May 2nd till May 7, 2016 the Crazy May Mountain Camp took place in a silent valley in the French Alps. Mountain hikes; crazy group games, sauna, spending time away from everything!
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This event has taken place in May 2016 and is history. So you can not sign up for this event anymore.
Winter is over… let’s come together in the mountains and enjoy how Nature comes back to life!
We’ll have a mountain hut just for our group in a remote valley in the Alps, at an altitude of 1.300m and far away from “civilisation”. In the daytime we will be hiking in the overwhelming mountain landscapes with picnics and some simple meditations. In the evening we will organize crazy group games, cook and eat together, we’ll enjoy the unique Crazy Camp Mountain Sauna etc. The Crazy May Mountain Camp will be an refreshing adventure!
We will be in a simple mountain hut, far away from the noise and rumble of cities and villages, in the middle of beautiful nature: mountains with peaks of up to 2.700 metres above sea level, canyons, rivers, fields and forests. In the valley it’s just us, some hikers every now and then, and the shepherd. The nearest village is some 4 kilometers away.
The hut is simple and offers little comfort and no personal privacy. All beds are in one big room. There is an open kitchen with a wood stove and there is a toilet and a shower. There will be max. 8 people in our group. No smoking in the house or in the sauna.
The days in the Crazy May Mountain Camp will be dedicated to mountain hiking. Not mountaineering; no ropes, crampons or helmets. More info on the trail classifications (T1 etc.) here. Please do read!
There is a hiking program set up but it is not an obligation to participate; if you are a seasoned mountaineer you might prefer to go rock climbing by yourself instead of hiking with our group. If you prefer to spend your day spotting birds, that’s fine also. In general everybody is expected to participate in the group life at the end of the day and in the evening. (faq)
Weather conditions in the mountains can change fast and often. For this reason, the program can be changed according to what is safe and enjoyable.
Please keep the following in mind: the Crazy Mountain Camp is more a social event than a sportive event. The ‘weakest’ group member will set the pace. If you are a very sporty guy/girl that gets nervous if you have to hike a bit slower and/or have a pause more often than what you’re used to, you might be a problem for yourself and for the group.
Although the Crazy Mountain Camp is intended to be a relaxed, non-competitive event, mountain hiking is a sports activity that demands some extra attention for two reasons: altitude and safety. You don’t really need to have experience in mountain hiking, but you will need a fair condition, good mountain hiking shoes, a daypack, a water bottle, rain protection and some warm ‘layers’. A pair of hiking poles is helpful but not a necessity. If you suffer from vertigo or acrophobia, our hiking program will not make you feel happy.
What if I love mountains but don’t want to join that ‘serious’ hiking?
I really like the whole idea and I would really like to join, but I’m really not into all this T3 and T4 hiking. Are there options for me?
Yes there are. You can make easy hikes for example to the village. For these kind of hikes you don’t even need mountain hiking shoes; good walking shoes will do the job, but forget about flip flops, heels and mocassins. If you’re into nature photography or drawing landscapes, you will find a multitude of subjects within 500 meters from the hut…
Most probably you will not be the only one that will not join the bigger hikes.
There is space and time for workshop-like activities, so if you would like to share some of your knowledge or skills, feel free! Maybe you want to teach us some capoeira, do a photo session, or make us sing the traditionals of your native culture? Just some ideas… it really can be anything. Another fun activity that we’ll be doing together is… cooking! (and cleaning afterwards…)
Your participation in the cost for these 5 days and nights is EUR 265 per person for accommodation, food (that we will cook together) and tourist taxes.
or EUR 225 if you are female and you choose to make use of the Gender Pay Gap Compensation (faq)
That is cheap! However, don’t come if you are only interested in an affordable holiday. The Crazy May Mountain Camp is all about the group, spending fun evenings together, doing crazy games, and enjoying the mountains together!
What is included/provided and what is not?
+ Simple lunch (sandwiches, leftovers of yesterdays dinner)
+ Dinner (we will cook together)
+ Coffee, tea, milk, water, juice
– Snacks, fruit, energy bars, energy drinks, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages
+ Tourist taxes
– Sleeping bags
+ Unforgettable fun
If you are a couple, please understand that in the Crazy May Mountain Camp you can not behave like a couple. In general the beds are allocated through a lottery (faq) and we’re all sleeping in one big space. And you are expected to participate in all activities and group life as individuals and not as a couple. Yes you will be hugging – in the numerous group hugs! So be prepared to sit each at the other extreme of the group table during dinner, and accept that someone else than yourself might be giving your partner a massage of the sour muscles.
How to get there
We will be in the Hautes Alpes in the southeast of France. Grenoble airport (and high speed train) is at 110km, Lyon airport is at 220km, Marseille airport at 185km and Torino at 210km
From Benelux (and Lyon or Genève) there is a ride share available (faq), approx. EUR 100 two-way per person.
Don’t miss these 5 nights in the mountains!
LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN TOGETHER!
If you want to participate in this event, then you’re out of luck… It is a past event! Please check out the other upcoming Crazy Camps or sign up for the newsletter and I’ll keep you updated about new Crazy Camps.