GR20 (too short)
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Taking the high route over Monte Cinto and Monte Renosu was excellent.
What did you think of your group leader?
The group leader was very good, kept the group together, made time to have rests and swims, knew the route well, and paced us accordingly. We left early on some days, to ensure that there was good visibility on each peak, to avoid the afternoon clouds rolling in obscuring the view, and the possibility of a storm and possible lightning strikes.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Take some musleii or something for breakfast. The stale bread and jam and coffee for breakfast in the mountain huts was not very appealing or satisfying. The lunches were good, as were the evening meals.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I have several problems with the organisation and planning. The Exodus route avoided the first and last days walking, and missed some high walking in 2 sections in the middle. I wanted to do it all. 1/. On the first day it was very hot, but we started late. It would have been a tough climb, but the route took the low route, so we missed the first high hut. 2/. The rest day at Auberge de Vallone was not really necessary, and there were few facilities there anyway. 3/. In the middle of the walk, we turned off the route, after Bergeries de Vaccaghja, and descended to Corte. This used roughly 2 half days and a rest day in Corte. It would have been better to stop at the next refuge (Refuge de Manganu) spend the night, and continue the next day, to Refuge Petra Piana. Then the high route to Refuge de L'Onda, then the high route to Vizzavona, the half way point, and have the rest day there. 4/. Leaving the ridge at Bocca di Laparo, and the long descent to Cozzano, was real let down. We could have stayed on the ridge and continued on to Refuge de'Usciolu, and then continued to Asinau, then to Bavella. 5/. On the last day, it would have been just a forest walk, but I wanted to do it anyway.