The only way is up – Lovcen National Park, Montenegro

“You can’t possibly get lost” says the lady in the national park office.

“Did you know there are snakes in Montenegro?” says Elaine.

I am comforted by neither of these statements.

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Hiking for beginners

Time has passed and the expensive counselling has obviously helped. But, says the therapist – usually with a weary sigh – I am never again to take hiking advice from a man wearing khaki gaiters.

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