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Keys SAC route portal Disciplines, keys and icons explained
The routes are shown on swisstopo maps. For each mountain sport discipline the cartographic symbols and the type of line give specific information about the terrain and the requirements. Lines and map symbols are shown in the colour of the respective discipline:
Mountain sport and cartographic symbols
Mountain and alpine hiking are classified into six grades according to the T grading system: from T1 (hiking) to T6 (difficult alpine hiking), where T stands for trekking.More about mountain and alpine hiking
- Solid line: leg of the route without alpine requirements, normally on a (marked) hiking trail or mountain hiking trail, difficulty up to T3.
- Dashed line: higher alpine requirements: some exposed and precarious passages occur, more difficult orientation in pathless terrain. As a rule difficulty from T4.
High alpine alpinism tours are classified into six grades according to the SAC grading system for alpine tours from L (easy) to EX (extremely difficult).More about alpine tours
- Solid line: hike on marked/faint trails
- Dashed line: hike on non marked/faint trails.
- Dotted line: pathless terrain, in which the details of the itinerary cannot be charted on the map, e.g. on glaciers or in rocky terrain. The actual itinerary may vary.
Climbing routes are graded according to the French grading system after the most difficult single passage on the tour.More about climbing
- Climbing symbol: denotes the approximate location of a climbing sector. Alpine climbing in steep faces is also denoted with this symbol.
- Dashed line: approximate itinerary of the climb, if chartable on the map (e.g. ridges or slightly steep faces and pillars).
Via ferratas are classified according to the Hüsler grading system from K1 (easy) to K6 (extremely difficult).More about via farratas
- Dashed line: approximate itinerary of the via ferrata.
The itinerary of a ski tour charted on a map is to be understood as a general indication. The actual itinerary may vary depending on the conditions. Ski tours are classified according to the SAC ski touring grading system into seven grades from L (easy) to EX (extremely difficult). The grading concerns exclusively the part of the route that is done on skis. Especially for high alpine tours, the passages that are climbed on foot can be the crux passages, which can significantly increase the overall difficulty. In this case the mountaineering passages are indicated under "Remarks" or "Key passages".More about ski tours
- Solid line: approximate itinerary of the ski tour.
- Dashed line: this leg of the route requires increased caution.
- Dotted line: • this leg is normally climbed on foot (from a ski depot and back).
The itinerary of snowshoe hikes charted on a map is to be considered an approximate guideline. The actual itinerary may vary depending on the conditions. Snowshoe hikes are classified according to the WT grading system into six grades: WT1 (easy snowshoe hike) up to WT6 (challenging alpine snowshoe tour), where "WT" stands for "winter trekking".More about snowshoe tours
- Solid line: Approximate itinerary of the snowshow tour.
On the map the destination of a tour (gernerally a summit) is denoted by a symbol. The colour corresponds to the discipline by which the destination can be reached.
- col / pass
- stop for refreshment
- interesting point
- starting point
- SAC cabin
- private cabin
- tip / caution
- Summits reachable on a mountain or alpine hiking tour.
- Col crossable by various mountain sports disciplines.
For easier orientation and better planning the map can be interactively moved and complemented by additional layers (e.g. public transportation stops, hiking trails, slope decline, wildlife sanctuary zones).
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