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Tuesday, 24 September 2019

News of the 100s (Year 7) trip to the French Alps

News from the 100s trip to CIS Val Cenis, Lanslebourg, in the French Alps

The 100s year group (Year 7) have been having a fantastic time on their trip to the ski and mountain resort of Val Cenis situated in the Haute-Maurienne region of the French Alps, close to the Italian border.

We set off early last Thursday morning for a flight from Manchester to Geneva. After a beautiful coach journey up the valley we arrived at the large ski centre that we have to ourselves. After supper, we settled into our rooms and looked forward to the challenging days ahead. With a large outside area with a basketball court, an area for touch rugby, an area for boules , a small playground and an outdoor swimming pool as well as table tennis areas and a lounge indoors there is plenty to do in any down time.

On Friday morning, we were taken by coach on a short journey up the valley for an excellent mountain biking session. The terrain was challenging but with top of the range bikes everyone was able to push themselves to their limit, once we had got used to the brakes being the opposite way around to what we are used to.

The afternoon provided another challenge in the form of rock climbing. With pairs belaying a climber, everyone had lots of climbs up the difficult routes.

On Saturday morning we packed our rucksacks and headed off on a trek up the mountain to a refuge that was to be our home for the night. After a packed lunch we headed up from the refuge to a height of about 2,400m. We learned all about Marmottes, Chamois, vultures and eagles and amazingly managed to see all of them. We had a lovely evening meal back in the refuge around the log burner and settled down for the night.

On Sunday we trekked back to the centre and had an enjoyable afternoon relaxing and taking a refreshing dip in the pool.

On Monday we visited the fascinating Forts de L’Esseillon where we had a guided tour and learned all about the interesting history of the Savoie region of France. The huge fort is very well maintained and a very impressive piece of engineering.  We walked down the steep slope to the bridge over the river where, on the other side, we had a picnic at the GO Ape style adventure park. I then set off for the airport to return to Abberley as Mr Lockett made his way in the opposite direction. After lunch an afternoon was spent on the adventure park on high ropes amongst the trees.

Today the group have visited Susa. They travelled over the mountain pass seeing the Maurienne Glacier and Lac Cenis as they passed over the border into Italy. The morning was spent looking around the Italian market and spending some euros before lunch was had in the amphitheatre whilst listening to Mrs Dobson-Morris bringing Gladiators back to life. The group then walked past the triumphal arch raised by Augustus and then found statue of the man himself. After a visit to a gelatario everyone returned to the centre for more outside activities.

The group return on Saturday and have more excitement over the coming days.

N Richardson

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