President (2020) : Pierre Fabre ()
Schedule : Week-end
Places/Clubs : According to weather and theme
The 2018/2019 team of the mountain club was able to follow a full course over an entire year. This, given by the Ariège guide office, enabled the active members of the group to become quasi-independent in the mountains: rocky mountaineering trips, long routes, then in winter, mountaineering corridors, ski touring and ice climbing allowed to understand all the terrains and to get acquainted with the high mountain environment. This practical training was supplemented by theoretical information given during outings and a search for an avalanche victim on campus. A tight-knit team with a very active core has thus developed.
Ten of them wished to remain part of the club for the year 2020, which shows a strong attachment on their part to the mountain club. In addition, there are nineteen new members this year. This new team seems to be working very well. The outings are always very popular, and it is appreciable to see the new going to climb on the wall to learn the techniques of ropes, and the old ones to organize outings in autonomy, thanks to the training which they could follow the last year. In addition, an intervention by the guide at Supaero open to all concerning the risks in the mountains and the good reflexes to adopt in the event of a glitch allowed many superairians to understand the ins and outs of winter practices.
The mountain club is therefore doing well and its members seem delighted to take part in such an experience, and take obvious pleasure in bringing it to life.
Corridor out of the 8/12/2018
The snow is struggling to reach the Pyrenees at the beginning of the 2018/2019 season, but our mountaineers have still discovered the rise of a corridor!
They attacked the ascent of Rocher des Isards at 2700m. Two roped parties of 3 people left the Pas de la Casa in Andorra at 1900m.
The corridor was on the north face and after a few meters on a ridge they reached the summit. The descent then took place on the east side.
This outing allowed our team to discover the use of ice axes and crampons, the installation of jams in cracks to ensure during the ascent. Our climbers could even see a isard at 30 meters during the descent.
Great Way exit of 24/11/2018
Release cohesion and cartography 2018
In this sweet month of October and following the selection of new members, the Mountain team made its first outing of the year. It was a cartography outing in a cohesive goal of the new team!
After a morning hike to our refuge on Saturday morning, an orienteering around a glacier lake occupied our afternoon.
On Sunday, we walked a lot, a lot: between screes, streams and lackeys, the kilometers paraded in the middle of a splendid and intact mountain !! Under a leaden and unexpected sun at this time of the year, we climbed the Pic d'Etang Faury before descending the 1800m of elevation climbed during these two days!
A superb outing where the whole group got to know each other. Our super-mountain mountaineers can not wait to get down to business with the big-way out!
The operation of the ISAE-SUPAERO Mountain Club has undergone a number of changes this year, with the creation, in September, of the Mountain Team consisting of 16 students. This evolution was decided in the direction of directing the activities of the Club towards a goal of training rather than of leisure, by maintaining and establishing a group dynamics rather than occasional individual evolution as it was the case before.
This new formula was a great success in terms of the demands and commitment of the students on the team: 30 students came to the interviews, and among the team, the average participation in the outings is 3, 25 days (on an initial commitment of 8) (given the busy period at the beginning of the year - campaigns, tournaments ...-, it's a good number).
Nevertheless, several points need to be raised and improved: -
No students from outside the Team were able to participate in an outing. -
A small period of "dry" at the time of campaigns, rather normal given the general fatigue at this time. After consultation with the guides, it will be necessary to avoid placing outings at this time of the year.
The main concern appearing in the mid-existence of the team is the virtual exclusion of the rest of the students of Supaero: following a club under-functioning last year, I feel as if I have fallen into the inverse excess. Two tracks are therefore to consider:
1) A larger exit budget allowing for more outings, thus allowing more people to join the Team. However, in the current operation, more budget involves more students participating in the outings: the places are currently limited by the number of students that can guide a guide. Thus, a pure budget increase does not represent, for me, the ideal solution (unless doubling the budget and engaging two guides per output ...).
2) A kind of "general reservation" of pupils at the beginning of the year: the students pay at the beginning of the year in advance the number of days they wish to participate (under presentation of the schedule of the outings). This may be a possible avenue, while risking seeing some outings (ski touring ...) again over-frequenting compared to others. In addition, this penalizes the "training" and "group dynamics" aspect introduced by the team.
In conclusion of this moral report, I think that this team is still only a draft that will be incumbent on the next president, Antoine Blondel, to improve!
Initiating mountaineering, ice climbing initiation and especially initiation ski initiation are those that have been the subject of the most requests (20 entries for 8 places in ski touring).
For ski touring, an additional outing (3 instead of 2) is planned next winter to allow more beginners to learn before the perf outing. These two measures should balance the registrations at the different exits.
At the same time, many independent outings in all activities are organized by the members of the club, which allows the use of the equipment and the application of the learned techniques, and ensures the life of the club with a good understanding between its members.