WALKING IN THE WESTERN DOLOMITES

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

All the walks had moments that were inspirational, especially the constantly unfolding and paroramic views. Reaching the top of a long & steep climb that Eric had described as a 'short scramble'! Finding that the whole group gelled and that we were all very happy to spend virtually the whole of each day together!

What did you think of your group leader?

Eric led Group B and his familularity with the area, his preparation and willingness to adjust routings to suit the conditions and our pace were all first class. He kept us all in good humour without being 'in your face' at all. He clearly had the measure of us all and gradually increased the walking challenge each day as our pace and condition improved. Albert, who led Group C, was equally able & great fun. They made a good team.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

We walked with in Group B most days as, despite being fairly fit, we found the Group C just a little too strenuous to start with (is was a holiday after all!). Don't think that Group B is for softies - these walks are still demanding, just not as much as Group C! Bring your swimming things - the wellness is a wonderful way to unwind after a long walk. Don't expect to loose any weight - the food is just too good. Add a day or two in Venice at the start or end of your holiday.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

As someone else has remarked, the title of this holiday is a little too modest when compared to the 'Classic Dolomites'. Don't be put off - it is utterly spectacular. You will not be disappointed. The timing of the outward flight/transfer was not great - we arrived at the hotel at 3am (and left for our first walk at 8:30am). This was our first Exodus - it will not be our last.