WALKING IN THE WESTERN DOLOMITES

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

1 Seeing a chamois crossing the path not 20 ft away 2 Getting to the top of one of the highest peaks at almost 10000 ft on the free day (mainly by amazing cable car) 3 Managing to complete a section to the time specified on the signpost 4 As ever on an Exodus tripp meeting like minded people and having a great time getting to know them

What did you think of your group leader?

Eric was a very good leader - lots of knowledge about the area including the rocks, flowers etc.  The routes were chosen to make the most of poor weather forecasts although it turned out the forecasts were unduly pessimistic. He has a good sense of humour and the knack of creating a happy atmosphere in the group

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Make sure to take a swimsuit to take advantage of the hotel spa area.  On the free day a good choice is to take the cable cars to the top of Sass Podoi from where the view is incredible and the mountain hut does the usual excellent lunch.  I did find the altitude affected me, I had not been this high before and the walking made me more breathless than normal.  People more accustomed to heights did not experience this.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I like the holidays with two grades of walk, I think this is especially good for couples where one is stronger than the other and also it enables you to book with confidence that the correct grade can be chosen in the resort.  I had previously done a C walk on a different holiday, on this trip I was only able to manage the B grade, I think this was mainly due to the altitude which did affect me.  Do not be put off however, this is a fantastic trip to an amazing place.