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 […]
Clack go the bindings. Rrrip go the skins. Flip goes the stomach. We’ve just torn the “skins” from our skis (used for hiking uphill) and we’re now ready to point our tips down the mountain. But wait a minute: This looks steep. The powder is deep. What about avalanches? We trust that our mountain guide […]
Camping in October in Switzerland’s mountains is always a hit-or-miss thing. We had hoped to circle Chamossaire, the prominent peak right in front of our windows in Leysin. But the campsites were covered in 10cm of fresh, wet snow. Not ideal for a crew of camping newbies, many from such warm-weather home countries as Mexico. […]
Last spring’s Qualifying Journeys for the International Award offered up a few great reports, but the prize for the most entertaining goes to Anna, Rufina, Vasilina, and friends. Dance along with them in this 3-minute 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 […]
Last weekend a record number of LAS students went hiking and camping in pursuit of their International Awards. Twenty-two students hoisted backpacks full of sleeping bags, tents, stoves, and tents before hiking several kilometers to the Friday night campsite near Pierre de Möellé, located between Tour de Famelon and Mont d’Or, two of our prized […]
This post originally appeared in Panorama Magazine 2016. View the piece here on the LAS Blog.