Latest Expedition Reports

OYT Scotland West Coast Challenge

Unit: Headquarters Air Cadets
Location: Scotland West Coast
Date: August 2017
Activities: Sailing
As the cadets first set their eyes on the 72’ Ocean Youth Trust Scotland Ketch, Alba Venturer, which was to be their home and workplace for the next 7 days, there were mixed comments and expressions of apprehension. None of the selected Air Cadets had ever taken part in an...

Trans Andes Expedition 2017

Unit: Budmouth College CCF
Location: Ecuador
Date: July 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Mountain Biking, Jungle School
For cadets from Budmouth College the adventure started a little early as the American Airlines Boeing pushed back at Miami after the catering was struck by lightning. As the aircraft taxied to the runway the most violent of thunderstorms erupted over the airfield. There the plane sat for three hours...

Stirling Venturer 2017

Unit: TS Stirling
Location: USA
Date: July 2017
Activities: Canoeing/Mountaineering, Rock Climbing/Other, Multi
On 16th July 11 cadets and three Cadet Force Adult Volunteers from TS Stirling Sea Cadets in Birmingham set off for the adventure of a life time in the USA.  They were off to join 300 American cadets from 19 high schools in New England that are part of the...

Canada Summer School Waterborne Training and Survival Skills 2017

Unit: Chester-le-Street Sea Cadets
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
Date: August 2017
Activities: Other, Multi
In August 2017, 5 members of staff and 14 cadets from Chester le Street Sea Cadets spent 10 days in Nova Scotia, Canada hosted by Llewellyn SCC. The assistance from the Ulysses Trust enabled the cadets and staff to participate in a training programme that included both land and water...


Unit: 7006 Sqn RAuxAF
Location: Sardinia
Date: July 2017
Activities: Trekking
Ex COCKNEY BARBARIAN was a Summer Mountaineering Expedition organised by PJHQ J2 Division to the Supramonte Region of Sardinia. Coming from PJHQ, the group was very diverse, incorporating regulars and reserves from across the tri-service community. As a rare opportunity to conduct Adventurous Training in a busy operational Headquarters, the...


Unit: JHC, 6AAC, 335 Med Evac, London Scottish
Location: Nepal, Sagarmatha National Park
Date: April 2017
Activities: Mountaineering
On 19 April 2017 a team of 21 regular and reserve soldiers left London for Nepal to take part in Exercise Diamond Peak; a month long high altitude trekking and climbing expedition to the Himalayas. The expedition was planned as part of the Army Air Corps (AAC) Diamond Jubilee Celebrations...

Ex Northern Bavarian Trek

Unit: HQNW Cadet Training Team
Location: Germany, Bavaria
Date: September 2017
Activities: Trekking, Exploring
Headquarters Northwest Cadet Training Team has not completed any AT for a number of years as a team. Some of the team have served in Germany and never had the opportunity to visit Bavaria.  The initial uptake was great, however due to the courses programmes and other changes we set...

Ex Yeoman Amphibian 2017 – Royal Yeomanry & Queen’s Own Yeomanry

Unit: Royal Yeomanry, Queen's Own Yeomanry
Location: UK
Date: June 2017
Activities: Sailing, running
It was to the beat of Welsh drums that the RNLI Lifeboat led Ajax and 13 other boats out of the harbour to the start line of the Three Peaks Yacht Race, while several hundred spectators watched the spectacle from across the broad Barmouth sands. The Three Peaks is the original...

Ex Northern Enduro – Northumbria UOTC

Unit: Northumbria UOTC
Location: La Thuile, Italy
Date: July 2017
Activities: Mountain biking, white water rafting
La Thiule – Mountain biking. After a fantastic two weeks of military training in Germany for Annual Camp, 20 officer cadets and training staff embarked on a one-week adrenaline filled training expedition mountain biking in La Thiule located in the Italian alps. The expedition aim was to bring potential officers out...

Ex Baltic Pelican – Ardingly College CCF

Unit: Ardingly College CCF
Location: Sweden, Finland, Baltic Sea
Date: July 2017
Activities: Sailing
Exercise Baltic Pelican was the Summer Sailing Expedition for Ardingly College Combined Cadet Force (CCF) undertaken between the 16th and 22nd of July 2017. The Expedition sailed across the Baltic (hence the expedition name) from Stockholm in Sweden to Turku in Finland. There are no Pelicans in the Baltic but it...

Ex Northern Sierra – 154 (Scottish) Transport Regiment RLC

Unit: 154 (Scottish) Transport Regiment RLC
Location: Spain, Andalucia
Date: May 2017
Activities: Mountain Biking
In late May 2017, after a 6 month build up period, 20 members of 154 Regiment set out from Scotland bound for Granada in Southern Spain and a week-long Mountain-biking expedition. The membership of this group represented the Regiment’s Reserve make-up in almost perfect microcosm; 6 Girls and 14...

Gurkha Everest Expedition 2017 – HQBG

Unit: HQBG
Location: Nepal, Mount Everest
Date: May 2017
Activities: Mountaineering
‘On 16th May at 0650 we made it to the top of the world, Mt Everest, and I was so happy I can’t express what I was feeling.’ LCpl Umesh Gurung, 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles The Gurkha Everest Expedition has given a unique opportunity to 22 members of the...

Scotland Staff AT Development – Plymouth & Cornwall Wing ATC

Unit: Plymouth & Cornwall Wing ATC
Location: Cairngorms, Scotland
Date: May 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
In May and June of 2017, several members of staff and senior cadets from Plymouth & Cornwall and Dorset & Wiltshire Wings, Royal Air Force Air Cadets , spent 8 days in the Cairngorm National Park, residing at Feshiebridge Lodge, Aviemore. With assistance from the Ulysses Trust, the aim of the...

Ex Arctic Express – London UOTC

Unit: London UOTC
Location: UK, Faroes, Iceland
Date: May 2017
Activities: Sailing
On the 21st May 2017 a fifteen-strong crew, led by Maj Terry Hackett of London UOTC, began a two-week Adventure Training exercise onboard Yacht ‘Adventure’, one of the Army’s two Challenger 72’ Ocean going sail training yachts. The aim of Ex Artic Express was to challenge participants in a demanding...