Hi, Backstory: whenever I skied above the tree line I would feel as if I was going to fall to my side and land on the roof of the lodge. To counter this I would have to look at the ground no further than 20' ahead of me. With a tree on the slope, I could be on the steepest slope and be fine. So...obviously my orientation is a bit off. Consequently, and also due to the comments about slippery surfaces on inclines/declines on the RS Greece tour, I believe I should have a trekking pole (or two) with me. Ordinarily, I check my bag so that would be no issue as I could put the pole(s) in the bag. However, because I have a 15 hour layover at Heathrow, I will not check my bag on the way over as I don't think it would be a good idea to have my bag sit for 15 hours 'somewhere' at Heathrow. And it costs more money to have the bag appear mid-trip so I don't want to do that. Consequently, I have two options that I can see:
1. Just check only my pole(s) through to Athens and hope for the best?
2. Buy poles in Athens?
2a. Has anyone bought poles in Athens? Where? I've tried to locate stores by googling but have not been successful.
What would you do? (And don't say ditch the long layover, because that is my lovely night's sleep and pampering. This is a day flight to London.) I'm particularly concerned about the acropolis steps because I can't find photographs...handrails would alleviate vertigo. And also, I'm confused by RS's term strenuous: for whom? I've also read several blogs about people falling from the slippery marble on hills to the ruins. Am I over-thinking this? It is really difficult to figure out what is an exaggeration. I'm pretty fit. I won't be running up hills, but can walk long distances. And I'll add a more hill work into my routine (as I live in the middle of a big hill this won't be a problem. I see the acropolis is 200 steps. The Paris catacombs are 270 steps out, and even anemic at the time, I did that. So I'm really confused also by the word 'strenuous'. So if strenuous or precarious or precipitous, I'd like at least one pole...
So what choice would you make? Or am I being mislead by the descriptions of the walks to the ruins and/or the word strenuous? I'm not 21 anymore...