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JULY 4 - 11 - A WEEK OF HIKING & VIA FERRATA IN THE DOLOMITES : ITALIAN ALPS

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Join us in the Italian Dolomites for a week of hiking and the ultimate in mountain adventure - Via Ferrata!

The hiking in the Dolomites is superb and suitable for all abilities but be warned, the optional Via Ferrata adventure is not for the faint hearted. You will need to be sure-footed and have a head for heights for Via Ferrata but the sheer excitement and exhilaration of negotiating these protected scrambling routes is unbeatable.

Originally built to assist the movements of military units in WW1, Via Ferrata is the key Dolomites attraction. It is a breath taking network of scrambling routes, comprised of skilfully installed fixed cables, ladders and gorge-spanning bridges, which aid ascents to dramatic summits.

The Outdoor Adventure Club and Collett's Mountain Holidays are teaming up to offer you this great trip.

Cost: £620 if we are a full group of 30 including local transport and airport transfers but flight cost is not included.

20 - 29 people will cost £640 per person.


Flights: Currently £110 return with British Airways - London Gatwick to Venice Marco Polo airport.

Our airport transfers will be timed to meet the following flights:

OUTBOUND (BA 2584) Wednesday 4 July
Departure - 13:50 Gatwick
Arrives - 16:55 Venice

INBOUND (BA 2585) Wednesday 11 July
Departure - 17:40 Venice
Arrives 18:45 Gatwick

You may want to spend additional days in Venice if you wish but our transfer coach will work to these departures.

Accommodation: We have booked a beautiful, traditional Tyrolean hotel ( Haus Valentin) for our exclusive use. It is run as a hospitable and relaxed hosted chalet complete with charming rooms and absorbing mountain views. All rooms in this quality accommodation are twin share or double (for couples) and are fully en-suite.

Meals: Our hosted accommodation includes warm hospitality and good food on a half board basis. We will be served good semi-continental breakfast daily and each evening (except the Wednesday we arrive) an excellent home cooked three course dinner with wine included. Naturally, they cater for a wide range of dietary requirements and hearty packed lunches can be ordered daily for €5 per day.

Via Ferrata: Collett's will provide us with our own Via Ferrata organiser(s) for the week offering 5 routes during our stay, so we would have one day to entertain ourselves. Possible suggestions are a programme beginning with the Cir Spitz Via Ferrata route (grade 2B), then progressing on to Grade 3 routes, ending with a Grade 4 route. We could also plan a route or another activity for the day when the Collett's organiser is not with us – this could be the Lagazuoi tunnels, which would combine local history with a good day out, or a local walk from Pedraces, or it could be something totally different, for example a day trip to Bolzano to see the Ice Man at the archaeological museum.

Hiking: If the Via Ferrata is really not your kind of thing then there are superb hikes organised by Collett's knowledgeable staff. They will show you the best routes in the mountains and each day they offer a choice of hikes to suit your fitness and experience level.

Local transport: We have negotiated an excellent deal with Collett's to include airport transfers and local coach transport on each day of our trip into the total cost. They have agreed to offer us this transport for just £100 (now included in the total of £620 for a full group) which is superb value considering airport transfers alone would normally cost £72 return!

Dates: Wednesday 4 - Wednesday 11 July 2012.

Number of Participants: Maximum 30

This is an exceptional trip offering awesome mountain adventure, breath taking scenery, quality en-suite accommodation and delicious meals.

You don't want to miss this one, so book your holiday time NOW! smile


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  • Gillian

    An amazing trip, well organised throughout!

    July 17, 2012

  • David

    thanks Geoff and Eti for arranging this wonderful trip. Will love to see you guys again soon at a backabush weekend or social event :)

    July 17, 2012

  • Geoff

    Wow - amazing photos David! If anyone else has any we would love to see them.

    1 · July 17, 2012

  • Etiennette

    Great photos - thanks for sharing!!

    1 · July 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was good all round. Just like last year.

    July 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to everyone and especially the Haus Valentin team for a fantastic holiday! Looking forward to seeing all the photos.

    July 15, 2012

  • David

    If anyone wants any of my photos, i've uploaded the ones i've edited in their highest resolution so you can simply click on the photo, select orginal size and save any you want..

    July 14, 2012

  • David

    fantastic in everyway. great group dynamics. wonderful hiking, awesome climbing, food, drink, parties, guides. thanks Geoff and Eti for this holiday. really gutted i'm back home...

    July 14, 2012

  • Lisa

    Yes, I agree. Other than the battered hands evidence of the climbs is missing. They think I am making it up at work and I was on a spa trip with hand trauma. Need hard evidence.

    July 14, 2012

  • Dimitris

    John, David & Kieron to download some photos please ;-)

    July 14, 2012

  • Etiennette

    Second visit and Collett's did it again: an AMAZING week of VF, new routes every day, the best crew you could wish for, superb accommodation, a mountain of yummy food, and great company all along. Special thanks to Rich and everyone at HV for looking after us so well!

    July 12, 2012

  • Lizanne C.

    A fabulous week of VF-ing, great company, good food & drink & fun.

    July 12, 2012

  • Dimitris

    This was a really well organised trip with a good bunch of people. Collet's did a superb job and the Dolomites are simply breathtaking. I had a fantastic time, catch you all soon.

    July 12, 2012

  • Geoff

    Absolutely amazing! Once again Collett's Mountain Holidays provided a superb and action packed holiday for our group. You just can't beat them for quality and value!

    July 12, 2012

  • Ody P

    Dolomites are stunning! Great company and our amazing guides made this a fantastic trip! Hopefully will be back soon!

    July 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had such an amazing time with all of you guys. Thanks for organization it Geoff. Definitely up for it again. :-)

    July 11, 2012

  • Blue

    Brilliant trip - second time round and would recommend to anyone

    July 11, 2012

  • Kieron D.

    Pretty good so far and only 2 days into the trip. The hotel, staff and guides are brill. It's going to be difficult when we have to leave ;-).... Back home now :-( after two weeks in the Alps. VF is my preferred way to get up mountains. It's exciting and social, doesn't take much kit and anyone can do it. The Dolomite scenery is sometimes incredibly pretty and sometimes very dramatic. The hotel was top notch (I was lucky to get a double room to my self) with food that made it impossible to loose weight no matter how many mountains we climbed. The self service bar was a lot of fun too. Thanks Geoff, Eti and everyone :-)

    July 6, 2012

  • Simon

    Dany, Merryn and I are in Mestre and taking the 1640 bus to the airport for a 30 minute trip.

    July 4, 2012

  • Lisa

    I am on the easyjet flight from gatwick at 1250. Anyone else? I hope it will be sunny in Italy!

    July 3, 2012

  • Gillian

    Yes - I am! A long wait in the airport or time to visit somewhere? Seat 10A on the plane. Will look out for you...

    July 3, 2012

  • Maris O.

    Is anyone else on 07:40 flight from Gatwick ?

    July 3, 2012

  • Geoff

    Hi Everyone - just one little bit of advice for this trip. Definitely bring fingerless gloves like cycling gloves or gym gloves. Several days of hands on rock and pulling on the cables cut holes in my hands last time!

    July 1, 2012

  • Dimitris

    Geoff, thanks. Yes I need the internet to check emails etc. due to the nature of my work, and just so that everyone knows there is free wi-fi at the chalet.

    June 25, 2012

  • Geoff

    Hi Dimitris - the Collett's holiday reps will be waiting for us at airport and will guide us to the coach. I think they have wi-fi but best check with Collett's if this is important for you.

    June 25, 2012

  • Dimitris

    Geoff, thanks. Once we arrive at the airport, what instructions do we need to follow to get to the coach? Where do we need to go? And does the chalet offer wi-fi?

    June 24, 2012

  • Geoff

    Dimitris - this is high risk activity so insurance is essential. We recommend the BMC: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/Pages.aspx?page=17 I think the VF kit was 10 euros a day and you need some euros for lunch and drinks in the evenings plus 1 dinner when we eat out. About 20 euros a day will cover the basics if you don't drink alcohol.

    June 19, 2012

  • Dimitris

    Geoff - thanks. What sort of daily budget should we looking for hiring the equipment, and I presume having personal insurance is an absolute must?

    June 19, 2012

  • Dylan

    Hi all,

    Really looking forward to the trip - it has come round so quick.
    I will be staying on until Sunday, think a few others said that they would too but there has been a few changes to the participants since then. If there is anyone else staying on that would like to join me please get in touch and perhaps we could combine forces.

    June 19, 2012

  • Geoff

    Hi Dimitris - you will need to bring your usual outdoor clothes for the mountains but the via feratta equipment can be hired at our accommodation. They have lots of maps you can borrow so you don't need to buy any and the staff will be with us on via feratta anyway. I am going to Venice a couple of days early so I won't see you at Gatwick but look forward to meeting everyone in Italy when the coach picks us up at the airport.

    June 19, 2012

  • Dimitris

    Hi everyone,
    This trip is getting closer now - I have booked myself on the previously recommended flights so I hope to see some of you at the airport. Geoff, are you on that same flight? Could you also recommend a 'list of things' that are necessary for this trip and would we need maps or extra equipment for the hikes, including the via ferrata? Any tips or advise would be welcome. See you soon Dimitris

    June 18, 2012

  • Kieron D.

    Hey Milla, my VF guide book says: "The best coverage is by Tabacco and Kompass. We favor Tabacco although there is little to choose between them. Neither can match OS maps for detail and accuracy." I've never bought an Italian walking map but will check them out while there.
    VF easy, Kieron.

    June 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've managed to rupture three ligaments in my ankle, so I won't be able to do the Via Ferrata. Instead planning to do day walks in the area. I am planning on buying maps/ books in advance. Would anyone have suggestions on maps, as I have heard that the Tabacco ones are not very clear?

    June 18, 2012

  • Kieron D.

    After a lot of searching and umming and ahhing I've taken delivery of an Edelrid, Cable Comfort 2, Via Ferrata set costing £70 from Elite Mountain Supplies. I'm very pleased with it. Now I want to go play in the mountains :-)

    May 28, 2012

  • Kieron D.

    Thanks Geoff. I'll buy if I can find one I like. I've heard that there's Via Feratta in good old Blighty :o)

    December 5, 2011

  • Geoff

    You can hire via ferrata kit at the accommodation for a few euros a day but if you think you want to do this more in the future it might be best to buy your own.

    December 5, 2011

  • Kieron D.

    I'm wondering if I should buy a Via Ferrata leash? landyard? dunno what there called. The rope with a crab at each end and a friction brake device in the middle. What happened, gear wise, last time?

    December 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Simon, I'm flying in on the 3rd July, arriving Venice at 10:50am.

    September 22, 2011

  • Simon

    Looks like I'm the only one flying in advance. There's a possibility of Latitude Festival falling on the 13th-15th so had to be back by then. Will be in Venice on July 1st.

    September 22, 2011

  • Maris O.

    I will be staying until Sunday too.
    I booked these flights: 07:40 4 Jul and 23:10 15 Jul

    September 22, 2011

  • Dylan

    Flights booked so all set - Can't wait! I will be travelling out with you on the Wed. but have decided to stay on until Sunday the 15th. If anyone would like to join me please get in touch and we can hatch a plan for the extension, it would be nice to have some company.

    September 20, 2011

  • Etiennette

    The June 2011 trip was absolutely awesome - can't wait for next year's adventures!!! ;-D

    August 30, 2011

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