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60 Jahre Jubileum. Friday, 17th April 2009
I first came to Kandersteg in 1949 (yes, 1949) with a group of teen climbers from 1st Bradford West Troop (oldest catholic Scout Troop in the world!) - Jim Murray, Michael Ingham, James Dorsett and leader Joss Tettey. We climbed and climbed!!
Next year was 1950 (Holy Year), and our troop made a pilgrimage to Rome (see KISC history for more details). I preferred to climb and did a course with bergführer Fritz Ogi (a famous local alpine guide).
The experience of Kandersteg and the then named Pfadfinderheim so influenced me (aged 16 years) that I decided: 1) To climb Everest; 2) Study german; 3) Marry a Swiss girl. I did 2 and 3... but in 1953 I climbed in Andes instead (1958-1963).
I came back during a visit to my son, Rev. Murray of Wald. Many changes, but mountains are the same! So thank you all for a wonderful warm Scouting reception, and greetings from 1st Bradford West Troop (founded about 1910!).
Jim Murray (UK)
PS: Thanks to his visit right during the production of our upcoming KISC History Book, Jim got the chance to take a look at some historical pictures and found there photos of his Troop at KISC in the '50s! Before his departure, the Centre presented to Jim a copy of this picture with greetings to the 1st Bradford Scout Troop.