28 June - 02 July 2019: Come back to the mountain for Aiglon's 70th. Visit our site for more details.
This weekend Year 8 students had the opportunity to choose from two unique expedition routes.
Both options were high in the mountains but offered two carefully selected challenges: a high and technically difficult route, or a longer but less technical route.
The high mountain route required focus, concentration and a good head for heights. They had to negotiate steep rock, ladders and cables and six hours of walking and scrambling. Although they were on a rope and were looked after by mountain guides they had to work together in teams of three and four to concentrate and communicate the entire time. They climbed three different summits, two just short of 3000m: the Petite Chevalet, Grande Chevalet and the highest point, the Point Du Drone.
The rewarding skyline featured views above the Grand St Bernards Pass with the chance to see Mount Blanc and beyond!
Although it was a tough day the students were on fine form and excellent company throughout- not a moan! The group included Sophie, Joy, Elin, Adrian, Saul, Lucas and Toi.
Those on the second route were actually on the mountain for a similar length of time. They climbed the Col du Chevaux at 2750m and then descended a spectacular path into a beautiful alpine valley, a walk of around 10km!
The group was excellent company, and although they found it tough, they coped fantastically and were so proud of themselves. They also managed to pick loads of blaeberries for breakfast pancakes! This group included Konoha, Minnie, Stacey, Hiroshi, Andrea and Victoria.
All the students should be congratulated as they chose their challenge level well, and extended a fine performance!
About Louise Thomas
Mrs Thomas is Aiglon's Head of Junior Expeditions and Activity Coordinator. She is one of just six British female international mountain guides. Before joining Aiglon she spent 18 years working at the National Mountain Centre, Plas y Brenin, in Wales becoming its first female Chief Instructor. Today, she enjoys the intricacy of rock climbing and training her students in this passion.