Q: What type of shape do I need to be in? I am not sure I am “fit” for this type of trip.
A: This is the most common question we receive. Our standard walks are not tough. Anyone can do them. And yes we mean anyone. Well okay, if you are 60 or more pounds overweight, you should perhaps lose some weight or get in better shape. But for most people they are already in good enough “condition” to do this trip. We match people to the right group/week so there is no need to worry about this, but call me if you have concerns and with some simple questions I can determine what trip would be perfect for you.
This is not a long grueling hiking trip with big boots and a big pack. There are NO big hills – we use cable cars. You are NOT carrying a heavy pack, only a very light day pack. (A van schleps our bags, and is available for you if it is desired.) If you can spend a few hours walking around the mall carrying shopping bags, then you can handle this. If you spend a day walking around New York City or Disneyland then you are fit enough.
We do offer harder and more challenging trips so please contact me about those options.
Q: What is the pace on the trail?
A: Each person goes at his/her own pace. There is no too fast or too slow. There is plenty of time to take photos, smell the wild flowers, and enjoy. There is no hurry – we are on the greatest vacation you’ve ever taken. Relax and have a great time. Those wanting a faster pace, can go ahead, or have a drink and wait for the rest of the group, or join one of more challenging weeks.
Q: Where does the trip start?
A: Each trip starts outside Venice, Italy in the beautiful mountain town of Cortina d’Amprezzo. We’ll help you get to Cortina and you’ll have time to walk around and explore the area. You’ll spend Saturday evening at a wonderful hotel in Cortina, then we’ll start our first day walk as a group on Sunday morning. We recommend you spend at least a couple of days in Venice. It is a great way to begin this vacation and a great place to get over any jet-lag and to relax into your vacation. Some people fly into airports elsewhere in Europe and take a train or domestic flight to Venice.
Q: When do you suggest arriving in Venice?
A: Most people feel jet lag, let alone need to unwind from work or stress at home. Two nights in Venice is great. It’s a wonderful walking city – relax, unwind, enjoy some wonderful meals with delicious local wines, try some gelato plus other Italian desserts, and get your legs moving.
Q: How available are you by phone for advice?
A: All of the trips are customized. Contacting me would be a great idea. I try to group people together based upon their aspirations, goals, fitness, experience, and desired activities.
Call me, Gary Scott, at: 435-729-9107 or email directly at: gary@RightPathAdventures.com
Q: Do I need high-tech hiking clothing or gear?
A: No, if you have hiking/walking clothing then bring it. Otherwise most people wear normal travel clothing, or work out/yoga clothing. Some even hike in jeans and t-shirts. The most important thing is comfortable footwear: trail running shoes or lightweight hiking boots are sufficient. A warm layer like a fleece jacket or a waterproof jacket is recommended. At night it can get cooler so a jacket to wear in the evenings is a good idea. We have numerous sets of trekking poles. The only “gear” you need is a daypack. We send out a comprehensive pre-trip packet with a suggested gear and clothing list before the trip.