading and guidebooks

Grading and guidebooks

Less destruction of the envrionment is usual if people follow the
correct route if it is mapped out for them in guidebooks.

With the increase in participation in all areas of outdoor adventure, we
have seen a great increase in the development of guidebooks and grading
systems. The use of guidebooks and grading systems can influence concepts
and practices of outdoor adventure in two main ways: levels of
participation and the effect on the environment. When people use guidebooks
and maps, less destruction is usual.

This seems to be because people are more likely to follow the correct
route if it is mapped out for them. Without guidebooks and pamphlets,
people tend to walk off tracks and climb, paddle or walk in the wrong
areas. The emergence of guidebooks and grading systems has helped
participation in a variety of ways, including:

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