Most Inspirational Moment
A couple of moments, for me personally, finishing every hike, at times that wasn't easy! However with the encouragement and support of everyone it was possible. it hasn't put me off, I know where I need to improve and would go again. I particularly enjoyed the hike through to the waterfall and the opportunity to jump in/swim. Whale watching (whilst an add on to the walking holiday), was brilliant and good fun as a group activity).
Thoughts on Group Leader
Jorge was a great group leader, in that he really cared about everyone having a brilliant holiday. He did this by flexing/amending plans (which based on the scope of the group, I imagine wasn't easy at times.) He also shared his time with us all very generously, ensuring that we made the most of our time in each island, sharing tips on where to go etc. He also took time to share his love of music and play his hand drum, giving us the chance to get to know him. Lastly, he helped those of us that were struggling, gave tips on how to improve and encouraged me to stop and enjoy the moment!
Advice for Potential Travellers
Read through all the trip advice (including printing off the training plan/strength exercises), before commuting to the trip. It's easy to miss this and if followed would go a long way to being able to make the most of the trip, even for experienced hikers. Pack plenty of hiking clothes - it was very hot and sweaty!!
I fully appreciate it's my responsibility to be fit and able for the trip, however, I do think Exodus could do more to help people prepare/enjoy the trip. i.e. emphasis the fitness check; at the beginning of the trip, check in with everyone on this, ask about injuries etc. Perhaps do some warm up/cool down stretches on each trip. Be clearer on the itinerary about the details of each day: travel time, approximate walking time, meal time, free time. Again, I do appreciate that's always going to vary, however, a bit more of a guide would help everyone to understand what the day would entail. The flight to/from the UK was always too tight a timescale for connecting flights, I would rather pay more and have flights that allowed for some delay time.