The sun has been shining on West Bridgford Explorers since they arrived on Saturday and they’ve certainly been making the most of the weather and the fantastic surroundings.
Monday saw the group split into 3 for a series of 2-day expeditions. The first group took on the Lotchenpass Hike which takes them up the Gasterntal valley to Selden from KISC before climbing a thousand metres to the Lotchenpass Hut which sits at the top of the pass at 2690m. The second group did the Hockenhorn Hike where the group stay at the Lotchenpass hut overnight before hiking and climbing up Hockenhorn which sits at a height of 3293m. The hike has a height gain of 200m over the 2 days! Both of these groups had a brilliant time up in the mountains taking in the views and being made to do lots of silly things by the KISC staff!
The other third of the group went on the Snow and Ice Expedition where after taking the bus up Gasterntal Valley, they hiked over the Kanderfirn Glacier to the Muttornhutte, their overnight stop! It was a great chance for the group to learn some new skills with roping up a necessity and everyone using their Ice Axes on some of the steeper parts over the 2 days!
The Scouts from Nottingham also went mountain biking on Sunday taking on some of the steep tracks up to the viewpoint, Hoh, which looks over Kandersteg Village (although apparently the downhills afterwards made it worth it). They have also been up to Oeschinensee with no hesitation about swimming in the freezing cold lake, although some of them suffered from the cold when they were out of the chilly water later on, all made better by a hot chocolate though!