Each of the 10 criteria was rated and equally weighted from a 5 (highest) to a 1 (lowest), with halves acceptable. A basic bell curve was in mind, only a few courses deservedly received top billing, and a few were earmarked as the worst.
Natural scenery and landscape (A) is straightforward and subjective; however, important nonetheless to hikers. Conditions of the trail (B) are given the best mark if it is in like-new condition for what can be reasonably acceptable for the terrain it covers, and then marked down from there. Environmental damage and lack of footprint on the area (C) is dependent on two things. First, the amount of people using the trail and its effect (and the litter left) on the environment. Second, how the people living around where the course goes through and its effect (and the litter left) on the environment - as well as the visible sea waste.
Bilingual opportunities (D) represent how easy it is for a native English speaker to learn about the trail, both actually on the trail (for instance, signs) and on the Internet (i.e., Weekly articles, Olle and KTO Web sites written about a topic along the trail, or the trail itself). For E, crowd control / compared to how many people are using the trail is considered in relation to how many people can honestly be on the trail, looking at its popularity, without doing damage. Facilities around the area (F) primarily deals with bathrooms and washrooms, their availability and reasonable expectations for where they should be, and a standard level of cleanliness.
Improvements (G) take into consideration what has been modified on the course to successfully be low-impact and used for a hiking or walking trail. Park planning / architecture (H) also meaning “course planning / architecture of the trail’s design” looks at how well it was executed to what can be considered worthy to see in the immediate area. Last, a few hours after completing the course, a short-term (overall) impression factor (I) was scored; followed by, at least three days after, a long-term (overall) impression factor (J) and considered many times over once a final mark was tallied.
After rating the courses individually with 10 different criteria, they stack up in order as if rated holistically.
Ratings From a 1 to 5 grade (5=A, 4=B, 3=C, 2=D, 1=F), halves acceptable + or - . A.) Natural scenery and landscape B.) Conditions of the trail C.) Environmental damage / lack of footprint on the area D.) Bilingual opportunities E.) Crowd control / compared to how many people are using trail F.) Facilities around the area G.) Improvements H.) Park planning / architecture I.) Short-term impression factor J.) Long-term impression factor
Bonus... Top 10 hit places on the Olle trail (in no particular order, placed in order of course number) 1.) Kim Young Gap Gallery (Course No. 3) 2.) Three-kilometer stretch including Sojeongbang Falls, Jeongbang Falls, Lee Jung Seop’s Museum, Cheonjiyeon Falls (Course No. 6-A) 3.) Gutdang - palace of god walking path / palm tree forest (Course No. 7) 4.) Sanbangsan and Songaksan (Course No. 10) 5.) Gotjawal (Course Nos. 11 and 14.1) 6.) Suwolbong to Dangsanbong overlooking Chagwido area (Course No. 12) 7.) Nakcheon Chair Village and Jeoji Oreum (Course No. 13) 8.) Napeup warm-temperate forest (Course No. 15) 9.) Dongmun Market (Course No. 18) 10.) Chujado, various sites (Course No. 18-1)
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