A group of 19 alumni and friends gathered in Mürren on July 29 for a ten-day hike through the spectacular high Alps of the Jungfrau region in Switzerland. The first few days of hiking took place on the western side of the Lauterbrunnen Valley with gorgeous views of the famous trio of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau on the other side of the valley, then moved to the eastern side to hike around Wengen, Grindelwald, and Kleine Scheidegg.
Here and there, splinter groups who wanted a more challenging ascent or descent were able to set off on the ‘high road’ while the rest of the hikers chose the ‘low road’. The region is so well served with transportation, that there were frequently options to cut the walk short and use a cable car instead. This option was rarely taken though, this to ensure that the taste of the beer at the trail’s end would not be compromised by having taken the easy way down! On a typical day, 8 year old Anna, the youngest hiker, set a brisk pace while the rest were happy to follow. Lunch times were picnics in beautiful 'al fresco' surroundings (Mrs. Fleming would have approved!) or lunches in mountain restaurants serving typical Swiss alpine food.
Woven into the outings were many cultural detours and other attractions. These included the revolving restaurant of the Schilthorn (9800 feet) - also known as Piz Gloria thanks to the 007 movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service which was filmed there. Other exciting diversions were: hiking behind a waterfall at Sprütz, tasting ‘Hobelkäse’ at a cheese making farm, and visiting the thunderous Trümmelbach waterfalls which drain the local glaciers with a flow of 20,000 liters per second. Crowning it all was a train ride up to the 'Top of Europe', the Jungfraujoch at 11,800 ft, getting there via the tunnel which cuts through the north face of the Eiger. The final two days of hiking down by the turquoise-blue Brienzersee provided a complete change of scenery and pace.
Everyone agreed it was a great trip! A remarkable and satisfying camaraderie soon developed, so that already by trip’s end the participants had decided to get together for a reunion sometime in the coming year. Once again, our thanks go to Peter Boynton ’69 for his hard work planning and organizing this trip right down to the minutest detail, and to the whole Boynton family – Peter with son Burke and daughter Eva – for their expertise as guides. Everyone who participated has a whole host of favorite memories, and one of them has to be of Kahyah from Hawaii hiking barefoot, and in a lovely, floaty skirt! Perhaps she has started a new style for Alpine hiking gear? Come back next year to find out!
Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations