I started to plan our tour in the Dolomites in Dec 2016. I had a lot of troubles making decisions due to little information I could get from internet (no Google nor google map available in China as you may know) and there were not many choices for hotels or refuges on Ctrip (the biggest online travel agent in China). So it has been puzzling me for months. I have to thank Max Rive and Arild Heitmann, mutual friends of Marco for introducing him as our private tour guide for 6 days in late Oct 2017. Then everything became simple and easy.
Marco not only tailor-made our tour with flexibility for better chances of photography (good choices of hotels and food along the tour, yeah I am a foodie, lol) but also made my dream of camping overnight in Seceda come true! Since my buddy Jackson Wang and I had zero camping experiences, Marco almost prepared everything we needed for camping locally (that save a lot of weights for the rest of our tour) and he even offered to carry most of the equipment when we were hiking up to Seceda (his backpack was like 30kg, hell knows how he could manage that!). If he did not help us carrying the stuff, I doubt whether we could get to the top in time for the amazing sunset. Marco also drove us back to Vienna’s airport from The Dolomites via Lake Bled, Slovenia (8h trip!) so we got extra chances to shoot good pictures there.
So my friend, Marco Grassi, you are not only an outstanding photographer who gave us a lot of professional and incentive instructions both on the field while shooting and during post processing sessions, you also are an enthusiast and friendly person always willing to help. I did enjoy the time we spent together, thank you very much.
While I am writing this to let you know how great Marco is at his job, I have already made up my mind to join Marco’s Patagonia tour next April. Yes, just because it is Marco Grassi.