What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Swimming in the icy lake on the first day(definitely focussed the mind), the starkness of the Memorial Cross on the mountain top, "Daniel" our lederhosen-clad, accordion-playing, yodelling-mentor; the fabulous flora/fauna and Apenol Spritz!
What did you think of your group leader?
Karl was a really well-informed and accomplished guide; he was conscious of the differences in abilty within the group on different days and gave us alternatives when possible; he (and his lovely wife) were great fun to socialise with too!
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
It's very tempting to book an Exodus trip because it "appeals and fits with holiday dates"; it really is important that everyone realistically takes account of the grade of the holidays -v- their abilities to ensure complete enjoyment for all; we heard one lady who'd arrived for the "C" grade week say she wanted some easy walking - not easy for a guide to accommodate all-comers! Pack for ALL weathers, we had blazing sun early on which gave us a false sense of security.......coming slowly down a mountain in driving snow reminded us that we must take NOTHING for granted in the mountains!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
This was a fantastic week, with a great bunch of people, lead by an accomplished guide; it proved to me that Europe has lots to offer in terms of mountain walking, and the Dolomites definitely held their own vis-a-vis Peru & Nepal! On our free day, three of us solo-travellers, did a self-guided walk to "the saddle" - straight from the hotel. Dont miss the Town Park - it has a great refreshment hut, the Aperol Spritz is particularly good and you can watch the locals play tennis at the same time!