We were recently reviewing photos of our furry friends in the forest on our Bois de Prafandaz LETS site (1660m) and came across this interesting series. We experienced a freak snowstorm in early November, as you’ll see in the photos below. There was no snow on 5 November and none again on 26 November, but in […]
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Here is a short (90-second) video from our just-completed Qualifying Journey, the second “Adventurous Journey” taken for each level of the International Award. These are Bronze- and Silver-level students undertaking a two- or three-day backpacking adventure depending on their Award levels. We left Leysin on foot, then hiked completely around the prominent peaks above Leysin for […]
swissinfo.ch did a marvelous job of profiling GLOBE Day last March, including interviews with students Hermann, Jiahua, and Alex, as well as Dan Patton, John Francis, Chris McOwen, and myself. It’s a delightful 11-minute listen. Swiss news in 10 languages PODCAST: A new kind of school science fair By Celia Luterbacher in Leysin SUBSCRIBE ON iTUNES […]
Last weekend LAS Middle School students discovered their local mountains from the inside out. These limestone hills are riddled with caves–you might say it’s like Swiss cheese set in stone. We hiked from Les Fers (a favorite winter ski hangout) uphill to a couple of short caverns. In the first one we could stand up […]
Click the image to read swissinfo’s wonderful article about Globe Day 2017.
In Memoriam: Royal Robbins, LAS faculty 1965-1967 When Royal Robbins came to teach sports at LAS in 1965, he was arguably the best rock climber in the world. His pioneering ascents on the 1,000-meter big walls of Yosemite, California, could never be surpassed. To be sure, harder routes have been done since. But Robbins broke […]
Enjoy these images from Globe Day 2017 (click on the image below to view the gallery). There is a story coming up on swissinfo.ch that we hope will summarize the day nicely. We’ll post that as soon as it comes out.
Last weekend the Alpine Club thrilled to the first-ever LAS ski touring adventure. We left in a storm, reaching the hut with the wind howling and fresh snow falling. The next morning dawned bright and clear and struck up the day’s tour as the sun first hit Cabane Marcel Brunet. The photos speak for themselves […]
This upcoming GLOBE Day should be our best ever! Here are speakers you can look forward to: All speakers will address their work with citizen science and education. John Francis portrait by Winn Brewer. John Francis, PhD, recently retired from the National Geographic Society, where he was Vice President for Research, Conservation, and Exploration. He directed […]
Why would you drive to one of the highest villages in the Alps in the middle of winter? To find reliably frozen waterfalls, of course. On Sunday the LAS Alpine Club drove to Arolla, which at 2,000 meters in elevation is home to some of the best ice climbing in Switzerland for beginners to learn […]