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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.