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The Ice Saints put a strong dose of adventure into our first International Award Bronze Adventurous Journey at LAS. The snow started flying as we hiked out of the Fishbowl on May 15 and was 10cm deep by the time we reached our campsite at Solacyre. Cold wet fingers didn't help as we set up our tents in the storm and crawled into sleeping bags to warm up before dinner. Fortunately, the snowfall tapered off as we stood around a campfire and cooked pasta. Wind replaced snow during the night, making it hard to sleep with all the tents flapping hour after hour. Our big break came in the morning, when the sun burned off the clouds and we resumed hiking. Our planned route on a trail across steep west-facing alpine meadows was buried in snow, so we adapted to conditions by hiking east-facing slopes that the sun rapidly melted. Finally we returned to the Fishbowl tired and happy, where we spread out wet tents and bags to dry. The man with the microphone in the photos is Felix Betzin, a podcaster from Germany who covered our journey. Great job everyone! You've experience nature at her most capricious. You took it all in great stride and are clearly born adventurers all!
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International Award Adventurous Journey Bronze May 2015
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Our first practice Adventurous Journey for the Bronze Award was literally washed out, as torrential rains and some lightning was forecast. So we delayed a weekend and enjoyed dry camping instead. The first day we wrapped around Leysin to reach a wooded campsite next to a stream. Fireside conversations lasted well into the night, but the next day we rose early to hike into the valley of the Grand d' Eau, then up the other side to trails and gravel roads that led down, down, and down some more until Aigle. A few of us had wanted to hike back up to Leysin, but that cog railway became way too tempting....
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International Award Practice Journey Bronze May 2015
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Bronze Award Practice Adventurous Journey May 2015
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The 8th grade autumn cultural trip to Crans Montana featured orienteering, hiking in the snow, biking down steep wet hills, an adventure park ropes course, and more. See the photos at the Outdoor Adventures at LAS Community.

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LAS students climb the Dents du Midi!

The ancient Celtic weather gods smiled on us this year, allowing a mass LAS “conquest” of the most beautiful peak on our horizon: the Dents du Midi. The mountain is called the “teeth of noon” because its ragged summit dominates the southern skyline of villages on Lake Geneva. On Saturday we hiked five hours uphill to a mountain hut, where we slept like sardines on long wooden bunk beds. The alarm went off at 5:40 am for breakfast and the climb to the summit.  From the top we could clearly see Leysin nestled below its own distinctive peaks.  All told, we ascended almost 2,000 meters from the car to the summit. Then came the hard part: down, down, and down some more. But it was a fantastic experience we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. And now every time we look at that big peak to the south, we’ll smile and remember the day when we stood on top!
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Dents du Midi LAS ascent September 2014
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Souvenirs from Chamonix. The classroom and hiking scenes are from the Supervisors and Assessors training sessions for the International Award, which took place in early October 2014.
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International Award training in Chamonix 2014
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Escaping the Dragon on the Moiry Glacier

A mere couple of centuries ago Europeans believed that glaciers were dragons that wanted to eat people. Last weekend six world citizen students climbed inside the jaws of an ice dragons and clawed their way back out again, thanks to modern ice axes, crampons, and a strong safety rope. The Moiry Glacier is a learner’s paradise, where solid ice awaits a mere half-hour from the car door. We spent the morning learning how to walk with spikes on our feet and how to chop steps into ice, and the afternoon lowering into a steep-walled crevasse to learn what it feels like to climb vertical ice. The Moiry Hut is a spectacular blend of old and modern architecture thanks to a recent renovation and served as the perfect basecamp for Sunday’s climb of Pigne de la Lé (3396m). From the summit we had clear views to the Dents du Midi (our excursion two weeks earlier) and, much closer, the north face of the Matterhorn itself. The weather couldn’t have been better and the climbers couldn’t have been happier or prouder.
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Moiry Glacier 27 September 2014
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Here's why we do the International Award (in two minutes):

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Adventurous Journey scouting hike with Andie Flett and John Harlin
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LAS Adventurous Journey Hike to La Crevasse
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