Most Inspirational Moment
Stunning views from the summits!
Thoughts on Group Leader
Jenny was an exceptional leader - calm and methodical, with a great ability to "herd cats" and manage the quite disparate range of fitness and abilities in our group, as well as to come up with alternative plans as required. She imparted useful tips constantly, and broke the days up well with frequent short breaks. She was also super friendly and sociable, and worked extremely hard making sure everyone was OK and everything went to plan. Nothing was too much trouble for her to organise.
Advice for Potential Travellers
Pocket Rocket will get you up any hill and will become your drug of choice! (Stock up in any local supermarket.).
You will really benefit from good hill fitness on this trip.
Take a ziplock bag to dinner (the amount of food is massive, but it's so good - I often took my leftovers for my packed lunch the next day.)
You may prefer to take your own walking poles if you have them, especially if they fold down, so you can pack them away when not needed.
Also, take good winter mountain boots if you have them rather than lightweight ones (I wished I'd taken my B2 boots).
I went cross country skiing on the free day and would highly recommend it. There's a crosscountry ski school at Villabassa station - just behind the hotel - and trails run directly from there. We had an hour's lesson and then spent the rest of the day on our own.