No one ever like to take class photos. They catch you at horrible times and they put you in ridiculous poses sitting on wooden steps. But there is one class at a university in Switzerland who took one of the coolest photos ever. Students at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland made sure their photo was incredibly memorable. 14 students of a class climbed the Swiss Alps to take their photo near the summit of Pierre Avoi, a peak just east of Geneva.
They climbed a grueling ascent to an altitude of over 2,400 meters to take a unique photo. They appear to be defying gravity by, literally, sitting at a 90-degree angle on the side of a rock face up in the high Alps. They brought a wooden bench set to “sit on” and they made sure to screw in a school name sign to make it look like a real school photograph. They repelled down the rock face to set it up with ropes and screwed the props in so that they could take the gravity-defying photograph.
Their goal was to top the picture the class had taken the year before. The previous years class did a video of the class during an extreme snowboarding and biking trip at high altitudes as well. It took a whole crew to get this done. They brought along several guides and a 4 person camera crew. The crew brought 2 drone cameras to document the entire journey that they took in order to accomplish this amazing photograph.
There was preparation that took place in order to accomplish this amazing feat. They practiced repelling down the side of a building on the school’s campus to get the practice. This is the type of journey and job that you don’t just wake up one day and decide to do. They practiced repelling and setting up the props so that the expedition and the photograph situation went as smoothly as possible.
What an amazing experience to have in college and amazing lessons to learn. This is the type of thing that goes beyond the classroom to real-life applications of lessons and personal resolve. This journey is something that a person would be proud to say that they were able to accomplish. To be able to achieve this in college would give a student a great amount of confidence in themselves to know that they can conquer anything that is put in front of them.
College students go through school, normally sitting in a classroom and reading from a textbook and taking tests. Being able to take the things that you have learned and apply it in such a memorable way is an invaluable experience. It is a way to cement the things that you have learned and to solidify the confidence that you need before you move on to the next step in life.
When you deal with the things that everyone needs to deal with in life, a journey like that will show you that you have what it takes to do whatever needs to be done.