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Carpathian Walking & Bears

Anybody on here going on this trip? Wondering what folk are packing, how your fitness levels are, and just have a general chat.

Hi Diane,

Are you going on the one starting May 4? I live near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, so I am accustomed to the higher altitude and the ever-changing mountain weather. I would recommend packing some good, quick-drying layers and some sort of wind/water resistant shell, though not too heavy, to wear over it. I usually hike in trail runners but it all depends on your ankle strength. I plan on bringing hiking poles as they can help save your joints. It sounds like it could possibly be rainy so I will be bringing full rain gear (tops and bottoms) and an extra pair of shoes. I spend time in the mountains near my house all year so please reach out with any more questions. 

I'm on the one departing on 11th May.  I live in Scotland and do a bit of hiking, so I'm used to wet weather!  Definitely packing my walking poles, and lightweight, quick-drying walking trousers and shirts.

I tend to get too warm in even an expensive, breathable waterproof, so usually end up just getting wet :-)

My husband and I are on the 11 May Carpathian hike tour. Very avid hikers in the So West of the US.   Kate C (above) seems to have nailed it re: what to pack.  We travel very light but a hike trip like this I always bring no fewer than 3 pair quick drying hike sox, 2 quick dry pants and 2 shirts. While one dries in your room you can wear the other. And you could basically wear the same clothes all week and no one would notice! ;-) We also like wide brimmed hats not only for sun (a must where we live) but when rainy it keeps your face and neck dryer when your rain jacket hood does not. Poles/sticks really helpful on downhills. Pack whatever layers for under your rain jacket you personally feel you need. Eager to meet fellow hikers — see you at the airport in Bucharest! 

That looks very much like my packing list. Plus a couple of "nicer" tops for dining out in Brasov, for example. (Which still get worn with Craghopper trousers!).

Exodus does have a "What to take" list: https://www.exodus.co.uk/tripnotes/wvr/86980#what_to_take

I would never have thought to pack a lunch box if I hadn't looked at it. 

What flight routing are you taking?  I'm not on the group flight - instead I'm flying via Amsterdam from Edinburgh, which gets me into Bucharest at 5.20pm. The group flight doesn't arrive until 8.05pm so I'll be finding a bar to pass the time.

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