What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Reaching the refuge after descending from near the summit was wonderful.  The relief of sitting down, playing cards with the group and realising that we all had just climbed almost to the top of a mountain in high winds and driving snow, fantastic.  The shared experience will be a cherished memory. Hot chocolate never tasted so good!  Especially when watching the sun set over the alps, a truly magnificent sight to behold – they sky seemed to be on fire. 

What did you think of your group leader?

The group leader/guide was well organised and knew his mountains, of which his achievements were somewhat understated!  He always seemed to be calm, collected and relaxed, even when the weather turned against us.  His great sense of humour and observational skills made sure that you were okay and having fun.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Good fitting boots are essential, as you need you feet to be in tip top condition.  If they are not quite right then ask to change them or help to adjust them – they trip organisers are always willing to assist.  Also sun cream and lip balm/protection, don’t forget them. 

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Whilst we didn’t get to climb what we wanted we all still had a good time.  The key was being flexible.  You can’t beat Mother Nature – she will inevitably win.  If you are prepared to try something different from what you are expecting you can still have a great time and pick up skills for your next attempt/mountain.