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AB

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Super experience on the Classic Cols tour July 2015

5.0

Classic Climbs of the Pyrenees

Super experience on the Classic Cols tour, small group but very friendly and flexible routes, Xavier did a superb job looking after us - which was important as I brought along my son, Nick, the youngest ever guest of Bike Basque. Easily best value trip I found in alps or Pyrenees but still in nice hotels. Highly recommended, my son already wants to come back! Read more

Operator Bike Basque

SM

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From beginning to end, starting with your excellent communication and organisation right up until my departure date, everything was arranged with ease and efficiency from your end January 1970

5.0

Bali, Rinjani Climb & Gili Islands

and the experience on Lombok did not disappoint. In fact, it exceeded all my expectations in terms of adventure,excitement, beauty, friendships forged and memories made. I would like to make special mention of the delightful and devoted Lombok locals on the ground who made our trip so much fun and so carefree. They all went above and beyond their duty to make us feel comfortable, safe, welcome,relaxed and very special. ERNAWAN - our lovely, humble tour leader, driver and fixer for whom nothing was too much trouble. He drove us everywhere with care and precision and passed on all his knowledge about his culture and country. He went out of his way to make everything just perfect for us. SAR - our cheerful mountain guide on Mt Rinjani who smiled all day, every day, non-stop. We had so much fun and so many laughs. he helped us make informed decisions about our progress and plans and encouraged us every step of the way. he truly believed that we could do it (the climb) and passed on this motivation with a wisdom way beyond his years. he made sure all arrangements were carried out without fuss and communicated this to his friends, the porters. Sar's enthusiasm and vitality was infectious. He was the driving force behind our successful bid for the summit and I will always remember his kindness and the joy he shares with everyone on the mountain as he goes about his work. TUTTI - Sar's uncle and trekking leader/organiser. He knew just what we needed and his years of experience showed through. His staff and family are a credit to him. REPAL - our quiet, devout porter who did absolutely everything humanly possible to make us feel warm and comfortable. from cooking, preparing our camp gear and setting up great camping spots...Repal was a true gentleman. He was incredibly strong but also gentle and calm. DENIS - our other happy porter who carried all our gear as if it was a feather! I really enjoyed every meal he and Repal prepared. Despite the language barrier, we shared lots of laughs and smiles around the campsite andfireside. Sar, Repal and Denis were a mighty team and we couldn't have done any of this without their support and passion for their precious mountain village and home. It was a privilege to share the pride they have in their lovely corner of Lombok. Terima kasih, you are all great people with good hearts. Please pass on our sincere gratitude to your team and to our Lombok family for making this a very special week that will remain with me forever. I would not hesitate to recommend this trip and World Expeditions to any prospective traveller. This was my first time on an organised tour and I hope it will not be my last! Read more

Operator World Expeditions

I

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Excellent September 2016

4.0

Climb Mt Toubkal

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Operator G Adventures

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INTRODUCTION TO VIA FERRATA August 2016

4.0

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. 
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.

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...

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.

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. 
 

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Operator Exodus Travels

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I walked Mt Rinjani in 2009 with my daughter when it was erupting andit was just so exciting January 1970

4.0

Bali, Rinjani Climb & Gili Islands

This time we were caught in a gail dust stormand it was hard but so well handled by our guides. The views arefantastic and swimming in the lake and hot springs was such a treat.It is a great walk to do! Read more

Operator World Expeditions

A

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Be prepared for all weathers August 2016

3.0

Introduction to Via Ferrata

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

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.

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.

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

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Operator Exodus Travels

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