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3 Reviews

  • Reviewed July 2018
    Daniel Fletcher

    A Grand Weekend

    The RockyPop Hotel wasn't planned, it was a last minute alteration by Exodus who had issued the wrong hotel name in the Joining Instructions. Upon hearing the hotels name I feared that I was about to enter a cheesy 70s themed hotel: little did I know. From moment I entered the RockyPop Hotel I was mesmerised by the stylish decor, cinema meets alpnsim. This was going to be a good trip. Trips like these are made by the people you meet, your fellow travelers and settling in to the evening I knew that these interesting individuals, who were sharing their enthralling mountain stories with me, were going to provide delightful company over the weekend. Meeting the guide the following morning, it was clear that Jerome had a lust for life, we were going to get on. The transfer to the Gran Paradiso National Park was stunning. The Chamonix valley and beyond the border in Italy boast fantastic postcard views. And now to the hard part. The ascent of Gran Paradiso was fairly tough, but this could be done by anybody looking for an introduction into Alpinism. The technical aspects of the climb were rewarding and Jerome timed it right so that we had this busy summit all to ourselves. Tresenta on the following morning was a bit more of a slog, more mentally than physically, skipping over rocks until the summit. But the views up there were magnificent and 15 minutes of rest on the summit gave the group time to soak in the surroundings. The itinerary could be altered to do the peaks the other way around to aid acclimatisation, but I can honestly say the way we did it was the best. allowing us a night at the iconic Refuge Chabod and a more interesting route up Gran Paradiso. We were lucky to have a private room for our group in the refuges, which were to a decent standard. The food in the Refuge Chabod really took us by surprise. The whole trip was superb and I can't believe it was crammed in to one long weekend.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Our guide Jerome. His love of the mountains and nature cascaded to the whole group and we could really feel his passion. This enthusiasm could only have a positive effect on the whole groups experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I can't say enough about him. Funny, sociable and experienced. I always felt safe under his watchful eye.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be very cautious not to overload your backpack.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Book this trip whether you are a beginner or an experienced summiteer.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Richard Binstead

    A Good Challenge for Those Needing a Quick Mountain Fix

    This is quite a tough trip for the reason that you get straight in to it, after a walk up to the mountain refuge on day 1 you are up early to attempt the summit, so definitely worth making sure you have done some training beforehand. Overall Its a good experience with lots of glacier traversing and some rock climbing to reach the top so not a straight-forward trek.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views from Gran Paradiso are beautiful, looking out across to Mont Blanc at sunrise!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bernard was amazing, his experience in the mountains is vast so you have no doubt in his abilities, and he was great at keeping us motivated all the way to the top.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack light as you will be carrying everything up to the top and be prepared for a crowded summit, which can be unnerving as the summit is very small.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We had bad weather on day one so could not go to the top, however on day two we got to have another attempt and made it, so this is not a one chance trip there are options if circumstances go against you.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    louise taylor

    Gran Paradiso, Italy Alps

    What a great adventure over a long weekend, travelling through three countries to finally stop in Italy, its a long hard slog of a climb, patience and experience helps, ropes, crampons and use of ice picks experience helps again dont come untrained, the last 500 meters of the summit is great fun, dont look down if you dont have a head for heights, recommend this trip for fit people only or you will struggle! Loved the guide and the friendly mountain hut staff, thanks Exodus

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Summit on the 2nd attempted as the the weather was unkind on our 1st attempt

    What did you think of your group leader?

    our group leader was very experienced and had a good sense of humor!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared and dont take risks, always listen to your group leader!