So basically even a low level climber can climb those.
How is that an achievement?
Even almost any idiot can climb the mountains of Nepal, they have sherpas that will train the fuck out of anyone if paid enough.
Hiking is like running a marathon, sure it might seem like a unique experience but everyone is doing it and it's really not that unique or hard.
People buy way too much into the commercial brainwashing going on to sell them hiking/marathon crap.
It's like crossfit, everybody and their goddamn mother is doing it because they see other people doing it. Sheep go baaaah
Hiking is much more individual then marathons or crossfit because every route is highly individual, with its own challenges and dangers. For example, not considering the weather on an alpine route is madness, while it is harmless regarding marathons or crossfit.
"Minor difficulty" in this case means that the climbing is quite challenging for laypersons. The UIAA is about actual mountaineering. I just looked it up, categories I and II (the "minor difficulties" stated above) can be done without a rope, though a rope is recommended for beginners. Category III already is the last one that pros are supposed to try without a rope.
Besides, other parts, like steep grassland or boulder fields, are often more dangerous than the climbing , for slipping can take you down a cliff.
The route is never fortified and often only sporadically marked, so that you have to orient, too.
Overall, it is more dangerous than having a Sherpa babysit you up the Mount Everest, for you will nearly always be on a rope in latter tour and never be at risk to lose your way.
I don't know, Boa. It certainly seems respectable to me. Which kind of sports do you respect?