Sun and snow in Saas Grund
Senior School geographers explore Saas Grund
36 Lower Fifth and Middle Fifth pupils set off on an adventure that would take them to the Swiss Alps, one of Europe’s most spectacular regions.
Middle Fifth Former Sam Mullen reported on the trip at the end of the summer term.
After an arduous 22-hour journey, they arrived at the sleepy alpine village of Saas Grund and were immediately welcomed by limitless Swiss hospitality in the fantastic Hotel Adler. Following a bubble car journey to Kreuzboden, we had our first jaw dropping view of the Swiss mountains: views that would remain consistently stunning throughout the trip, whether we were in the picturesque Eggishorn (2,900 metres above sea level), gazing at the mindboggling Aletsch Glacier, exploring the town of Zermatt or simply trying to comprehend the awesome extent and history of the world-famous Matterhorn mountain.
Particular highlights included the incredibly steep Funicular railway to Sunnegga, swimming in the Leisee, a mountain lake overlooking the Matterhorn, exploring the tragic history of early mountaineers, the thermally heated aquatic park at Brigerbad and (of course) the exhilarating ‘luges’ – a mountain-style rollercoaster that rushed through the forests of Saas Fee at terrifying speeds.
The trip was absolutely fantastic. Not only did we learn an enormous amount about glaciers and alpine tradition, especially through Mr Davidson’s daily briefings, we also came away with a clear appreciation of the power and beauty of nature.
Furthermore, the week offered an opportunity to strengthen friendship bonds and develop memories to last a lifetime. Thanks to all the staff involved and especially to Mrs Sail for her fantastic organisation.