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CHIEF SCOUTS CHALLENGE PROJECT

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The Chef Scouts Challenge This is a special challenge from the chief scout to all scouts aged 14 - 15 and a half.†As one of a team of four to five scouts you are challenged to plan and take part in a three day expedition in unfamiliar country to carry out a project. Your team must be entirely self sufficient throughout the three days, carrying your own tents, food and being able to cope with your own first aid.†

To make our expedition more interesting we decided to do it whilst on summer camp in Kandersteg.†The first day we walked up and over to Adelboden, then on the second day down to Frutigen, before finally returning to Kandersteg on the last day.



Log Book Day 1
3 / 7 / 1990
  
07:30 (ish) - Meaths Leaked half mile from camp
07:57 - Nothing much happened.
08:03 - Arrived at bottom of cable car
08:10 - Arrived at top of cable car
SORTING THE LEAKY BOTTLE
AT THE CHEESERY LOOKING UP TO THE POINT WE CROSS THE RIDGE

09:00 - Filled water bottles at Chesery, camera batteries ran out but I have spares, need the lav.
09:40 - Surrounded by rowdy cows but Jem removes them from the path.  Spot a bull so we leg it!
10:03 - I'm totally shattered and its getting steeper
10:38 - Now I'm really knackered but we are nearly there.
11:02 - At the ridge, Jem gets an 11 second echo

11:50 - We left a letter with Andy for the rest of troop, here we leave our guide Andy J.  The letter reads:

To All At 3rd GP

Im knackered
He's Knackered
The other two are very knackered
Good laugh getting up here [Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha]

Hope to see the rangers at Guide Chalet, how's Faiths back, Jills Foot, Martins head and Alan Tench?
Has Bosun Grown yet? Has Russel grown up yet?
Tick Here if knackered

Jill Yes
Ann Its worse than that, I'm dead
Jenny
Karen Yes
Faith [if she makes it] No Sill in bead!
Esther
Martin
Russel
Velcro 
Alex
James Yes knackered!
David
Alan M
Barry
Billy [Alan T.]
Malcom
Thank you all for making us get up this early, we will get you all later.  Rangers look after our patrols.

See you all later
      The Boys

PS. Bring back letter so we can all have a good laugh!

 
ON THE RIDGE NEAR BUNDERSPITS
LUNCH STOP BY WATER TROUGH
11:50 - The pot- noodles nearly exploded under the the air pressure, we could use them as a pressure gauge?
12:00 - We left top of ridge after Craig went to the toilet
12:20 - Dan stacks it but not as well as Craig's earlier attempts.
12:40 - Lunch going down
12:53 - Dan stops for the toilet and Mark smells like a very ill cow.
13:05 - Mark falls over.
13:24 - Craig drops his tent.
13:44 - Clean drinkable water at last, Craig drops water on chicken, chicken deserved it because of the amount of mud on it.
14:10 - Jem and Mark stop for toilet, Craig is beginning to feel ill and very tired.
15:00 - Long talk with old man about the way.
15:27 - First Sight of river.
15:30 - Arrived, completely knackered on grass at campsite.  Hooray and sing for joy!
DAN & MARKS HURRICANE
I CAN SMELL SWISS CHEESE

The campsite warden isn't very helpful.  Its unbelievable.  She charged us 21F for 1 night, 2 tents for four people.  We even managed to haggle off 1F from 2F even though she didn't like it.

Mark's spelling is completely naff.

My legs are so burnt you could fry an egg on them.  You can see where the flies have bitten me - Mark.


Traveled 13km
Walked up 721m in 3km
Walked down 1255m
In 08:00 - 3:30pm  That's 7hrs 30 Min including 30mins break

It was an extremely hot day (32 degrees C) We are all burning red, relieved to be inside my sleeping bag once again.  Dinner was our own recipe, its called Adelboden Stew.

1 Part tinned Beef Stew
1 Part tinned Irish Stew
1 Part tinned Spaghetti

20:00 In tent totally knackered!

SLEEPS
CRAIG SLEEPS
 
Log Book Day 2
4 / 7 / 1990
  

07:55 - Woke up late but were not disappointed
08:05 - Got up
09:52 - Site Clear, ready to leave after bathing in sun lotion factor 120
10:00 - Left at 09:00, cleared campsite of Craig's mess

STOP TO LOOK AT RIVER
THE TRIO

10:28 Stopped because my rucksack was too heavy, more so than yesterday.  Gave weight to Jem.
10:50 - Paused for drink and to look at canyon, Average speed 7 Kmph ??
11:12 - We saw a new road tunnel that was not on map, 130m Long
11:20 - Stopped for water
11:52 - More water and some chocolate

13:42 - Frutigen in site, 1 hour away, campsite 2 hours away.
13:50 - Jem twists his ankle and Craig stop s for the toilet.
14:05 - By sign for Frutigen (right) have had lunch bread and cheese

THE OUTSKIRTS OF FRUTIGEN
CARDINAL COLA

14:25 - Brought four colas in super market, stopped for ten minutes to drink colas.
15:25 - We arrived after asking for directions
Mark is owned 15.35 Francs
Went swimming, cost us two francs each.  On way back from pool saw a copy of British Daily Mirror.  Headline says if Iraq doesn't pull out of Kuwait then we are at War.  Who is Iraq and why are they in bed with Kuwait?  We are away for one week and in that time a war has started?

Campsite is much better and cheaper than other one.  Also the warden isn't unhelpful like the other lady was.  We were not happy about having to purchase bread and chocolate from her.  Three young ladies have just turned up so I will leave it here.
19:15 - Craig really is smelling bad.

MIRROR IN FRUTIGEN
THE RIVER IN FRUTIGEN
APPROACHING THE CAMPSITE
OUR CORNER OF A FOREIGN FIELD

19:14 - Jems arm burnt on Craig's choc 'n' orange [my last one]
I was so tired today, two more girls have just walked by. Was all down hill today, before we knew it, Frutigen was 50 minutes away!
19:15 - Jems digestion is making some bad smells too.

THE CHOCOLATE FRIDGE
DRINKING MELTED CHOCOLATE

19:15 - Went swimming this afternoon, it was very hot. Alan Tench would have liked it.

At this point a wasp landed on the log book and we squashed it!

19:31 - Ok, so this hike food is playing havoc with our digestion. Dan has just blasted the second Lotschenberg tunnel.

This campsite is practically in the river.  We tried solidifying Dan's and Marks chocolate in the river.  Instead I just drank it whilst Craig threw incomprehensible insults at me.
Craig "Einstein" the 3rd has just discovered the laws of Meths and water not burning together. Now Craig wont wash up!  Now he has just taken his stuff and not mine. Now he has just walked back, done no washing up, not even his own and appears to be smoking an oily rag?!  His excuse was that there were some girls down there and he didn't want to look a complete prat holding stuff to be washed up.  What a plonker - MH & JJ

Mark Owes Dan 1.50F and Jem digestion is still suffering.

DAN DOES DINNER
OUR JELLY FRIDGE
 
WAITING FOR THE JELLY TO COOL
JEM GIVES UP AND EATS THE JELLY RAW
DODGEY DINNER

The corned beef hash looks like someone has been ill and tastes of nothing in particular.
17:15 - Dan makes the Jelly, Jem and CD play with some tea.

Log Book Day 3
5 / 7 / 1990
  

7:15 - Get up quick
8:35 - Left Camp
8:45 - Left site

LEAVEING FRUTIGEN
KANDERGRUND SIGN

09:30 - Stop at Kandergrund sign for Kandersteg = 2hrs 40 Mins
09:38 - Stop for Kendal Mint cake
10:05 - Stopped in shade
10:50 - Water Stop

WATER STOP BY KANDER
WATER TROUGH PLUG
A SWISS BARN
OUR FEET

11:40 - Stopped just outside Kandersteg, we are roughly 2km away from camp site, going up steep hill!
11:55 - Kandersteg Station

 

12:25 - Arrive back at Kandersteg Scout Campsite.
Got back to camp. We can just about count on one hand how many new friends the Rangers have made.

BY THE MUD PIT

Home at last, what a slog that was - we thought we had a busy couple of days but the Rangers!!!  Anyway, were off to see the Danish and Irish Girls tonight. - CD

KANDERSTEG AT LAST
AT CAMPSITE ENTRANCE

Mark is obviously knackered. He has just fell on a deck chair and completely collapsed it.  An illness is going around camp, I caught it of Craig and gave it to Martin.

The Power Behind The Ice

Snow gathers in the shelter of the mountains and turns to ice.
The ice is compressed under its own weight.  As it is compressed it moves and erodes the back of the Corrie.

The weight of the ice pushes the glacier up over the lip smoothening the rock underneath.  As the ice bends over the lip crevasses appear.

In winter the Swiss glaciers are covered in snow, in summer it can melt leaving the ice exposed.

This picture taken on a Group day hike to the Kanderfirn shows the glacier breaking into large crevasses as is moved over a lip to the lower valley

Here the Scouts are standing on a safe part of the glacier although the Scouts seem to be inspecting a large fracture.  The ice is black, partly due to pollution and partly due to all the natural stones and grit in it.  1990 had seen a warm dry July so no snow is covering the ice.

A lot of corries or cirques no longer have glaciers in them.  At the deepest part the ice has gouged a bowl and the lip often forms a dam which holds back a lake. Examples of this can be found in Britain.  This is Oeschenesee near Kanderseg.  Dave and his green mac are on the dam and you can see the steep back wall behind him.

Pyramidal Peeks

Pyramid peeks are mountains that have been worn down to a sharp peek by years of glacial erosion.  This page will explain this process.

OK... NOT QUITE

If three or more corries form around a peek they will all slowly erode back into it.

  

As the three glacial corries erode back into the mountain over millions of years, the sides get steeper and steeper.

The photo far left is of the Doldenhorn's pyramid peek at dawn.

 

Eventually the three glaciers erode so far back into the mountain that only a sharp needle like peek is left.

This photo shows the Hockenhorn which is a sharper peek than the Doldenhorn.

 
Moraines

When two Glaciers erode back against the same mountain or along parallel valleys they form a sharp edge of rock between them.  This edge is known as an arÍte as in the diagram below.

Moraines are ridges of boulders left by glaciers as they recede.  There are two main types of moraine, lateral and terminal.

Terminal moraines are found at the furthest extremity of a Glaciers reach and comprise of any rocks or boulders that the glacier pushed down a valley.

Lateral moraines are left along the edge of valleys as glaciers recede and are made of any rocks that fell of the valley side and then became frozen in the ice.  In the picture on the left we have a literal moron (Dave) and a third of the way down the picture on the right hand side a lateral moraine.  In the picture on the right we are walking along the same lateral moraine.

Frost Shattering

WATER COLLECTS IN CRACK
WATER FREEZES AND EXPANDS

FORCE OF ICE EXPANDING BREAKS ROCK
Frost shattering is one of the most common forms of ice erosion in the alps.  Most scree is formed by water freezing in cracks in the rock over night. 
Ice flows through glaciers very slowly, if markers are placed in a line on glaciers and there positions re measured months later, the markers near the middle of the glacier are always found to have moved further.  The ice moves faster in the middle of a glacier. 
Glaciers erode soft rock faster than hard rock.  If a glacier moves from hard to soft rock it normally creates a sharp step in the valley floor.