Trip Region: Western Europe
Partners Trek? No
Trip Cost: $2350
Airfare Estimate: $1500
Nightlife: 3 • Activity: 3
Need an active trip to bridge the gap between school and the summer spent watching Netflix on your parents’ couch? Interested in hiking, climbing, and cooking your way through Italy? Always wanted to conquer the Italian Alps then wine and dine those calories back with delicious Italian food? Perfect, we have the trek for you! We’ll spend our trek alternating between moderate physical activity because we’re go-getters, relaxing because we’ve earned it, and partying because obviously. ALPINE-ing for a GOOD TIME will give you an introduction to b-school by getting you in shape for MBA games, prepping your livers for happy hours at Skeeps, and giving you stories you can brag about to your new sectionmates. This 10-day trip will see us hiking through the Italian rocky rooftops of the Dolomite mountains, drinking delicious wine, cooking dinner with an Italian chef, and dancing our nights away in Florence. In between, we’ll be sure to laugh, share stories, eat gelato, and immerse ourselves in la bella vita.
Your fearless leaders had an epic trip to Montenegro last year as part of their MTrek experience, and are excited and dedicated to making your MTrek experience in Italy just as memorable.
So strap on your hiking boots and join us for an atypical Italian adventure that you won’t soon forget!
Day 1 — Friday, Aug 28
Benvenuti all'Italia! We will meet at the Venice airport and take a ride into the mountains to Cortina d’Ampezzo, a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks.
Day 2 — Saturday, Aug 29
We'll meet our UIAGM/IFMGA professional mountain guide and drive to Rifugio Auronzo to begin our hike. Along the way you’ll admire the spectacular Cadini mountain group to the south, with its rock spires, which leads to a stony amphitheater, at the edge of which stand extensive World War I fortifications. (8mi, 2000ft ascent, 1800ft descent)
Day 3 — Sunday, Aug 30
Today you have time to relax and explore Cortina d’Ampezzo with your new friends - discover the city, go shopping, hang out with the locals, and sample the local cuisine. We have an option to organize a via ferrata day with a local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA professional mountain guide. What's via ferrata? Check it out http://vimeo.com/67631638
Day 4 — Monday, Aug 31
Pack your overnight bag because we'll drive to Malga Federa to start our 2-night hike in the mountains. Beginning at rifugio Croda da Lago G. Palmieri, we'll enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains and the lake Federa. At rifugio Passo Giau we will enjoy a hearty lunch and then continue to our rifugio for the night (6mi, 3,117ft ascent, 2,296ft descent)
Day 5 — Tuesday, Sep 01
Today our hike begins with an exploration of the remnants from World War I. We'll cross several broad debris-filled gullies, with Lago de Limedes visible as we descend. We'll reach Passo Falzarego and ride a gondola up to one of the highest Rifugios in the Dolomites (2,752m / 9,029'), our home for the night (8mi, 2,296ft ascent, 1,476ft descent)
Day 6 — Wednesday, Sep 02
After breakfast we'll hike downhill towards Rifugio Scotoni then towards Capanna Alpina, a restaurant built in an incredible setting, at the border of the Natural Park Fanes-Sennes-Braies. From here hike to our hotel in Alta Badia (4 miles, 3,295ft descent.)
Day 7 — Thursday, Sep 03
Today we take the train from Bolzano to Florence through the Tuscan countryside as we transition from hiking into city life. We'll then spend evening familiarizing ourselves with the layout of Florence, eating dinner, and checking out the local nightlife
Day 8 — Friday, Sep 04
Visit to Lucca, a medieval town in the heart of Tuscany. We'll walk on top of the city walls, walk down into the town to explore the cathedral, markets, and cafes. Then we'll head into the hills to take a private cooking class with Chef Paolo where we will cook our dinner while tasting different wine varietals. We then head back to Florence for a night out
Day 9 — Saturday, Sep 05
Free Day in Florence. After having breakfast together, groups will split off to do what they are interested in. Options include: Uffizi Gallery, David at Accademia Gallery, Duomo, shopping - Florence is famous for leather, gelato eating competition, and wine tasting. We will set a time to all meet back for our last dinner together and hit the town and dance the night away
Day 10 — Sunday, Sep 06
We will say goodbye - but not for long! - we fly out of the Florence airport to head back to the States.
Chris "I just wanna dance" Hildner
Although Chris originally hails from New Jersey, this fact shouldn’t be held against him; with years of living in Virginia, China, and Philadelphia under his belt before coming to Ross, Chris has transcended the Garden State and proven once and for all that it has more to offer the world than just political corruption and Superfund sites. An all-around nice guy with a great sense of self-deprecating humor, Chris is sure to keep us entertained with his quips as well as his often futile attempts to avoid sunburns. Last year he won the “Best Ankle Tan” award. Chris is also a great source of Ann Arbor restaurant recommendations, as he has yet to step foot in a Michigan grocery store. And as social chair of Section 3, Chris takes partying seriously. When the music gets bumpin, keep an eye out for his epic dance move(s).
Monica "I bring my own wine" Wyant
Monica will joining us in Italy immediately following her European honeymoon, and while she is now a married woman, you better believe she’s ready to have some fun with her fellow Rossers. Monica has a passion for traveling and has been all over the world, so bring your bucket list, cause chances are she’s already been there/done that, and will happily give you the 411. Don’t be misled by the conspicuous absence of flannel in her wardrobe; Monica’s a commited ERBer and brings the same passion to issues of sustainability that she does to business. Plus, after an exciting MAP project with a California winery, this girl should be a veritable wine expert by the time we land in Italy.
Sarah "Action Jackson" Hirsch
Go big or go home. You will need to bring your “A” game to keep up with this wonder woman. From sailing and skiing to hiking and biking, Sarah’s a seasoned outdoors-woman, with the all Gore-Tex layers to prove it. And don’t think a wild night out will slow her down. Sarah will still beat you to the top of the mountain with the help of her trusty tennis ball (you’ll find out about this). When she’s not outdoors, you can find her pursuing her dual degree in Public Health, leading the Healthcare & Lifesciences and Private Equity club, or planning next year’s MBA ski trip. Like any superhero she does have one kryptonite – potatoes…don’t expect to see any on this trek!
Alden "Iceman" Smith
Some people call him a Harry Potter understudy, but with his cool, calm demeanor, Alden shares more in common with Top Gun’s Iceman…but don’t worry, he won’t be snapping his teeth at anyone in the locker room. Alden has lived on both coasts — and in Asia — but considers himself a Masshole above all (and might be the only Rosser who wishes the Starbucks gets replaced with a Dunkin Donuts). When not cramming a case five minutes before class or running through the Arb, Alden can often be found having one-way philosophical debates with his three canine housemates or “networking” on a certain social network app that begins with a “G.” Although this will be his first time to Italy, he has previouly summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, so have no doubt that he’ll help set the pace as we conquer the Dolomites. His quick wit makes him a formidable opponent at cards against humanity, but Fotch is really his game…join us and try to steal his title!
Allison "The Prez" Holmgren
This born and raised California girl is definitely the brains of the operation. While she can’t speak Italian, this will be her third trip to Italy, so Allison will make sure we experience the best sites, food, and wine while also educating you how to conquer Ross (hint: you must look phenomenal wearing an American flag onesie). Back at Ross, Allison loves being President of Section 5 and focusing on operations as a member of the Tauber Institute. As the trek’s designated Mama Bear, she will ensure you are happy, healthy, and always ready for a dance party in the rain.