“engaging in challenging outdoor adventurous activities in order to develop leadership, teamwork, physical fitness, moral and physical courage and other personal attributes and skills that are vital to the delivery of operational capability” (British Army, 2013)
Don’t panic. What you do or don’t do depends on what you want and also where the edge of your comfort zone lies! Ultimately you don’t have to do it…. but it does remain a recommended part of your personal development programme. You can choose between skiing or boarding (on or off piste), walking, climbing, white water rafting, kayaking, cycling, mountaineering, via ferrata or paragliding.
Supervised by a guide or coach, you will not only have fun but you will be helped with the development of physical skills, communication skills, decision making under testing conditions, leadership, and, the equally important virtue of “followship”. Physical achievements, however modest, give a feeling of great well being and make for great character and confidence building. The MOD use Adventurous Training specifically to build courage. In terms of aiding CPD, the active learning process benefits from these sessions as in military tests they have been shown to increase the speed and accuracy of cerebral function and enhance “digestion” of recently acquired knowledge.
More about the activities:
In winter you have telecabine access to 265km of top quality piste in the Grand Massif incorporating Samoëns, Flaine, Sixt, Morillon and Les Carroz.
For off-piste this is the preferred destination of the Ski Club Of Great Britain. Also popular are the snow shoeing, ski mountaineering and cross country.
In spring, summer and autumn you have white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking and hydrospeed – all particularly fierce in spring when the snow melts or after one of the many summer electrical storms which are truly spectacular! We also have access to water skiing on a local lake.
Spring, summer and autumn are also bike times with mountain bikes (VTT) replacing skis on the lifts and road bikes appearing everywhere (try the Col de Joux Planes, a notoriously grueling section of the Tour de France).
For the truly adventurous Samoens is a big area for parapente (paragliding) and rock climbing, mountaineering or via ferrata.
For the slightly less adrenalin hungry the area offers fabulous walking all year round (you will need snow shoes in winter) It is possible to walk to the Swiss border from Samoens or Sixt stopping off in refuges on the way. For botanists the alpine flora is splendid especially in the botanical gardens and for the zoologists among you there is an abundance of wildlife in the form of eagles, chamois, wild boar and on the domesticated front, cows and goats – and yes they really do wear bells!
Who organises your Adventurous Training?
We work with local experts to ensure you get the best and safest guidance and tuition. Zig-Zag at www.zigzagski.com provide the snow sports. White water is provided by www.ecolorado.fr and parapenting by www.parapente-samoens.com. Climbing and via ferrata is supervised by www.valleeduhautgiffre.fr Have a look at the Samoens official website to see more.
We take care of the equipment hire, passes, guides etc. Not everyone has to do the same activity but its better and cheaper if you do.