Six Days of Adventure

Sunday, 08. June 2014

by Daniel Davis Wood

Waiting for a break in the weather may have led us to squeeze this year’s Six-Day Hike into the latest possible departure window, but we all went off into the mountains last Sunday and reconvened in the Grossen Saal tonight to hear stories and see pictures from each of the hike groups.

There were a dozen hike groups in total, with students embarking on rugged journeys to destinations in the Alps, in Ticino, and across the border in Italy. For our more adventurous students, the Skitouring Hike provided an opportunity to enjoy the snow one last time this academic year, while sick and injured students were able to stay on the Ecole campus and participate in the Farm Hike, helping to build and cultivate the school’s vegetable gardens.

From practising yoga exercizes on an Alpine mountaintop to getting washed out by a nighttime thunderstorm, from pitching tents on the property of a friendly Italian Buddhist to exploring unusual rock formations marked with prehistoric carvings, from being joined by friendly fellow hikers on the trail to picking a path through a herd of noisy runaway cows, our students brought back a range of colorful stories and a love of the many unpredictable experiences they faced during their time away from the classroom.

A gallery featuring photographs from a couple of the hikes is now available here, and more pictures will be added to it as they trickle in.