Switzerland: Who said adventure was just for the Scouts?

Day 1: High-ropes and these aren’t just any high-ropes but death defying zip-wires over a gorge!

Challenge 1: The high-rope course across the gorge.

All smiles! (until we look down!)

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Don’t look down!

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Who can spot Gill? She said someone had to stay on the ground to look after the bags…..hmm

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All made it across the the first section!

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and the massively unsupported section in the middle, over the gorge.

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Some of the guides abseiled down to see if the leaders were ok…below.

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Proudly making the last section of the high-ropes.

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And because we are guides, the death-defying high-ropes over the gorge wasn’t a challenge enough! Time to abseil from the bridge.

Challenge 2: The abseil down from the bridge.

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Safety checks done! Now to climb over the barrier!

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New profile picture I think…..

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Now for Rachel to face her challenge (such a flattering angle!)

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Challenge Number 3 –   Zipwire across the Gorge

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Rachel all ready to jump!

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Now time for Francesca to make the leap!

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What’s that I hear you cry….is it a bird? No! …..Is it a plane? No!…It must be a 1st Henley Guide!

 

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All action packed out…now to hike back to the Chalet.

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Some of us make friends on the way home…..

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While others…accidentally knock the head off our new friend!

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Oh no Francesca has found another “interesting” river feature!

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The hike back is worth it for the views….

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…and the four leaf clover we found. Lets hope it brings lots of good luck for the rest of the trip and beyond.

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Switzerland: Arriving in the sun, but not for long!

 

After the longest 24 hours in history, confined to a small seat, with very little leg room….

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We arrive and its sunny! The girls make themselves at home.

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Gill phones home…what a view!

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We decided to go for a walk and explore the town, but the heavens open and out come the waterproofs!

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Rachel feeling left out as the rest of our unit just happens to have a Geography related degree. She’s pretending to have one too! (at least she looks the part!)

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Francesca (being a flood risk analyst) thought this river was the best thing ever! We all had a lesson on the different river courses and the second one being a braided river channel.

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Back to our Chalet just in time for the rain to stop and a rainbow to come out… beautiful!

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Switzerland: 24 hour Coach Journey

One hour in and the leaders are already getting restless….and hungry!

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while others…..

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pose … trying to get some sleep!

After a: 40 minute ferry journey; a chorus of the sound of music; two toilet stops; breakfast stop; Singing along to the whole of Frozen (and that was just one of our leaders!); the whole of Ice age 3,

Finally we see some mountains….which only means one thing! We are nearly there…

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SWITZERLAND!

Henley Guides pack for Switzerland!

After nearly three years in planning…since at a unit leaders meeting over drinks, when Switzerland was suggested. We finally set off in August 2014!

Packing took much longer than anticipated…you think a family holiday is tough, try packing for every eventuality and 10 children.

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Then many hours later…

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Packing for every natural disaster and incident!

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We were finally ready for our (almost) 24 hour coach journey!