August 6-12, 2022 the Crazy Mountain Camp took place in an amazing location high in the mountains in Valais (Switzerland). Mountain hiking, crazy group games, swimming in wild mountain lakes, hot tub…
We will be in a well equipped mountain hut in the middle of beautiful nature: mountains with peaks of up to 4.000 meters above sea level, glaciers, valleys, streams, fields and forests. It is in the Valais province in south-west Switzerland. It is a very spectacular environment.
From our hut, it is around 1 hour walking to get to the nearest village (altitude difference: 300m). In that village there is a bus stop. The hut can be reached by mountain bike as well.
The mountain hut is relatively luxurious for a mountain hut. The beds are bunk beds in dorms. There is also a single room. There is a modern kitchen, modern toilets and showers with warm water. Please do not expect luxury things like lounge chairs or personal privacy. No smoking in the house. In and around the house clothing is optional (faq)
We will be in Valais in the south west of Switzerland. One bus away from Brig and Brig can easily be reached by train; 5:30h from Frankfurt (with one change) for example; 6:45 hr from Paris with two changes; 2 hr by direct train from Milano; 5 hours from Lyon with one change. And also from (for example) Berlin, Budapest, Vienna, Rome etc. you can reach Brig with just one change. The other option is to offer or join a ride share, for example through blablacar or with other Crazy Mountain Camp participants (faq).
The days in the Crazy 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. And also if you want to spend your days relaxedly searching for berries or spotting birds, feel free to do so. Basically 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. At this altitude it can be that we’ll hike in full sunshine with 27 degrees air temperature – and it can be that we hike in fresh snow at some moment!
One thing about hiking in groups. Keep in mind that a ‘stronger’ person can adapt to a ‘slower’ person, but a ‘slower’ person can not adapt to a ‘stronger’ person. So when we hike in a group, we’ll set the capabilities of the ‘slower’ group members as standard while the ‘stronger’ people will have the satisfaction of applying their social skills by adapting to the group :-) The Crazy Mountain Camp is in the first place a social event.
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 something warmer also. A pair of hiking poles is helpful but not a necessity. If you suffer from vertigo or acrophobia, most of our hiking program will not make you feel happy.
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 around the hut. 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.
Cooking will be done by the group and for the group; no à la carte service :) Because we are high in the mountains, our resources are limited and we’ll all have to be flexible. If you are very precise/specific with your food, then this is not the right experience for you, sorry.
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The provided food is vegan.
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The provided drinks are non-alcoholic.
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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 photoshoot 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…)
If you are a couple, please understand that in the Crazy 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 opposite sides of the table during dinner, and accept that someone other than yourself might be giving your partner a massage of the sour muscles. Exceptionally, there are also two double bed rooms in this accommodation. See the “Deluxe double room” tab hereunder.
Your participation in the cost for these 6 days and nights is EUR 679 per person for accommodation, food (that we will cook together), epic fun, and life enriching experiences.
That is a great deal! However, don’t come if you are only interested in an affordable holiday. The Crazy Mountain Camp is all about the group, spending fun evenings together, doing crazy games, and enjoying the mountains together!
If you identify as female or are genderqueer and you choose to use the Gender Pay Gap Compensation (faq) then your reduced participation fee is EUR 579.
The reduced price of EUR 579 is also available for students and people that receive unemployment benefits. In these cases you will be asked to provide a proof of your status.
If you feel that the Crazy Mountain Camp is really the right experience for you and you are seriously struggling with the participation fee: please reach out to me.
What is included/provided?
+ Simple lunch (sandwiches, leftovers of yesterdays dinner)
+ Dinner (we will cook together; food will be mainly vegan)
+ Coffee, tea, water, juice
+ Unforgettable fun
+ Meaningful experiences
x Snacks, fruit, energy bars, soft drinks etc.
x Sleeping bags
x Cable car tickets if we include cable car rides in our hikes
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.
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