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Global Campus Expedition to Les Martinets: Day 3

13 June 2017

Walking across Glacier 3000 plus breath-taking views of Matterhorn and Mont Blanc in the Swiss Alps

  • Global Campus Expedition to Les Martinets: Day 3
  • Global Campus Expedition to Les Martinets: Day 3
  • Global Campus Expedition to Les Martinets: Day 3
  • Global Campus Expedition to Les Martinets: Day 3

We woke to another beautiful morning – we are having great weather luck this week.  Group A waved goodbye as they headed off for their two day/one night mountain hike. Their bags were neatly packed with their wet weather gear and thermals so they are ready for any climates changes, rain or shine. All the ingredients for the night’s chickpea curry dinner were shared out amongst the group as they are responsible for cooking their own dinner up in the mountains that night. There was lots of excitement in the group as they set off on their adventure.

Group B set off on their day trip to Glacier 3000 (click to read more). After a short bus ride, we arrived at the mountain base. It was incredible to look up and see the mountain disappearing into puffs of clouds. We met our expert guides and got kitted out with harness belts and carabineers. Then we took the gondola up the mountain, right through the clouds! The view was breath-taking at the top, with the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc mountains crystal clear in front of us.

Our guides were fantastic and told us how the Alps were formed from the collision of the Eurasian and African plates. Did you know that the rocks of the Alps were once the sea floor of the African plate?! Our guides have found sea shells there before. We looked for fossils and shells but didn’t find any this time!

At the top, we strapped on our snow shoes and clipped in together in a straight line to walk across to the other side of the glacier. It was a challenge walking across the snow but worth it for the view and everyone helped each other. We picnicked with a view of the Alps stretching as far as the eye could see. We all agreed it was a great experience.

We returned to our chalet in the evening for dinner and games. Tomorrow Group B are looking forward to visiting the cheese and chocolate factory and to greeting our friends in Group A when they return after lunch.

Eimear McKernan
Trip Co-Leader to Les Martinets