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  • 6

    GR20 (too short)

    The trip was very good, We were lucky in that we had great weather, fine every day, too hot when at sea level, but the temperature was great at 2000 meters. The trip was demanding, but the group was fit and coped well. We were lucky to have a great leader.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Taking the high route over Monte Cinto and Monte Renosu was excellent.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was very good, kept the group together, made time to have rests and swims, knew the route well, and paced us accordingly. We left early on some days, to ensure that there was good visibility on each peak, to avoid the afternoon clouds rolling in obscuring the view, and the possibility of a storm and possible lightning strikes.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take some musleii or something for breakfast. The stale bread and jam and coffee for breakfast in the mountain huts was not very appealing or satisfying. The lunches were good, as were the evening meals.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I have several problems with the organisation and planning. The Exodus route avoided the first and last days walking, and missed some high walking in 2 sections in the middle. I wanted to do it all. 1/. On the first day it was very hot, but we started late. It would have been a tough climb, but the route took the low route, so we missed the first high hut. 2/. The rest day at Auberge de Vallone was not really necessary, and there were few facilities there anyway. 3/. In the middle of the walk, we turned off the route, after Bergeries de Vaccaghja, and descended to Corte. This used roughly 2 half days and a rest day in Corte. It would have been better to stop at the next refuge (Refuge de Manganu) spend the night, and continue the next day, to Refuge Petra Piana. Then the high route to Refuge de L'Onda, then the high route to Vizzavona, the half way point, and have the rest day there. 4/. Leaving the ridge at Bocca di Laparo, and the long descent to Cozzano, was real let down. We could have stayed on the ridge and continued on to Refuge de'Usciolu, and then continued to Asinau, then to Bavella. 5/. On the last day, it would have been just a forest walk, but I wanted to do it anyway.

  • 10

    An unforgettable journey

    It is truly the toughest long distance hike I have ever had!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing at the col looking at the incredible path I have taken and appreciating the stunning landscape and scenery

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jo and Simon are excellent, most caring, organised and amicable

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    One must be very fit without problems with the knee, rock climbing and the height.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Bed bugs can be a problem in the gites.

  • 8

    GR20 September 2015

    A challenging but rewarding hike, leaving the daily stresses miles behind. Eleven days of walking is a lot of walking, but only 2 days are really tough. The leaders where friendly, encouraging and great company as were the rest of the group. Corisca is a lovely island with mountains in all directions.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    After a challenging climb to the top of a pass, finally arriving and feeling as though we were on top of the world looking down on creation. All the usual daily stresses a million miles away.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both leaders where encouraging and easy to converse with. There was no pressure on how fast we walked, the time taken for breaks, with all members of the group included in decisions and discussions on the days route.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There are a couple of tough days walking and scrambling over rocks, but with sufficient preparation the walk is very achievable. Whilst I was concerned about carrying my sleeping bag and extra clothes for the two overnight stays and the height and narrowness of some of the passes, these concerns did not materialise. If you enjoy walking through amazing mountains, then I would recommend this walk.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The clothes list should include thermals and waterproof pants and the need for a beach towel removed.

  • 10

    Corsica GR20

    We enjoyed a combination of excellent weather, a beautiful island with stunning mountains, rivers, flora and fauna, an excellent group of 14 persons who all got on with each other, two experienced and empathetic leaders and good food. We needed all the plus points because the trek is hard and some of the accommodation is basic.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too many highlights! But they include: The many opportunities to take a dip in a mountain stream following a day's hard walking A day off in Corte with all it has to offer

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very professional, very fit and empathetic.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the trip notes thoroughly, it is a trek not to be taken lightly

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    GR20 Corsica September 2014

    The GR20 is an amazing experience not to be missed. It is the toughest hike I've done but don't let that put you off. The scenery is incredible and the climbs are perfectly manageable if you have reasonable fitness and a head for heights. Staying in mountain huts adds to the authenticity of the experience and none of them are that basic - hot showers were available almost everywhere. Food can be a challenge if you don't like huge lumps of white bread but charcuterie and cheese are incredible. Don't expect to make friends with any Corsicans - they don't feel that way inclined!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Cirque de Solitude day is breathtaking in its almost vertical rock faces. The view backwards once you've done the climbs is simply one of the most satisfying experiences.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pascal our main group leader was a lovely guide. Very experienced and felt like a safe pair of hands but also just a nice guy to spend time with and worked really hard to make us welcome at the mountain huts by befriending the owners! Our second guide Marty was also great, full of fascinating stories about the Marines and ready for a laugh.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do train before, just so you're prepared for some long days. There are one or two places to clean clothes so you don't need to overpack. Snacks can be handy if you don't like rustic mountain hut food. There is a supermarket in the first stop to get foods to top up. I would definetely recommend peanut butter/nutella to boost the meagre breakfasts, good instant coffee or a camp stove to make your own - its a bit hit and miss. Definetely be prepared with camping/dormitory living essentials: torches, flip flops, travel towel, sleeping bag.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't be put off by all the Gr20 nonsense about it being too tough. Its not that bad and its one of the best walks you can do over a long distance. Maybe add on a few rest days at the end and don't go straight back to work like I did!

  • 10

    Corsica GR20

    Fantastic experience with great group of people and excellent leaders in rugged mountains. Accommodation and food better than expected from being in such a wonderful area.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too many wonderful scenes and experiences to choose one. The Cirque de la Solitude has to be among them , plus ascending Monte Cinto (weather could have been better!), the ridge walks , the scrambling and the final walking day which had all previous days in one! Mountain scenery as good as anywhere.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leaders Chris and "Tug" were excellent and were a great team together. Both professional and helpful / friendly at the same time. Good company too.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the trip notes well as they give a good indication of what to expect.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great holiday if you enjoy great walking / scrambling in the mountains for extended periods. Fantastic experience in a region of outstanding beauty.

  • 10

    A magical trip

    Our GR20 trip was a very successful one. We had a group of 14 which was really a great number. Almost all of us finished the whole route. Sharing the trip with a bigger group was really uplifting and a larger group made it easier to adjust sleeping arrangements. The weather was perfect, we had no rain at all and it was sunshine every day. The group climbed all three of Corsica's highest mountains along the way, although it was a small group that climbed Cinto. Exodus organisation was like clockwork from start-to-finish. There is a strong inclusive ethos which helped the group bond as a team. Having said that everyone on the group was up to the trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    From seeing the mountains as we flew in, to an afternoon on the beach when we arrived to the first dinner on the first day the build-up to the trip is fabulous. The scenery is wonderful from day 1 and although it changes every day is really breathtaking in places. Having the Cirque so early on is a highlight and the last day, although long and hard is really a wonderful climax. The trip builds up nicely to the final crescendo, climbing up among the Aguille de Bavella, all aches go away. As we hit the col and saw the sea there was a rainbow in the valley. A wonderful sight.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leaders were Tug and Chris. Together these two guides are a fabulous team. My memories of Tug are leading from the front telling jokes, helping and inspiring us all on when we were tired, and leading us all to a laundry on our rest day (bliss to have some clean clothes). Not to mention carrying melons as a treat for us. Chris was amazingly experienced and he always chose the right routes and had the right plan for every day. We all loved his understated briefings about the next day just before dinner. He made us all tea on his stove by a river on the way to Corte. Often Chris took the rear helping along the slower team members and patiently encouraging them, although he was equally as capable of pushing the pace at the front. Together Tug and Chris were fabulous, their leadership was crucial to us enjoying the experience so much despite the hard work. Thanks Chris for swapping packs on the last stretch down from the Cirque!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The Cirque is wonderful, but is not as scary as the internet suggests because the steep bits are broken up into small sections. Also the guides instill a lot of confidence. Being organised with the kit and getting mentally prepared for me was almost more important than absolute fitness. Carrying too much weight is a killer. I took 2 very heavy sleeping bags and regretted it. Get a light 2 season (I went in early September). I took lots of snacks and didn't need many. Maybe 1 bar or snack a day. What I really needed was High-5, re-hydration tablets. I took an old ruc-sac and regretted it. I upgraded to an Osprey in Corte-much more comfortable. Hydration is an issue. Half the group or more used Camelbak's and swore by them. Either way you could need to carry up to 2-3 litres of water each a day, some days less. A head torch was vital. Organising the bag is key as often there isn't much room in the huts and often not much time either before dinner. The turn around time in the morning is very limited too and often you are doing this by head torch. I found lots of medium and large Ziplock bags useful for this. Other people used lots of drysacks. Toilet roll, wipes and hand sanitiser are useful too.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I had plantar fasciatus before I went and worried that it would stop me. With worn-in boots, stretching and orthotic soles it was no problem. Other people suffered from swollen knees. Lots of ibuprofen tablets and cream were taken and it seemed to help. Walking poles seemed to help everyone. We did it when it was warm, however, there was one day when the weather looked as if it was about to turn and that reminded me that a warm hat and a thin pair of gloves even in the summer would be a good idea. Finally, a big thanks to Tug, Chris and Exodus for such a great trip.

  • 10

    Review of GR20 Corsica

    I was a first time Exodus holiday participant. I committed to the Gr20 15 day Corsican trek. It exceeded all my expectations. Not only was the trek magnificent but the organisation, group of people, safety was all first class. In twenty - five years of various trips around the world - this was the best. I would have no hesitation is using Exodus again - as a matter of fact I certainly will.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I think the camaraderie whilst having a beer at the end of each day at the Gitte was great. Also a older woman who struggled to a degree was supported and encouraged by the group as well as the group leader.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Chris was brilliant! First class support, knowledge, practicality. He should be commended by Exodus management by the professional way he conducted himself throughout. I always felt safe. He lead brilliantly and also imparted his knowledge to Tug (Tim) Wilson ensuring his knowledge and capabilities would be enhanced.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    For GR20 - good pair of boots, ear plugs for dormitory sleeping, healthy dose of tenacity, multi-compartment big bag makes for Gitte staying easier, reasonable level of fitness. Ensure there is at least one Aussie (ha ha)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I have no criticisms at all! Could a similar style holiday details get forwarded to me!

  • 6

    CORSICA: THE GR20

    in my opinion the so called according to Tom Bowing he wrote article in Exodus supplement issued in March 2013 the ''toughest trek in Europe''is overated.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Monte Cinto was challenging,the Cirque De La Solitude good,Col De Bavella was good,the walk had some great views.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    ok

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Too many people who were on gr20 had not prepared themselves for the gr20 consequently they slowed the rest of the group down.Please read details of the walk and prepare yourself.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    i found the gr20 overated i appreciate Exodus as a business need to get numbers on the walks.I put myself through alot of preparation for the gr20 because i was told there would be a lot of young people on the walk,young leaders the pace would be fast but no being from the older generation i had no problem keeping behind the leaders all through the walks wish some of the others had done the same.

  • 8

    CORSICA: THE GR20

    the trails are rough and tough, but the views are stunning . And make the effort you put in worth every step.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I enjoyed the whole trip, and cant think of any one stand out moment. well maybe the night i had three puddings

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alex and Pascal where great,  both have excellent knowledge, worked really well together  I personally had a great time  manly due to the effort these two guys put in . big thanks to you both

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    the trip is tough but really worth doing just put some time into making sure your fit and you really will enjoy the experience .

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    if you enjoy a challenge and like ever changing scenery and dont mind a bit of corsican FLAT go for it

  • 10

    CORSICA: THE GR20

    As promised a very tough trip with spectacular scenery

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both leaders were very competent and worked well as a team. They kept the holiday fun with just the right amount of light steerage when necessary even though they had some problems / issues which they had to deal with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    To get the most out of the holiday make sure you do your training

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Be ready for many an experience.

  • 10

    CORSICA: THE GR20

    Tough trek but worth every effort spend during the trip. Ever changing landscapes one more spectacular than the others. Nice to have a little more comfort than the classical GR20 mountain huts.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The last day was the toughest but also the most scenic.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our two leaders Pascal and Ruedy were great and very funny.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not underestimate the GR20

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 6

    CORSICA: THE GR20

    We were lucky & had 2 excellent guides for 4 people (late cancellations). The holiday was hard enough to provide a test but well planned with the central break in Corte. The guide to participant ratio allowed the group to be split which really helped.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Cirque due solitude is easy scrambling but kept my pulse up. I liked the old but comfortable hotel in Corte & the train trip I did on the rest day. Monte Renoso & the pozzetta was a good day. The pools to escape the heat.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both were very good. Alex Doaga, a Rumanian has been with Exodus for ages. The young lady mountaineer of spanish extraction was highly competent (her first Exodus trip)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Heat management was an issue. Take compeed for blisters.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The walk is so well known so the N section can be overcrowded. However its still a walk worth doing & has a tremendous variety of scenery

  • 10

    CORSICA: THE GR20

    This was no doubt a tough walk but the scenery was absolutely superb.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trip notes are not joking when they say you need a head for heights. I don't have one, but being afraid of doing something is no excuse not to do it in my book. Others in the group found the traverse of the Cirque de la Solitude exhilarating. I didn't sleep the night before and dreaded the thought of it, but I did it and the satisfaction of doing so for me was doubly immense.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Emma undertandably wondered why anyone who had read the trip notes should nevertheless undertake a trip that required a head for heights when I had a fear of them. Nevertheless, walking the GR20 had been a long-held ambition and as I was by now 65 it was now or never. Emma took me under her wing and encouraged me round all those, to me, fearful spots. Alex was also very helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a challenging trip, especially if coping with exposure and heights is not easy for you, but I managed it and the rewards of the spectacular scenery are immense. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip is worthwhile also for the opportunity to explore Corsican culture, other than the language you would not think this was part of France!

  • 10

    CORSICA: THE GR20

    This was the fantastic trek. 2 weeks of exciting, stunning and ever changing scenery. It was tough, sure. But the rewards of getting to the summits of the highest Col's in Corsica was absolutely worth the effort. With cloudless skies, lovely sunshine and plenty of mountain pools and lakes to swim and cool off in; this was our very own 2012 Olympics!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Cirque De La Solitude stands out for me. A 600m vertical descent, followed by roughly the same amount back up, on the other side using chains and even a ladder to negotiate the route. The path is very well marked, but this was pure adventure! Another wonderful highlight was the Col De Bavella on the final day. This day was long and very tough. At the end of a 2 week trip, the ascent to this particular Col is a real challenge, but at the top its quite something! I have never seen such spectacular views before. Spiky and jagged granite peaks poke into the clear blue skies, alpine forests outline the mountains, and the Eastern Mediterranean sea can be seen in the distance. It was a wonderful sight. Even better than watching Mo Farah winning the 5,000m gold medal!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had 2 Exodus leaders. Alex and Emma. Both were brilliant! Gold medals to them both! Alex is a legend. He has lead trekking trips all over the world; summited Aconcagua 3 times and Kilimanjaro many more times. This guy knows exactly what he is doing! His knowledge and expertise was very much appreciated on this tough trek! Emma was a brilliant leader. Enormous fun and has some wonderful stories of adventure skiing and the many times she has trekked Everest and the High Passes. I think she enjoyed the GR20 trek as much as we did which was great!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes. This is a demanding and tough trek. You will need to be physically and mentally prepared for it. There may not be any altitude involved, but I honestly found this trip as challenging as Kilimanjaro (and maybe more challenging in places). Be prepared for some exhilarating but challenging scrambling on most days. There are also some river crossings on wobbly (but secure!) bridges where you will need to cross 1 or 2 persons at a time. My vertigo was tested!The accommodation is absolutely fine. All very clean with plenty of running water (hot and cold) and electricity to charge mobiles and cameras. Bring ear plugs for sleeping and lots of energy bars for snacking during the days.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go for it! This trek is designed for people who love trekking and love a challenge. If you have trekked before, that’s great, but this trek is so very different to anything else out there! Every day is different and each day has its own rewards and highlights. A brilliant trip! The perfect way to kick start the Olympics!

  • 8

    Corsica GR20

    A very good trek, with a fine set of people, fantastic scenery and very varied and often challenging walks which gave a good range of the forest, mountain, gorge and high pasture scenery along the route. There were some disappointments relating to accommodation in places, and the weather which prevented us from ascending the ridge on the last 3 days of the trek.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably the ascent of Monte Renoso and the high ridge and plateau walk that followed it, By that time we were fitter and better able to appreciate the scenery in all its glory. But the gorge walk down to Corte was also marvellous with the cliffs, torrs and huge trees and changing forest vegetation as we dropped down. Some of the evening meals were really tasty as were picnic swimming lunches enlivened by local cheeses and sausage and fruit.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good and enthusiastic, with great local knowledge of places, nature and people. He was very helpful in trying to resolve difficulties with accommodation, and with other practical matters, The group was a maximum size of 16 and this made it a challenge to keep everyone together sometimes.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Good earplugs, insect- bite cream, anti-histamine pills, spare food supplies, inflatable travel pillow will all be very useful. Do not skimp on waterproof gear as the mountains showed that they can be cold and wet even in summer. Breakfasts are a bit monotonous so bring oat and dried fruit snacks and chocolate to liven them up and fuel your walking.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The accommodation was generally basic and sometimes not as good as that. We encountered several cases of no electricity, no hot water, overcrowded or damp dorms, flooded showers etc. Whilst this is to an extent the nature of the beast on the GR20 and we are told that other gites are worse, there were occasions when Exodus prices seemed poor value for money compared to the cost to people making their own way who were staying at the same places.

  • 10

    CORSICA: THE GR20

    We came home with a definite glow - the combination of sensational terrain,  really excellent company and a first class guide was a total winner.  Throw in wonderful weather and organisation that worked and we were more than happy. As others have said, you do need to be hill fit to enjoy it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Well, completing the walk and walking through a guard of honour of raised walking poles was pretty special.  I was openly teary, but a young fellow walker had grit in his eyes............!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Barbara is an excellent guide - she made the slightly daunting trip feel safe and organised us all with great skill and tact.   She tried extremely hard to keep the group together and largely succeeded.  She did have a huge task however, a widely diverse group of walkers and difficult territory was a big ask.  I think with a group of 16, given that the walk is at the top end of it's classification, an extra guide  would possibly have been advisable, or maybe reclassify the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Travel light, you really don't need too much stuff with you.  There are laundry facilities at the two ski centres and of course at Corte.  Bring goodies, the food is fine, but a bit dull.  A few sachets of mayo/sauce/pepper will make the pasta lunches much more appetising. Pillows are not a given.  Don't stress about taking a day off.  One of our best days was spent reading by a wonderful river, falling into a deep pool every now and then to cool off........... 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    In lots of ways I was outside my comfort zone - long days of hard walking were fine, but queueing for showers and big mixed dorms (what? no ensuite??) was a bit more of a challenge.  After a day or two though you do relax and discover that you don't have to be in control of your environment 101% of the time.  It is great to realise that even nearing retirement you can still rise to a challenge.  I came home with a real spring in my step (this is metaphorical, my knees were, in fact, pretty battered!) with a distinctly different view of life.  Go for it!

  • 10

    CORSICA: THE GR20

    No wonder Paddy Dillon described the GR20 as 'one of the top trails in the world'.It's got everything from exposed ridges where basic scrambling is required to rugged gorges and alpine plateau's that reveal magical landscapes and vista's.The scenery was spectacular as towering pinnacles of rock overlooked dense forests of Lariccio pines.The opportunity to climb some of the highest mountains on the island on our 'rest day' was an added bonus.Any reasonably fit person with the right gear and a head for heights should cope with the undulations and roughness of terrain on this beautiful island.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably the traverse of the Cirque de la Solitude - from the Bocca Tomasginesca it gives the appearance of a bottomless chasm but it's not as difficult as it first appears - however I must say we were very lucky with the weather as I'm sure it's a different proposition in the wet. There was a palpable air of achievement as we dragged ouselves upward and out onto the Bocca Minuta to the sound of churring Alpine Choughs, as if in celebration of our survival

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Barbara was a good group leader, authoritative when needed but relaxed when the situation required a little leeway. She had obviously done her research on Corsica because her geographical, historical and cultural knowledge of the island was impressive. Getting fifteen of us through the Cirque de la Solitude would have taxed the patience of Jobe but her measured approach ensured a positive effect on the group.  Her pacing on some of the steep sections was about right (for me anyway) and she made sure backmarkers got a fair amount of recovery time. The only drawback was her lack of appreciation of my rather risque jokes (the other guys found them funny).

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Travel as light as possible without taking risks (especially with water) - we encountered one individual carrying a 100 litre sack who had run out of water, fortunately we were able to help. Get a kitbag with wheels, at the end of a tough day the last thing that you want is to drag a heavy bag to the bunkhouse. Although the food was generally good be prepared to eat anything, don't go without because you don't like the look of something - remember, you can't eat enough to replace what you're burning off.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It's possible to do this walk alone, however this would detract from the sense of cameraderie and achievement engendered by a group. I and others benefitted from the generosity, encouragement and humour of a diverse group of people doing something that they enjoy. We were lucky to have a great group of people led by someone who knew what she was doing - but then, we're walkers aren't we.

  • 6

    CORSICA: THE GR20

    The GR20 is undoubtedly a strenuous and demanding trek.  The Exodus version aims to alleviate some of the rigour and hardship by avoiding the need to back-pack or stay in some of the highest mountain refuges where accommodation is likely to be in large dormitories, or tented areas, with limited washing and toilet facilities.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably the sense of achievement felt in completing an undoubtedly arduous trip (particularly for a wrinkly).  But also the great deal of spectactular scenery.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very well organised and efficient.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The Exodus aims for the trip are largely, but not completely, realized.  Prospective GR20'ers need to be aware that the Exodus version bypasses some significant sections of the main route.  You do get a real experience of the GR20 including such highlights as the Cirque de Solitude.  A further compensation is a trip down the Tavignano valley that leads to a very pleasant rest day in Corte.  However, it remains very much a matter of personal ethics whether you get to wear the tea-shirt at the end of the trip. There is inevitably some variation in the standard of the accommodation used.  The food served at Capanelle, where we stayed for two nights, was poor.  The bread that formed virtually the only component of breakfast had much the same age and consistency as the local rock.  The accommodation at Bassetta was pretty unpleasant.  However, all other places were acceptable, or much better.  The attitude taken by the custodians can make a big difference.  In two places (the Sega refuge and Col de Verde) the very friendly and welcoming reception from the custodians enhanced the visits considerably.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    When Exodus state that the last day of walking is the longest and hardest, you'd better believe them.  Be prepared for a 12 hour outing with two long, knee-crunching descents.  The very considerable compensations are a magnificent view from Monte Incudine coupled with an exciting close-up encounter with the Aiguilles de Bavella.

  • 10

    CORSICA: THE GR20

    A great trek if you're fit and able to cope with some reatively easy scrambling. We enjoyed fantastic weather and 2 weeks of wall-to-wall sunshine. Rain would have affected route choice and could mean that some days are spent in a taxi and the bar. Accommodation on the GR20 is very limited and finding it meant detours off the GR to towns leading to plenty of descent and reascent on a few days - there is no real alternative other than a tent.  Take advantage of the rest days!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Scrambling in the Cirque was great but the final day views above Bavella were unforgettable, with bright sun on the ridge leading to mist rising up the pinnacles on descent to the final night's accommodation.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Barbara had just recceed the route and this recent experience was a real benefit. She shared a lot of knowledge about the flora of the GR and this added real value to the trek. I thought she did well to get such a large group with mixed experience and abilities through the scrambling sections.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If youre a vegetarian dont expect too much other than pasta and (if youre lucky) omlettes - be flexible otherwise you may not eat much. Everyone should bring munchies as the breakfast is simply too insubstantial for the morning ascents. Bring a cheap pair of flip-flops for the huts. You can probably get away with a lightweight sleeping bag.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A highly memorable trek in good company. The trek notes for the ascent of Monte Cintu need to be corrected to give a realistic time for the ascent and decsent.

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