Highlights of the Dolomites
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
On the final day, after an extremely steep climb, celebrating at the top of a pass with fantastic views. Finally getting a good look at marmots that we'd heard alarm-calling all week. Floating silently down a mountain in a chair lift - magical! Often, if we stopped and looked back, we could see our impressive path for miles behind. We regularly felt a sense of real pride as we realised what we had achieved.
What did you think of your group leader?
We did not walk with Lizz's group, but she was extremely helpful, friendly and organised regarding other aspects of the holiday. We have had Albert as Group Leader on a previous trip (Espedalen, cross-country skiing) and we were delighted to discover that he was leading us again. His laid-back style engenders a really nice atmosphere in a group and he has the knack of making you work just hard enough to feel achievement without feeling pushed too hard. His selection of routes was surprisingly varied and we would love to have him leading us on future trips.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Take walking poles. There were lots of long, steep descents and poles really help take the strain off knees. Take a backpack hydration system. It can be hot, hard work and regular sips of water as you go along are much better than waiting until the stops and then drinking loads. Prepare for the holiday by improving your fitness as much as you can.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The leaders suggested going up to the Sas de Pordoi on our free day. This was well worth it to experience the strange, lunar-landscape plateau, although you will be experiencing it with an awful lot of other people! Make sure you go over near the Cross to see the 'hole' - some people on our trip missed this impressive feature. Moena itself is a beautiful, friendly little town with a lovely atmosphere, useful shops and plenty going on. We had an excellent group meal out, there were at least a couple of evening musical street events and we were lucky enough to be there for an enchanting lantern festival.