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The Haute Route 2015

After weeks of training and preparation, the departure day was finally there! On March 20th, Jeanne, Marie, Anthony, Arnaud, Mattéo, their sports teacher, Mr. Schonne and a mountain guide tackled the challenge of the Haute Route: hiking with skis from Chamonix to Zermatt in 7 days, a total of 90km (5500m D + and 8000m D-).

That weekend, the group left Argentière to climb up to Champex. With the poor weather conditions, students were faced with the harsh mountain elements. The strong winds, snow and challenging route reinforced the students' commitment, mutual support and cohesion.

The adventure continued a few days later with the remaining route from Verbier to Zermatt which was to take 5 days. The group left on the day of the “Extreme de Verbier” and climbed up to the White Rosa, mythical stage of the glacier patrol where they spent the night at the Prafleuri hut. The next day our skiers rallied the Grande Dixence dam to end the race at the Dix hut. With winds reaching peaks of 130 km/h and strong snow falls, the group had to abandon the idea of ​​making it to the summit of Luette.

  • La Haute Route 2015
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  • La Haute Route 2015

On the 4th day, heavy snowfalls significantly increased the avalanches danger, climbers were forced to divert to a safer route, by going up to Arolla where the decision was taken to stop the expedition. Students were able to partake in five of the seven day expedition.

"The expedition was very well prepared: students were motivated, physically ready and very cooperative. They loved the breath-taking panorama and certainly learnt a lot about themselves and the mountains. They returned home full of emotion and a head full of images! They must have caught the mountain virus because they were quick to ask me when we will return to finish the expedition! I would like to thank all members of the Collège who made this ambitious project possible", said Samy Schonne.

Will there be a Haute Route expedition next year?

To be continued...

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