CLASSIC DOLOMITES

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

In terms of the trip itinerary then the final days walk up to Monte Piano and the stunning views from the top, however, a lazy afternoon walk around a balmy Villabassa, the tranquility of the park, the green mountains against an azure blue sky and  the beautiful dome of the church were just as fulfilling.

What did you think of your group leader?

I've lead groups before and what impressed me were the little things, a very experienced walker and leader, always making sure the pace was right which can only come from experience. Very knowledgeable and approachable and someone you'd have total confidence in, in terms of walking up a mountain.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Walking poles, I've fell walked for years and never used any but did buy some locally and they made a huge difference. Would also thoroughly recommend the crazy golf and funbob at Innichen for a day off.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Yes... I did miss the first two walks which was in no small part due to being absolutely shattered by being kept awake on both nights by an Olympic level snorer. I know it seems trivial and quite funny but when you've paid a lot of money and the walks are the highlight of the trip, you need to be refreshed in the mornings and instead I had two nights with barely a wink of sleep. I suffered this once before on a 5 week overland trip through Western China and it's not funny!! I'm not sure what you can do, there were no spare rooms, my room mate was a lovely guy and very apologetic (and it's not his fault) but it really did threaten to ruin the whole trip for me...I do wonder if there is any way in which heavy snorers can discreetly make themselves known. I guess I could pay a single room supplement but having a room share with someone new is half the fun of a holiday. A fellow traveller also missed one of the walks due to the same problem!