What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Probably the ascent of Monte Renoso and the high ridge and plateau walk that followed it, By that time we were fitter and better able to appreciate the scenery in all its glory. But the gorge walk down to Corte was also marvellous with the cliffs, torrs and huge trees and changing forest vegetation as we dropped down. Some of the evening meals were really tasty as were picnic swimming lunches enlivened by local cheeses and sausage and fruit.
What did you think of your group leader?
Very good and enthusiastic, with great local knowledge of places, nature and people. He was very helpful in trying to resolve difficulties with accommodation, and with other practical matters, The group was a maximum size of 16 and this made it a challenge to keep everyone together sometimes.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Good earplugs, insect- bite cream, anti-histamine pills, spare food supplies, inflatable travel pillow will all be very useful. Do not skimp on waterproof gear as the mountains showed that they can be cold and wet even in summer. Breakfasts are a bit monotonous so bring oat and dried fruit snacks and chocolate to liven them up and fuel your walking.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The accommodation was generally basic and sometimes not as good as that. We encountered several cases of no electricity, no hot water, overcrowded or damp dorms, flooded showers etc. Whilst this is to an extent the nature of the beast on the GR20 and we are told that other gites are worse, there were occasions when Exodus prices seemed poor value for money compared to the cost to people making their own way who were staying at the same places.