Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure

 
Trek on the paths of medieval pilgrims; reflect on the impact of National Socialism juxtaposed with the natural beauty and romantic lore of the Alps; lookout on the world from 10,000 feet; swim in glacial lakes; explore turrets and dungeons of castles; walk through ice caves and gorges filled with waterfalls; and traverse a Stone Sea. Join with local students to tell their history of the Alpine Solstice Celebration and produce a museum-destined video documentary.
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
Interested in World War II history, medieval castles, alpine vistas, and mountain lore? Then lace up your hiking boots, strap on a backpack, and come explore the Bavarian and Austrian Alps! Our program will begin in the "Deutsche Ecke" or "German Corner" in the Berchtesgaden National Park in Germany and conclude in the connected mountains of Austria’s Salzburgerland. This trip will combine the disciplines of cultural, political, and natural history with outdoor leadership and documentary filmmaking.
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
2022 Travel Program - Alpine Lore, History, and Adventure
Visiting Berchtesgaden and the Obersalzburg will set the group deep into the historical origins of the Nazi regime with Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest looming above. Traveling into the Salzburg and Pinzgau region of Austria, we will visit castles HohenWerfen and Hohensalzburg Festung and encounter the rich medieval history of the 12th-century Investiture Controversy. We will be joined by local Austrian students from the Gymnasium Saalfelden to hike up and over the Stone Sea from Germany into Austria, spending our evenings in mountain huts and exploring the unique geology of the land, the flora and fauna it yields, and the myths and lore that continue to influence alpine culture today.
 
Also known as St. John’s Eve, Sonnenwende is a local Christian tradition dating back to the region’s pagan Celtic origins, marking both the midsummer’s day and the solstice. We will celebrate in the mountains with bonfires and festivities and then live and work at Gymnasium Saalfelden.
 
Simultaneously, students will participate in Lawrenceville’s experiential Harkness Travel Leadership curriculum that emphasizes intentional student research contributions to the experience. It includes rotating daily responsibilities such as leader of the day, navigator, journalist, photo-journalist, logistics coordinator, resource manager, etc. This process will develop individual authenticity and important collaborative skills like communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and decision-making. As a group, students will be required to care for one another and work together as they address the challenges that come in the backcountry and in communal living. They will be asked to reflect on their roles and their place within the group and how their individual actions and decisions can impact the whole in both positive and negative ways. Time for journaling will allow for a mindful exploration of self and place- based insights as well as critical analysis of the historic and environmental elements of the program.
 
From the high shrills of the marmot, to the silent presence of the mountain goats, to fields of flowers and deep carved chasms, the region is filled with natural beauty. If this type of adventure sounds exciting, then this is the trip for you!

Sign-Up Instructions

Participation for all Lawrenceville Harkness Travel Programs is dependent upon a review of student applications, Head of House/Advisor recommendations, medical fitness for participation, and financial and disciplinary standing. Seniority and gender balance is also considered in the selection process. Application to this program is not considered complete until both of the following items have been submitted:

Head of House/Day Advisor Recommendation must be completed and submitted to Louise Wright by Monday, November 1, 2021.

Application Survey must be completed by Monday, November 1, 2021.

Dates

June 9 - 24, 2022

Costs

$4,800

Program Leaders

Michael Hanewald
History Teacher and Associate Director of the Harkness Travel Program
 
John Hughes
Director of Experiential Education
 
Jessica Pine
History Teacher

Student Expectations

This trip will be physically rigorous. Students will be required to carry 35+ lb. backpacks holding both personal and group gear as we hike between four-seven hours a day on the 5-day trek through the Stone Sea.
 
The weather in the Austrian mountains can be quite variable, with hot weather in the 80’s to potential snow showers. You will need to pack for all weather scenarios. The trails in the Alps are rocky and steep, so the hiking will range from moderate to strenuous. There will also be stream crossings and snow and scree field navigation.
 
Other outdoor activities will include biking, touring ice-caves and glaciers, swimming in a lake and/or pool, and possibly riding an alpine slide.

Pre-Trip Work

There will be regular meetings and preparatory homework during the Winter and Spring terms to prepare for the expedition, including a MANDATORY training on April 15-16, 2022.

Target Student Population

This trip is open to II-IV Formers. Students must be able to hike up to seven hours per day, carrying their own backpacks through varied terrain. Maturity and fitness will be used in the selection process to create the best possible backcountry team. All participants will attend regular winter and spring term orientation meetings, including a mandatory spring training hike on April 15-16, 2022.

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