These courses are designed for large teams such as whole year groups. We work with you to build a multi activity course that will work for all the group members, with a good mix of activities that suit your needs and the outcomes you are looking for. We split the group into smaller teams, so our instructors can adapt the session to make it inspiring, challenging, fun and achievable. And so everyone gets the quality supervision and coaching you would expect.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
The Hautes Alpes is the centre of white water rafting and kayaking in France, offering some of the most exciting rivers in Europe. The region has rivers of every grade so there is something for every group. Our team of highly experienced raft guides all work under the expert leadership of David King, one of the most highly respected guides in France. Our instructors encourage and train their students to navigate their inflatable bucking bronco through the thrills and spills of the Durance’s turbulent rapids. A full-on rollercoaster of a ride!
Split into teams of seven, students are first equipped with wet suits, neoprene footwear and helmets, plus a rash top if conditions necessitate. Then a full safety brief from David and his team, before the off! It is always the most favoured activity and allows a ride not to be forgotten.
The Hautes Alpes, located in the Southern French Alps, where the AlpBase Academy courses are run, offer some of the best “undiscovered” alpine scenery in Europe. The region is literally a giant mountain playground, and encompasses an area just smaller than the combined total size of the UK’s Lakes District, The Peak District and the Snowdonia National Park. Yet it only experiences 2 million visitors a year compared to the combined 40 million visitors that the Lakes, Peaks and Snowdonia receive annually!
The Hautes Alpes really are the alps as they used to be. The mountain treks and hikes offer our students the opportunity to enjoy breath taking views with zero people pollution in a dry mountainous region that benefits from 300 days of sunshine per annum. It is a stunning part of the world and walking through this alpine landscape our groups come face to face with “real” nature. Here they can enjoy some of the most spectacular alpine walking anywhere in Europe complete with stunning peaks, huge glacial mazes, deep cut valleys, alpine pasture land, sub alpine woodlands and deep-filled mountain tarns.
The Hautes Alpes also has abundant wildlife. Look out for eagles, chamois, Ibex, willow grouse, and the ubiquitous marmots – always a favorite with our children. In all there are 167 rare and valuable species of fauna and the flora is equally diverse with over 1,800 varieties. Away from the traditional lavender fields of Provence you might find blue thistles, lilies, and alpine orchids as well as high altitude plants such as androsace, and edelweiss.
All our treks are run by local International Mountain Leaders who will not only guide but educate about the area including its geology and geomorphology, and so help our students get the most out of this awesome mountain arena.
STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a new and exciting paddle sport where students learn to paddle specially constructed floating boards, like giant surfboards, enjoying new skills and balance.
SUP is an offshoot of surfing that originated in Hawaii. Unlike traditional surfing where the rider sits until a wave comes, stand up paddle boarders stand upright on their boards and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water. We use SUP to teach our eager students how to navigate open Lakeland waters; it’s a great way to quickly engage students as they learn to navigate and propel their 3-meter-long boards.
Our Stand-up paddlers wear wet suits and stand bare footed on the boards. They start from the shore kneeling on one leg and quickly learn to stand and turn. SUP is a fun sport and is quick to pick up with endless tricks and skills to learn and master. All our SUP courses are run at Serre Poncon. At 25km long, it is the biggest man-made lake in Western Europe. Our SUP base makes full use of a small protected inlet, where students learn to paddle the boards and try out some of the many tricks, complete with lots of falling in and ubiquitous laughter!
Land art, or Earth art, is an art form in which landscape and the work of art are inextricably linked. It is an art form that is created from nature, using natural materials such as soil, rock (boulders, stones etc.), and organic media (logs, branches, leaves). Sculptures are not placed in the landscape, rather the landscape is the means of their creation.
Using fully qualified “Land Art” teachers, our courses allow students to fully engage with their natural surroundings. This is an ideal chance for children age 10 and upwards to get creative, working alongside and inspired by our artists, using only natural materials that students often find by foraging. They learn to create three dimensional sculptures, and create art from materials they find in the forests and mountain terrain that surround them. Land art provides the perfect environment for learning about nature and represents one of our more relaxed activities, sometimes used as a welcome chance to use their mental skills, at the end of a super charged week of physical activities
The following course was developed for an international school based in France. They wanted an inclusive course based around water sports for their year 7's, around 60 students and staff. They wanted something that all the students would enjoy, and to encourage team work and getting to know each other. They also wanted an educational aspect to the vist.
|SAT||AM: Travel day|
PM: Welcome to centre and brief on the week
|Tree top adventure|
All day Sailing
Stand Up Paddle
|All day Sailing|
Stand Up Paddle
Tree top adventure
|All Day Sailing|
|Stand Up Paddle|
Tree top adventure
All day Sailing
All Day Sailing
Walking with donkeys
|Jerry Gore talk|
|Walking with donkeys|
|Awards and disco night|
Thank you for another great Year 9 KS3 multi-activity course. It was a pleasure to work with you, as always – a great week. I was completely worn out by the end of the week, but with 62 students and 10 teachers in total it was a lot to process! In terms of the pupils we managed to get through waves, up climbs and over mountains, I think that the week was one of the most successful I can remember. Your program in the Hautes Alpes remains just about the most adventurous and ambitious course imaginable for kids of that age from a city school – long may it stay that way!!
Head of Business Studies
British School of Paris
Jun 9, 2013
From Michael Farley
Subject: Re: Well done and THANK YOU .......Leadership In Action
To all climbing participants,
Thank you so much for supporting our Climbers Against Diabetes fund raising challenge. And thank you for your inspiring school presentation, Jerry.
We're very happy to have given Sam and all involved this opportunity - a great effort and all for your fantastic cause. Lots of kids are going to benefit from the climb.
Well done again to all involved - and thanks to you Jerry for the inspiration in the first place.
13 Jun 2016
From: Kevin Moran
To: Jerry Gore, The AlpBase Academy
I would like to say I have been highly impressed with this year’s Yr. 7 KS3 week. All activities have been a direct improvement on other providers course. Also, the whole team was very impressed with Rob Benton, our Course Director for Yr. 7 throughout the week.
Head of Activities
British School of Paris
Tuesday 21 June 2016
From: Headmaster – BSP To: Jerry Gore
Subject: Residential trip (British School of Paris)
I wanted to write to you and your team to express my thanks for all that you have done to make the 2016 BSP KS3 expeditions week such a success.
I am delighted to report that judging from all that I heard about the trips staff were very impressed with what they saw and did. Your corner of the Alps most definitely received a thumbs up!
Having spoken with the students it is clear that many achieved things of which they thought they were incapable, and ensuring that they know that they really do have true grit when it comes to facing obstacles. This opportunity will be a major element in shaping their approach to challenges in the future.
The British School of Paris
Thu, Jun 23, 2016
Thank you so much for an incredible ski touring trip.
When we came up with the plan of running a school backcountry skiing trip there really were no companies out there offering this trip. But having run sport climbing trips through AlpBase Academy for a number of years, they were the obvious choice and we spoke with Rob and Jerry who were excited to work with us on this project.
This trip was completely bespoke for our requirements and Rob worked with us tirelessly to plan every detail and was always available on the phone and email to answer every query I had. In the end, the trip surpassed all the expectations of everyone involved. The accommodation was perfect, the skiing amazing and the guide was knowledgeable, connected well with the students, was patient and very safety conscious. Even throughout the course, the itinerary was tweaked to tailor it to the abilities of the students and to take advantage of the excellent snow conditions.
I think this feedback from one parent says it all “My son had an absolutely fantastic time and is smitten with powder. For a boy of few words and not known for overstatement, his rating for the trip of 9.5 out of 10 said it all”
I look forward to working with AlpBase Academy for our next trip.
St Paul's School