Each year on the 14th July, Chamoniards here in Chamonix and people across France come together to celebrate a national holiday, known as Bastille Day and formally called La Fête Nationale. In Paris on the 14th July 1789, the forceful holding of a medieval prison, the Bastille, became a symbolic event and signalled an important turning point in the […] Read more
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Our French Intensive Course is in its fourth week but its never too late to join us! Starting Monday the 16th July, beginner and Intermediate/advanced students are welcome to start and join one of our groups. Come and challenge your mind, make new friends and learn French this summer! Please check out the courses […] Read more
On Friday, 6th July the students came to Insted for their regular morning French lessons and afterwards set off to Vallorcine with their camping gear and their intrepid leaders, Trevor and Emma. Over the weekend, with the weather being ideal, the Overland students hiked some of the best walks around Vallorcine. On Friday afternoon, they […] Read more
One of the best international climbing competitions is commencing tomorrow! The IFSC Climbing World Cup for speed and lead sports climbing will be held from 11th to 13th July in Chamonix. This exciting event will have over 12,000 spectators watching elite athletes compete at the Place du Mont Blanc. Here is the competition’s schedule for […] Read more
Luckily, our brave Overland students have had very sunny and warm weather during the daytime so the hikes to the Lac Vert, Chalet de Cerro and the Tete du Grand Chantet were glorious. On Monday afternoon, Karine took both groups up to the Animal Park at Merlet. They started off with a picnic at Les […] Read more
The 7th edition of the Arc’teryx Alpine Academy is in town this weekend, uniting alpine enthusiasts of all levels with mountain guides and professional athletes. The 3 day event is hosting various types of clinics to advance your mountain skills and gain alpine knowledge from Friday 5th until Sunday the 8th July. The clinics offered […] Read more
Here at Insted we are enjoying our first week with our summer Overland students and leaders! The students brave the heat and had great days out and about in Chamonix. On Monday the students, with their leaders, met our teacher’s Karine and Emlilie at the school. Each student then had a brief chat with the […] Read more