If you are a member of the Volunteer Reserve or Cadet Forces of the UK, and your unit is organising an expedition or adventurous training activity, the Ulysses Trust may be able to provide financial support.

Annual Review 2018

To read or download our 2018 Annual Review, please click the image below


Recent Tweets

We are just finishing off the Winter 2019 edition of our newsletter. There's some absolutely cracking stuff in this edition. Sorry, but you'll have to wait until it's published in a couple of weeks before we can reveal more...

The esteemed explorer @Paul_Rose in the hallowed portals of the @RGS_IBG enlightening the competitors for the @aircadets Shackleton Trophy Best Expedition Award. Paul shared sage advice on how to fit adventure into life @UlyssesTrust @RAF_Pres_Team @wokling8 @JakeAlpertRAF

https://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/jordan-beecher-of-st-albans-has-been-given-a-prince-of-wales-award-1-6365426 Congratulations Jordan well deserved | @OxfordshireA @UlyssesTrust

👣I chat with explorer Levison Wood re. expeditions & roles/charity work @RGS_IBG @ExplorersClub @cassbusiness @AMECA11 @NHM_London @EndeavourFund @Soldierscharity
@BritishArmy @ICC @UlyssesTrust @tusk_org @gwtorg @UNICEF_uk @CODE4Vets @supportthewalk
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You are very welcome! Good luck in your preparations and please keep in touch.

Congrats to ACF Cadet Sergeant Jordan Beecher who was awarded a commendation #powexpedtionawards presented by HM Lord Lieutenant of Oxford Mr Tim Stevenson at a @SouthEastRFCA event last night. The winning expedition was Atlantic Trident 2017 http://ow.ly/SB8T50wZaUI

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Mr Tim Stevenson, is presenting awards to outstanding Reserves and Cadets this evening @PembrokeOxford Supported by @7RIFLES_CO @Fullers @UlyssesTrust #LordLieutenant #Awards

@UlyssesTrust great report showcasing the amazing Adventure Training opportunities that would not be possible without the support from trusts like yourselves. https://twitter.com/UlyssesTrust/status/1188733409335611392

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Expedition Videos

Here are a selection of expedition videos produced by Reservist, Cadet and UOTC units we have supported.

HRH The Prince of Wales, Our Patron

We are privileged to enjoy the Patronage of The Prince of Wales who is a keen advocate of expeditions and adventurous activities. This video was recorded for The Ulysses Trusts’ 25th Anniversary Reception at Lancaster House on Thursday 15th February 2018.


Our Ambassadors

Our ambassadors Levison Wood and Tania Noakes are often out and about exploring the wilderness, climbing mountains and promoting the Ulysses Trust.

Find out what they are up to at the moment via clicking on their Instagram photos below.

Levison Wood

  • Over the moon to announce that my documentary ‘Arabia’ has been shortlisted for the best documentary series in the television broadcast awards. It’s a real honour to be nominated against such stiff competition, and a real vindication against all the naysayers who said it couldn’t be done. With an amazing team to thank, and a lot of hard work, grit and determination, anything can be done. Thank you everyone that believed in the project and supported along the way. Go team Blackmane! #arabiawithlevisonwood @discovery_uk  @skyvisionofficial 📸@simonbuxton #arabia #iraq @leicauk #leicasl #wolfsongmedia #broadcastawards
  • Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal. Cant wait to get back in Feb next year with @we_are_photojourney where I’ll be teaching a masterclass on photography @leicauk #Kathmandu #nepal #photography #leica #leicasl
  • Mutual head rub with a baby elephant. No biggie. But I do have a big announcement regarding my new book, coming very soon! Watch this space.... 😁 @tusk_org @generation_tusk 📸 by @simonbuxton #leicasl 🐘
  • Yemen. 2 years ago today I travelled to one of the most enigmatic countries I’ve ever had the good fortune to explore. Not only were the people extremely hospitable but the land also really beautiful. I filmed in Yemen as part of my journey ‘Arabia’ shown on Discovery Channel, and there’s more detail in my book of the same name. #arabiawithlevisonwood #photography #yemen #almahra #arabia #leica

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Tania Noakes

  • Wave watching at Cala Fuili and breathing in time by the sea... my kind of meditation. 🧘🏻‍♀️🥰
#calafuili #calagonone #saltspray #rawnature #autumninsardinia #wavemeditation #seapower #hypnotic #restandrecovery
  • The adventurous spirit... Crossing the Merced river by shooting star meadow. JMT 2003.
I have been an Ambassador for @ulyssestrust for the last three years. They are an organisation that raises money to support Reservists and Cadets participating in adventurous activities.
I was asked by them recently what “Adventure” meant to me.  The question encouraged reflection on the main influences on my life-path so far.
Looking back I appreciate how my family nurtured an adventurous spirit in me from my childhood. Creating opportunities for a bright and curious mind to explore new horizons and push boundaries without ever feeling dangerously out of depth or unsupported.
I’ve come to believe that it’s this adventurous spirit, rather than the adventure itself which is most important; and we don’t have to travel to the other side of the world to nurture this.
The essence of adventure is in finding the courage, both physical and mental, to take on a new challenge. Something where success is not guaranteed and there is real risk of some kind of loss should you fail. 
The real prize is not the success itself but the opportunity for personal growth... and the hidden beauty of this is that personal growth can happen whether you succeed or fail.
You can be your own quiet observer in this process. When you feel hesitant to step forward, fearful of rejection or daunted by the possibility of failing in something that matters to you... take note of those moments, for they are the subtle way-markings of adventure.
You can choose to follow the path... to calm your nerves and step forward into the fray. Sure, you may not always succeed, but the flip side is that no one who takes that first step in full awareness ever really fails.
The challenges you set yourself may not get easier... but by nurturing an adventurous spirit, taking that first step does get easier; and recognising the way-marks of adventure that are all around us in our everyday lives becomes almost intuitive.
“We have nothing to fear, except fear itself” #franklindroosevelt #adventure #thewayofadventure #takethefirststep #thejourney #adventuretraining #crosstheriver #johnmuirtrail #liveyourdreams @brit_mt_guides
  • Exploring old shepherds paths to punta Giradilli which soars above Pedra Longa and the start of the classic selvaggio blu trek. 🧗🏻‍♀️⛰🐐
I’m using these shortening Autumn days to explore the Orosei coastline more deeply and finalise  planning for next years adventures out here in Sardinia. 
If you are looking for the perfect combination of inspiration, excitement, challenge and relaxation then come out and join me!  I can promise you an immersion in this timeless coastline where these complex mountains meet the sea. Time here forges lasting memories that will uplift you long into the future! 🌟🥰
I’ll be posting more details later this month. 
#sardinianadventures #theadventurouslife #funforallthefamily #costadibaunei #limestonelovers #mountaingoat #surefooted #enduringmemories #springbreak #reconnectwithnature #sardiniainmyheart #simpleattraction #lovemywork #britishmountainguides
  • The autumn season here begins to tail off and there is a step change in the number of visitors.  Direct flights from Europe practically stop for the winter... and yet the waters stay warm and inviting, the beaches hauntingly empty and the Orosei coast regains a little wildness that is lost in the summer crowds. 
Thank you @marilovicu86 for a wonderful day, your smile and energy lifts and lightens always. Learning to love this island through your radiant friendship feels as if I’ve found a corner-piece of my life jigsaw. 🥰🤗
#cornerpiece #truefriendship #soulsisters #sardinia #oroseicoast #orosei #sardiniansea #sardinianadventures #strongforever #radiantsmile #totalbeauty #biglove

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