Switzerland & France Expedition:
Stories from the Field
Trams, Trains, Gondolas and Zipping through Switzerland
July 25, 2015
Our time in Switzerland is wrapping up, and we’ve really packed in the fun! Our first day started with a gondola ride up to First, a nearby tall peak with views of Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger peaks in the background. After a hike up to an alpine lake, we took three methods of descending the mountain: zipline, hike, and scooter! The final adventure of the day was an excellent and inspiring presentation by our Nat Geo expert, Keith Ladzinski.
Last Days Adventuring in France
July 12, 2015
After wrapping up our Swiss adventure at the mighty Matterhorn, our group continued on to France to meet Keith Ladzinski, our Nat Geo expert. Keith has already been busy inspiring this next generation of adventure photographers! During our first days, we ventured into Mer de Glace, a glacier that has been receding dramatically over the last 150 years and where European alpinists and tourists blend together to explore the ice and the surrounding peaks. Led by expert mountain guides, the group split into smaller groups and “hiked down” to the moraine using climbing ladders that allowed us to get to the ice sheet. Once on the glacier, the groups visited ice caves and glacier rivers where we practiced ice hiking with crampons and ice climbing with piolets. To finish the day we hiked to the mountain chalet where will spent the next 2 days exploring the higher peaks of the French and Italian alps!
Four Days in the Swiss Alps
July 31, 2014
After dinner tonight the group was discussing how much we’ve experienced in just four full days here. The first morning, the group did a “photo boot camp,” learning about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and taking photos using all manual settings. After our class time we took a tramway up into the clouds and hiked to an alpine hut. The weather was stormy, with curtains of rain and wind, but also occasional open skies and views to the glacier and waterfalls over dark cliffs. The students took full advantage of the weather, experimenting with slow shutter speeds and flowing water, as well as small apertures and wide panoramas.