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Euro Camp Jeep 2003

By Alex Van Boxel

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Euro Camp JeepOn day two we finally got to use our own Jeep with the Jeep Convoy. The convoy brought us to Col de la Fourclaz at an altitude of 2495 meters, along nice scenic routes, through the woods and across ski runs.

Living in a fairly flat country I wasn’t used to the magnificent views in the mountains. They were breathtaking. The temperature drop, because of the height was noticeable, but it was still quite comfortable.

In the afternoon we did the Jeep Les Suches. It consisted of three different activities. First, we did the same climb to Col de la Fourclaz, but via a quicker route. Then we started with Jeep Quad.

After a quick introduction to driving quads we followed our instructor in a convoy. It was a lot of fun, but you noticed that the quads had some problems with the altitude and probably with the dust in the air filters, although it was probably safer that way.

Euro Camp Jeep
Euro Camp Jeep

Next was the Jeep Radio Slalom. Here the co-pilot had the biggest job. The driver got six photos and had to search where the shots where taken. Using the radio, we had to describe our location to the co-pilot and he had to mark the location on the map and find it. It was a real communications test.

After that in the Jeep GPS Maze we had to find five different locations marked with GPS coordinates. I switched places with my co-pilot because I had experience operating the GPS, so he drove the Jeep. Our teamwork brought us back in around twelve minutes - three minutes before the next team.

After the country dinner, there was again an evening ceremony. The video of the day was a lot of fun. After the performance of another Italian band, the party ran until 3am.

On the last day, our very last activity of the Camp was the Jeep Raid (ralley). The raid was a road book with twelve photo shots that we had to recognize and mark in the book.

First, we drove on the road through the Courmayeur to the village of Dolanne. There we got off the road onto the ski sloops until we reached a height of 2400 meters, with a spectacular view on the glacier and the Mont Blant summit where we enjoyed a nice coffee break.

On the way back down, we made a stop to plant a tree for a reforestation campaign that was sponsored by Camp Jeep.

Euro Camp Jeep
Euro Camp Jeep

We were a little disappointed that we missed most of the closing ceremony. The raid took too long and, worst of all, we didn’t get the prize for our GPS Maze victory due to an administrative mistake. But it didn’t take the magic away from the amazing adventure we had during the days at Euro Camp Jeep.

We were all amazed of how professionally-organized the event was. The only thing you had to do was stick to the schedule and you could participate in all of the activities.

After having a good and exhausting time at Euro Camp Jeep, we prepared for our long drive home. This was my first camp, but after having so much fun, it will certainly not be my last.

Many interesting current Jeeps, concepts, and historical models were on display
at Euro Camp Jeep
Euro Camp Jeep
Euro Camp Jeep
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Euro Camp Jeep
Euro Camp Jeep
Euro Camp Jeep
Euro Camp Jeep
Euro Camp Jeep
Euro Camp Jeep
Euro Camp Jeep
Euro Camp Jeep
Euro Camp Jeep


 
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