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  • 10

    Via Ferrata - Give it a try!

    The Dolomites is a truly spectacular mountain range. The chance to ascend up the mountain range on established Via Ferrata routes was unforgettable. We traversed beneath waterfalls, through tunnels, up exposed craggy rock-faces and to the top of peaks over 2000m.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We completed the hardest Via Ferrata on the last day of the trip, the Col del Bos. It was a incredible ascent steeped in history with caves and the border of Austria in view during the trek. A suiting finale to the trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader was Toni. He is a calm, steady and experienced presence throughout the trip. He offered his knowledge and his help on the most tricky area's of the Via Ferrata and I felt very safe with him guiding the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would advise to bring both full length and "mountain biking" style gloves, the Via Ferrata wires can be very cold to grip on the topmost peaks. Longer trousers on the Via Ferrata days to protect from scratches/bruising as well. On the free day, I would recommend travellers to rent a bike from Dolomiti Slowbike (10 minute walk away) for approx 15 EUR. There is a 100% traffic free cycle path where you can cross the border to Leinz on a flat cycle route. You'll cycle straight pass the Loacker (biscuit) factory where you can stop for souvenirs and a hot drink + pastry.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel is cosy and very well situated in central Dobbiaco. The 4 course dinners are delicious and filling after a long day on the mountain. The guides are very knowledgeable and I cannot recommend this trip enough for anyone who wants to enjoys scrambling and wants to try something different.

  • 10

    Via Ferrata - The Dolomites

    A really good trip. The organisation was slick and I had no troubles traveling. The hotel was good (although the room was a little on the small side for two people who didn't know each other). The via ferrata was epic. The weather really helped, but the routes were well chosen, tough but not undoable. Lots of exposure and spectacular views. The views from the top amazing and sometimes even included trenchs from the first world war including boot leather and shell fragments - yes at 2300 m. Guides good - supportive, informative but not intrusive when you wanted to try by yourself. Even the climbing helmets were comfortable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing by a cross on the top of a mountain. The cross was wound with WW1 barbed wire and the cairn full of leather and shrapnel. What a place to have to live in and fight in.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is climbing rather than walking. It doesn't need a lot of experience, but it's not striding edge with a handrail. It's a climbing trip proteted by a metal cabel rather than a rope.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Definiately worth a go.

  • 10

    Fantastic

    I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, and would strongly recommend it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Via Ferrata- firmly protected scambling- is a marvellous way for a novice to really experience some amazing mountaineering. The Dolomites are a perfect venue to select for this purpose. There were many inspirational moments, looking down from very exposed spots, knowing that you would otherwise never in your life be perched so precipitously, enjoying such a wonderful view.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The quality of the mountain guides was absolutely crucial to maximise enjoyment and minimise stress. Thanks to Exodus for their selection – ours were really superb. They were extremely attentive, supportive, and reassuring. Their service was reliable and responsive. They seemed to evaluate the group’s ability levels skilfully. Route choices were excellent. Expert help was consistently provided just at the required crucial moments, and in a very friendly manner.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I have a tiny bit of climbing experience, and also wore scrambling boots rather than hiking boots. I found both these elements helpful, especially towards the end of the week, when we did a couple of more challenging routes.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 6

    Be prepared for all weathers

    The Dolomites area of Italy is just beautiful and it was really lovely to be there. It is important that people signing up to this trip are prepared for a wide variety of experiences, since doing the Via Ferrata was much more weather dependent than I had appreciated. I had expected that rain and low cloud would not have prevented us from doing the Via Ferrata routes, simply that the experience would have been a bit damp and with reduced views. Unfortunately, non-optimal weather completely ruled out doing Via Ferrata routes for about half of our trip. On those days we went for walks instead. On those days we did see some incredible historic sites where there had been trench warfare on the hilltops, which we perhaps wouldn't have seen otherwise, however this was not an eventuality I had anticipated and I was really disappointed not to be able to do much of the Via Ferrata planned. I think it would be better to include this information in the Trip Notes, ie that weather may mitigate entirely against doing the Via Ferrate, so peoples' expectations are set an an appropriate level. It would also help if there was a 'Plan B' in place for such times because I think that the days when we didn't do the Via Ferrata would have felt better spend if we had been engaging in a pre-planned 'Plan B', rather than playing things by ear on a 2-3 hourly basis during those days.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of the Via Ferrata that we did manage to do on Day 2 - what an achievement!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Michele was friendly and fun, and I felt very safe with him as our guide. As in the 'summary' box above, I think it would have helped if he had had some 'Plan Bs' up his sleeve in advance, in the event of suboptimal scrambling weather. I also think it would have been helpful if he had told the group at the start of each day what kind of clothing we might need to take, since it was often unclear how very cold and windy (and even a bit snowy) it would be at the altitudes we were going to be driving up to, to start each day at. On one day, on arrival at our starting summit point, we quickly realised that our group would have to abandon the plan for the day because several members of the group did not have enough warm clothing, having left it in the hotel since it had not been clear how much colder it would be at our start point.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As above: be prepared for all weathers and do not expect to be able to do the Via Ferrata on days that it is not clear and dry. Take warm clothing WITH you in the van in the morning as you can always leave it behind in there if you don't need it in your day-sack. Mountain biking in the area is lovely - this is a great back-up option in my view and also for something fun on the day off. Bikes can be hired for about 18 Euros near the train station.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I really want to do this trip again so I can actually do the Via Ferrata!

  • 10

    INTRODUCTION TO VIA FERRATA

    A challenging and exciting trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    - summiting peaks by Via Ferrata routes which would be otherwise impossible - learning skills and techniques to feel confident to tackle the routes - personal achievement and satisfaction - great sharing experiences with like minded people  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. They were thoroughly professional, offering well planned skills and technique training. They were always encouraging and motivating, and very focused on individual strengths and needs. They also had a great sense of fun which helped us succeed. Paulo 'Be happy!' still rings in my ears!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are used to serious trekking, are quite fit and are looking for a new challenge - this is it! You do need a very good head for heights. Some of the routes are very exposed, very steep, and it's a long way down and a long way up!  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

     A good sense of humour is a bonus!

  • 10

    INTRODUCTION TO VIA FERRATA

    Highly recommended trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Via ferrata is just fun - the more I did the more I wanted to do.  I'm now considering doing some rock climbing next year, along with more via ferrata of course!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We didn't have an Exodus leader with us the whole time but we were met at the airport by an Exodus rep who then also returned with us to the airport.  We had two local (but internationally qualified) mountain guides leading us each day (and who had dinner with us a couple of times) who were brilliant.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Some via ferrata require a walk in (i.e. up) and walk out (i.e. down).  The downhill sections seriously played on the knees of a couple of our group so bring along compression straps or anything else you may need if you've had injuries in the past.   While you do need a head for heights I found that being clipped in removed feelings of vertigo for me - I'm not sure if that would apply to everyone though! 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Take the chance and book this trip - you'll be so glad that you did!

  • 10

    INTRODUCTION TO VIA FERRATA

    This is a challenging  and rewarding trip which felt more than an "introduction" at times and you do need to be fit.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The two local guides were very good.  The trip lacks a little in not having an exodus guide on hand to fill in the logistical details but we managed.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Due to the late flight home you in fact have two free days to fill so that needs to be planned for.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As this is billed as an 8 day holiday the exodus 8 day insurance should cover it.  I resented paying for another 8 days to cover the last 25 minutes on the plane!

  • 8

    INTRODUCTION TO VIA FERRATA

    This was a very good experience and most of the things have exceeded my expectations. Thanks to Exodus for organising the event is such a good way. The stunning view of the Dolomites and Sud Tyrol was a bonus, on top. The local team of 2 very experienced leaders was also an important factor of the success of the whole organisation.   They have helped in every way, from belaying the inexperienced to finding bus tickets for the free day. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On the third day, we have started a serious via ferrata route, which was quite hard compared to the previous 2 days with some vertical ascents, etc. The first 30 meters of that route was a killer on the body and on the mind. After that, you gain more confidence and go to the summit with less pain, and looking down from there to see your progress was fantastic.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hubert Niederwolfsgruber and Paolo Sbisa were outstanding in their leadership. Despite the size of the group and the wide difference in the physical capacities of the individuals, they have managed to lead the group safely during the whole event.  They were excellent in keeping the group in harmony and did utmost for everyone to enjoy this tough event. When help was needed, they manage to do it in a way so that one would feel more confident of him or herself. A big thanks to Hubert and Paolo...

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Few practicalities to share for the future trips ;Technically the trip is do-able, irrespective of your physical capacity. We had a wide range of participants from serious runners and military staff to decent hill walkers, who all managed. Some with required more help from the leaders than the others, but all managed to go all the way up and down. The first 2 days of the via ferrata trip is planned for getting acquainted with the technique and the equipment, be patient, the remaining days are tough and a lot of fun. If you are not familiar with scrambling and/or rock climbing, please do not forget the fact that “It is normal to be afraid of the heights, just don’t panic”. Panic makes things worse and you loose control of your coordination. Do not hesitate to ask for help from the leaders. They are very experienced and they know how to handle such cases. Most of the times they will tell you to step on the little crack on your left and the problem will be solved. The cost of renting the equipment, the via ferrata lanyard, helmet and the harness is eur 25, where as the cost of purchase of the same is around eur 130. If you are keen on continuing via ferrata and/or scrambling, it is worth considering to buy own equipment before the trip. Consider using an approach shoe rather than a pair of mountain boots (B2). The approach shoe performs perfectly on the rocks and much lighter, about 500 gr per pair compared to a sturdy boot , weighing about 1500 gr per pair. I have used FiveTen Camp 4, which was very comfortable both on the rocks even when wet and on the scree while going downhill. The arrival to the Hotel on the very first night is very late, and there are no lunch packs available for the next day.  Therefore, suggest to arrive with some biscuits, crackers, etc that can be your lunch pack for the first day. The sauna in the hotel is not heated, unless you tell them to do so prior your departure every day. You can plan to go and see Venice on the free day. There was a bus departing Dobbiaco at 06:30 am (3 hrs by bus to Venice) and returning back at 07:00 pm. The cost was eur 64, which included the bus ticket, a canal tour with a guide.  Otherwise, short walks to neighbouring towns (Innichen, 6 km, try the FunBob), crossing the Austrian border by bike to Lienz (approx 60 km, 2-3 hrs, mainly downhill and take the train on the way back) is also recommended. The check-out time is at 11:00 am on the last day, and the bus departs from Dobbiaco to Venice at 6:00 pm, therefore one can also use the last day for sightseeing, etc.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A short note to Exodus here ; the group consisted of 15 participants, which was quite large for this event. There are long queues at the via ferrata routes and it was very hard to keep the whole group in one slot, as the speed of each member were so much different.  There were times when the time difference in between the first and the last party was 30 minutes. An optimal group size would be max 8 for such a trip. Otherwise, the large group would have been divided into 2-3 smaller ones and may even carry out different routes.   

  • 10

    INTRODUCTION TO VIA FERRATA (Dolomites)

    An excellent introduction to assisted climbing in beautiful mountains but a good head for heights and faith in the equipment is required.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hanging off the cable on Punta Anna with the Marmolada glaciers in the background and the misty morning fog clinging to the mountains below.  This trip allows you to reach places and sights that you may not have considered before adn to perhaps go outside your comfort zone a little bit :-) - we had a great time and will be going back to explore some of the other routes in the future.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The guides from Globo-Alpin (Hubbert and Paolo) were professional, friendly (insiting on buying drinks and bringing sweets to the top of the peaks) and knowledgeable.  They were always happy to answer questions and to provide guidance on possible future walks (and ones that are too difficult!).

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A bit of practice on a climbing wall would be useful before you go if you have not done any climbing before.  Also work on building up your arm and upper body strength which is very useful to pull yourself up the cables. Via Ferrata gloves or an equivalent are a must! Some kind of backpack hydration system is also very helpful - there are limited places on the Via Ferratas where it is safe or convenient to take off your rucksack. Normal walking boots were absolutely fine although the type that have a rubber covering over the toe area are better (most newer models have this) - and make sure that your soles are in good shape as good grip is important.  Conditions can be variable - a warm hat and thermal protection is necessary for the high altitude routes (you can reach 3300m), and waterproofs a must.  The thin fleec ear warmers that go under your helmet are good. There is a good English book on the Via Ferrata of the Dolomites by Fletcher and Smith which is interesting if you like to read around a route but by no means required.  Maps can be bought easily locally in the supermarket in Dobbiaco, in one of the climbing shops or in refuges.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Arranging your own flights via Verona and a visit to the Opera in this ancient Roman town is a worthy addition to the trip.  Trains go regularly from Verona to Dobbiaco taking around 4 hours and costing only 20Euros (change at Fortezza).

  • 8

    INTRODUCTION TO VIA FERRATA

    This was very challenging for someone who has mostly done walking holidays, although some of them tough too. This was really a climbing adventure and we were driven by bus to each of the daily expeditions, so walking was kept to a minimum, I would have liked more. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Dolomites are so varied and wildly beautiful that every day brought a new breathtaking vista. Some of the Via Ferrata routes we did were the highest level of difficulty and facing the fear was a major deal for an inexperienced climber like myself.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had a German speaker and an Italian speaker and they both complimented each other well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need to have a bit more than just a "head for heights", some of the ascents were proper climber territory, so you have to be fairly confident in your physical fitness and mental focus.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I did enjoy the trip a lot, mainly for the challenge and the beauty of the Dolomites. I found, however, that some days were too short and we were done by 3 pm. In the programme much longer days were advertised. The week could have been more densely packed with activity. I would have preferred to have the free day at the end of the week, not the middle.

  • 10

    INTRODUCTION TO VIA FERRATA

    A brilliant challenging week. The local guides from Globalalpin were fantastic.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    INTRODUCTION TO VIA FERRATA

    The Dolomites are truly beautiful and should be on everyone's itinerary at some point. And if you want a bit of an adrenaline buzz from leaning out safely over empty space 2500 meters up the side of a mountain, then try Via Ferrata.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    1. Having arrived in the dark, opening the curtains of our room the following morning to a view of the mountains 2. Scaling our first 3* ferrata 3. Absorbing the scale of the scenery in relation to oneself.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    This was perhaps one of the disappointments of this trip, because we didn't have a group leader. We had hired mountain guides but no Exodus representative. We were met at the airport by a number of Exodus people who dropped us at our hotel but we didn't see them again until the coach arrived to take us back to the airport. The mountain guides, while being very good, kept changing throughout the week.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

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