Classic Dolomites

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The walks and the views are a given. I knew I wouldn't be disappointed there. For me the most inspirational part of the trip was seeing how a bunch of strangers can, for the most part, become a cohesive group.The group consisted of various personalities which put together provided many laughs along the way with the common goal of making the most of the experience.

What did you think of your group leader?

Karl led my previous trip so I was already prepared for his sense of humour - he didn't let me down! I was also more aware this time of how he took the time to ensure that all members of the group felt included and in particular those who were not part of a couple. I felt completely safe and comfortable knowing that I could always call upon him. He has a sound knowledge base for the area which ranged from the military activity in the Dolomites during the war to the local environment. Karl was always very sociable even on the free day when I would have expected that he would have been glad of the respite!

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

I nearly didn't pack waterproof trousers, gloves or a hat believing the weather to be fairly hot during July. Wrong. We experienced heat, sun, rain, wind and snow! You need good kit that is waterproof, windproof, breathable and dries quickly else you may find yourself feeling more than a little uncomfortable which could impinge on your enjoyment. Consider using poles - they came in very handy for me and I am not a walking pole fan. Definitely don't forget your sunscreen even for cloudy days! Insect repellent is also worth taking.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The trip notes state very clearly that this was a B grade trip. One member of our group was disappointed in the lack of exertion and would have been better suited to a C grade trip. I had the most fantastic holiday but could have done without the negativity of somebody's dissatisfaction. Check the trip notes - simples.