‘SnIce the Dream’
On Monday the 18th July a group of seven Americans and five Dutch led by Jemma SnIce and Mick SnIce departed Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC) on a Snow and Ice Combo course.
KISC offers four different snow and ice course, the glacier workshop, ice climbing workshop, the combo course and the snow and ice expedition. The snow and ice courses aim to give the guests the chance to experience a new kind of mountaineering, which they may not have had the opportunity to try elsewhere. The snow and ice courses challenge the guests both physically and mentally with many participants having to overcome both physical limitations or fear of heights. Jimmy 18 from Massachusetts, USA described the hike to the Fründenhütte (2562m), as ‘tough going on the way up, but the view from the hut was awesome’.
The combo course combines the glacier workshop and the ice-climbing workshop. The group left the centre at 0730 in the morning and reached the hut by lunch time. After a quick feed the group headed straight onto the glacier to learn the basics of glacier travel, crevasse rescue and ice axe arrest techniques. Johan from the Netherlands described the glacier workshop as ‘a phenomenal experience which he could not have had at home as the Netherlands only has hills’. The group also got a chance to experience life in a mountain hut including dinner and a good nights sleep as everyone was in bed by 2030 to recover before ice climbing the next morning.
After an early breakfast the group headed back on to the glacier to learn the basic techniques of ice climbing. After a couple of hours of trying out these new skills and having a bit of fun trying to climb without ice axes they headed back to the hut. As everyone knows the weather in Kandersteg can be very changeable which meant the group got to experience the kanderplod in the rain, this didn’t stop them from experiencing the soft ice at lake Oeschinensee.
Upon return to the centre there was a great buzz about the new skills which the group had learnt and Cory 17 from Massachusetts, USA said ‘that his friends would not believe what he had done this summer’.
Written by Jemma SnIce and Mick SnIce02.08.2011