CORSICA: THE GR20
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The Cirque De La Solitude stands out for me. A 600m vertical descent, followed by roughly the same amount back up, on the other side using chains and even a ladder to negotiate the route. The path is very well marked, but this was pure adventure! Another wonderful highlight was the Col De Bavella on the final day. This day was long and very tough. At the end of a 2 week trip, the ascent to this particular Col is a real challenge, but at the top its quite something! I have never seen such spectacular views before. Spiky and jagged granite peaks poke into the clear blue skies, alpine forests outline the mountains, and the Eastern Mediterranean sea can be seen in the distance. It was a wonderful sight. Even better than watching Mo Farah winning the 5,000m gold medal!
What did you think of your group leader?
We had 2 Exodus leaders. Alex and Emma. Both were brilliant! Gold medals to them both! Alex is a legend. He has lead trekking trips all over the world; summited Aconcagua 3 times and Kilimanjaro many more times. This guy knows exactly what he is doing! His knowledge and expertise was very much appreciated on this tough trek! Emma was a brilliant leader. Enormous fun and has some wonderful stories of adventure skiing and the many times she has trekked Everest and the High Passes. I think she enjoyed the GR20 trek as much as we did which was great!
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Yes. This is a demanding and tough trek. You will need to be physically and mentally prepared for it. There may not be any altitude involved, but I honestly found this trip as challenging as Kilimanjaro (and maybe more challenging in places). Be prepared for some exhilarating but challenging scrambling on most days. There are also some river crossings on wobbly (but secure!) bridges where you will need to cross 1 or 2 persons at a time. My vertigo was tested!The accommodation is absolutely fine. All very clean with plenty of running water (hot and cold) and electricity to charge mobiles and cameras. Bring ear plugs for sleeping and lots of energy bars for snacking during the days.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Go for it! This trek is designed for people who love trekking and love a challenge. If you have trekked before, that’s great, but this trek is so very different to anything else out there! Every day is different and each day has its own rewards and highlights. A brilliant trip! The perfect way to kick start the Olympics!