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International Award Adventurous Journey Practice and Dents du Midi ascent

This was an exceptionally busy weekend for the Alpine Club, with two separate overnight trips into the mountains: one camping and the other staying in a hut and climbing to the summit of our most iconic Skyline Peak. The camping trip was for the International Award, with 29 students loading up backpacks with everything needed […]

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Off Piste Ski and Avalanche Group

Skiing off piste (off the groomed trails) is not for everyone. A lot can go wrong, so there’s much  to learn to stay safe. And sometimes the snow quality is awful. That’s when your skiing skills have to be top-notch, so you can bust through the crud no matter how deep. Fortunately, this year’s group […]

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Diablerets Glacier Ascent 2017

Last weekend, the LAS Alpine Club struck out for our annual ascent of Les Diablerets, at 3,210m, the highest peak in the Canton of Vaud–which is our home canton. This year brought a new twist: sleeping in a mountain hut halfway to the summit. Diablerets means “the abode of the devils”, named because of all […]

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Adventurous Journey Video

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 […]

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Caving with the Middle School

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 […]

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In Memoriam: Royal Robbins

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 […]

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