WALKING IN TUSCANY

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Bob and Alan we inspirational, both are just under double my age at somewhere around 60. Both were amongst the fittest people in our group. When I was told Bob had run 5 miles and swum 100 laps of the pool before breakfast before the upcoming 6 hours walk I thought they were pulling my leg, they weren’t.  I aspire to being as fit as they are when I am nearing retirement. As one of 4 mild vertigo sufferers, still being alive having walked across the ridge was pretty inspirational (challenging departures only). Having muttered a raft of expletives on first sight, with Liz’s and the group’s encouragement we all got to the other side, this was very gratifying. On the later walks looking back at the mountain one you had already been up was very cool.

What did you think of your group leader?

Liz was awesome and dealt fantastically with everything that was thrown at her. She is almost certainly never going to have so many people keel over exhausted or injured on her again. 4 vertigo suffers, myself included, on an exposed ridge would test the patience of a saint. Although Liz clearly doesn't get why some bits are particularly terrifying, she never ran out of encouragement. Very good driver, which helps in the mountains 

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Some departures are moderate and some are challenging. Pick your departure carefully being realistic about your own level of fitness. If you can't walk at a brisk pace for 5 hours don't book a challenging departure! The exodus web site describes the grading system in massive detail http://www.exodus.co.uk/walkinggrades? Just like in any sport, get fit to play don't play to get fit. That said if you are fit, the challenging departure was awesome.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

This has already been stated in other reviews, but more choice of cereals and more fruit at breakfast would be easy to achieve and make a big difference. Personally, I think a breakfast without bacon is an opportunity missed, but that would be much harder to provide.