What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Via Ferrata- firmly protected scambling- is a marvellous way for a novice to really experience some amazing mountaineering. The Dolomites are a perfect venue to select for this purpose. There were many inspirational moments, looking down from very exposed spots, knowing that you would otherwise never in your life be perched so precipitously, enjoying such a wonderful view.

What did you think of your group leader?

The quality of the mountain guides was absolutely crucial to maximise enjoyment and minimise stress. Thanks to Exodus for their selection – ours were really superb. They were extremely attentive, supportive, and reassuring. Their service was reliable and responsive. They seemed to evaluate the group’s ability levels skilfully. Route choices were excellent. Expert help was consistently provided just at the required crucial moments, and in a very friendly manner.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

I have a tiny bit of climbing experience, and also wore scrambling boots rather than hiking boots. I found both these elements helpful, especially towards the end of the week, when we did a couple of more challenging routes.